In the great game of tablet leapfrog, it’s Dell’s turn to jump ahead of the competition as the Dell Streak 7 Android tablet launches today on the T-Mobile network. Branded as “T-Mobile’s first 4G phone,” does the Streak 7 offer enough to run with the other Android tablet on the block, the Samsung Galaxy Tab?
Comparisons to the Galaxy Tab are fitting as both the Tab and Streak 7 are 7-inch devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo). However, there are a few slight differences between the two tablets.
- Carrier: The Dell Streak 7 is only available for T-Mobile, while the Galaxy Tab is available on T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular. However, only the Dell Streak 7 is available on T-Mobile’s 4G network; the Samsung Galaxy Tab is limited to 3G on all carriers.
- Upcoming Versions: Samsung announced a Verizon 4G Galaxy Tab at CES, and confirmed a Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab will launch in Q1. Dell has not mentioned any other upcoming versions of the Dell Streak 7, but it’s a good bet it will be coming to at least one other carrier, with the safe money being on AT&T since both T-Mobile and AT&T share similar network technology.
- Power: The Dell Streak 7 has a Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor, giving it the edge over the Galaxy Tab, which sports a 1GHz processor.
- Display: The Samsung Galaxy Tab display features a greater resolution than the Dell Streak’s, 169 pixels per inch to 133, which is noticeable on a 7-inch screen.
- Battery: The Galaxy Tab also has greater battery capacity, with a 4000mAh lithium ion pack. The Dell Streak 7 sports a 2780mAh battery.
There are other differences as well, including the Dell Stage UI overlay found on the Dell Streak 7, and of course, the price.
The Dell Streak will run $200 at launch with a two-year contract, including a $50 mail-in rebate. The Tab price varies depending on the carrier, with the T-Mobile price of $250 with a two-year agreement being the least expensive as of February 2. That too requires a $50 mail-in rebate.
It’s unclear whether the Dell Streak 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab will upgrade to Honeycomb, Google’s Android version specifically designed for tablets, once it becomes available. What is clear however is that the upcoming Honeycomb tablets from Motorola, LG, Toshiba, and others also present major competition for both the Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak 7.
Reports suggest the Motorola Xoom and LG G-Slate will ship in late February or March. Will consumers lock into a two-year contract so soon before the next-generation of tablets is released? Time will tell, and in the meantime, check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab reviews (Galaxy Tab features review too!). We will have a Dell Streak 7 review soon, and we will be sure to let you know which Android tablet is worth your money and two-year commitment.