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5 Facts About The Dell Streak That Will Surprise You

The Dell Streak is quietly turning out to be one of the hottest smartphones on the market although it is still lagging behind the HTC Desire according to Google. Plus we've managed to track down some surprising facts about the device.

1. It can be used as a hotspot

The Dell Streak can be used as a hotspot assuming that you manage to hack the device and install the latest version of Android, Froyo, on it. Froyo supports tethering and WiFi hotpot natively, which means that the Dell Streak can become a wireless router. Whether O2 and other will allow that remain to be seen.

2. It is a smartphone, not a tablet

Smartphone or Tablet? Well, technically the Streak is a smartphone with a bigger screen simply because it can make calls. In comparison, other tablets like the MSI Wind Pad or the iPad cannot make calls at all without using 3rd party solutions like Skype or Vopium.

3. It has one of the toughest screens in the world

The Streak has one of the most badass displays, let alone touchscreen capacitive ones, in the world. Made by Corning, the Gorilla glass can be tortured and stabbed without flinching. You'd have to be brave to do the same on your monitor or your iPhone's display.

4. The Streak is thinner than the iPhone

The Streak is 10mm thick which is 20 percent less than the iPhone 3GS which stood at 12.3mm. It is likely to be as thin as the next generation iPhone 4G as well. How Dell has managed to cram so much firepower into such a thin form factor is a mystery. Soon hopefully, someone will do a proper teardown.

5. It has only 2GB onboard memory

O2 might be marketing the Streak as a 16GB or 32GB device, but in reality, it only has 2GB onboard which is used for system and applications files only. O2 has bundled 16GB and 32GB microSD cards which is fortunately accessible to the user (rather than stuck behind a battery).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.