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Dell Streak: Software

In this article, we will be reviewing the software of the new Dell Streak.  This is Dell’s second unlocked cellphones that they have made.  The final firmware is said to perform a lot smoother and is also a lot more stable than the prototype.  Dell has also said that they plan to put their own skin over the Android 1.6 OS.  The homes screen icons will be in shaded boxes, the menu will drop down from the top and can also shrink to a favorites bar.  On the top bar, you will be given a home screen switching button, a status area, and a notifications area.  All of these can be used by just a tap instead of a drag action.

One thing that many people are disappointed with the Streak is the call dialer.  Many people have reported that it looks really cheap and not very professional.  These can be harsh words, but I guess people expect for it to have a really cool layout.  It looks about the same as the prototype with no real upgrades.  Many people have suggested that they make it so you can have a person’s picture next to their name, so you can easily recognize who is trying to contact you.  Unfortunately, they were not able to get this feature in their phone.  The Unlocked Streak also does not support smart-dialing.  However, we have really only seen HTC offering that feature on its Android phones, so you can’t really expect much.  One feature that you can use on this phone is to say a name into the phone’s microphone, and the person’s name will pop right back up.  For example, if you are wanting to call your friend John, then you can just say his name into your phone, and it will come up.  Other than the dialer, all of the features seem to be pretty good.

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