Dell Streak and the 2.1 Update

Dell Streak and the 2.1 Update

The Dell Streak was released back in June with Android 1.6 and most people where slightly disappointed to say the least. Not because Dell’s first foray into the Android tablet/phone space was a bad one, but it didn’t include Google’s latest Android goodness. The device on the whole was a well accomplished and beautifully executed bit of work on Dell’s part but the omission of Android 2.1 took something away from the device and made it feel a little outdated and slow.

The Streak got a new lease of life with the 2.1 update which makes the device quick and responsive and the added multi-touch feature makes using the 5” device a joy. The performance updates have improved the browsing experience and the whole usability of the device.

The update also gives you improved app compatibility and allows you to install pretty much anything and everything from the Android Marketplace. The native exchange support means you can now hook this up to your corporate emails straight out of the box. No need to use third party applications to hook into your corporate infrastructure.

Initial doubts about the Streak’s target market have been allayed with this upgrade broadening the device’s appeal from early adopters. It’s now a viable sofa-surfer, media player, laptop substitute for travellers and even mobile-working solution (via Exchange sync) for the professional.