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The folks at ifixit have a strange fetish for taking gadgets apart, and they’ve bared the Dell Streak to show us what is inside the little slate. They found the Streak easy to take apart, which should make it easy to service should the need arise.

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The Dell Streak is either a phone on growth hormones or a gadget that wants to be a tablet when it grows up. The 5-inch Android tablet is also a full phone on the AT&T network in the U.S., and it packs a lot of components in a very small package. The folks at ifixit have a strange fetish for taking gadgets apart, and they’ve bared the Streak to show us what’s inside the little slate.

The teardown of the Streak pointed out an important fact about the device — it’s easy to take apart compared to other devices. This makes the Streak relatively easy to open for repair work, which is always a good thing. It also has steel inside the case, providing durability and protection against rough mobile usage.

In addition to the non-user replaceable 2 GB microSD card for system storage, the teardown detailed the major components inside the Streak:

  • Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon processor
  • Analog Devices ADV7520 Low Power HDMI™/DVI Transmitter
  • Hynix H8BES0UU0MCR NAND-based MCP
  • Qualcomm MXU6219 RF transceiver
  • Qualcomm PM7540 power management chip
  • TriQuint Semiconductor TQS 7M5012 Power Amp (Quad-band GSM)
  • Texas Instruments TPS 65023 integrated Power Management IC

It is amazing how much can be stuffed inside such a thin, small gadget like the Streak; it helps understand why an unsubsidized model will set you back a cool $550. The 5-inch form of the Streak may make it awfully large for a phone, but it’s a good size for a handheld tablet. The screen is bigger than that on smartphones, yet running at the same resolution as many of them (800×480) keeps things legible. Items on the display are easier to tap as a result of this size, an advantage for a device operated solely by touch. I can’t wait to get my hands on a Streak, and I suspect Dell will sell quite a few of them.

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  1. James – you are the first person I have read who did not slag the Streak – I hope you get one soon to try out and give us your usual thoughtful take on this device. The press in the US has been almost 100% negative, yet I seem to recall it got good reviews from users in Europe.

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  2. Its an interesting device. I’m planning to get one once it updates to Android 2.2, just to have as a bookreader/video watcher while I’m at work(I work at a remote mining camp, 2 weeks at camp at a time). I’m somewhat skeptical that they’ll ever release 2.2 for it just based on how delayed it was in the first place and I don’t want to be stuck with a device that I can’t use for watching flash videos on. I have no intention of using it as a phone…I’m thinking of it as a replacement for my Axim that i still carry as a book reader.

    I did laugh in amusement that iFixit rated it down because the gorilla glass is bonded to the LCD, thus making it more expensive to fix. From what I’ve seen, if you manage to break gorilla glass there won’t be anything of the LCD left to worry about.

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  3. We’ve enjoyed using it as a phone and found that we rarely use the iPad when the Streak is in rotation. James might get a kick out of using one. Because it’s so thin the size really isn’t an issue for most pockets and with the leaked 2.1 ROM loaded it has become a really competitive device.

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  4. Hmmm, leaked 2.1… gotta find it… still on 1.6

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  5. $550 for a device running 1.6? I think a Viliv S5 would give you better bang for the buck. Dell may promise 2.2, but I’m not holding my breath for that.

    Also, not sure if I want to be seen holding half a house brick up to my head to use as a phone. The fact that it’s locked to AT&T makes no sense either.

    All that said, I think it’s now time for HPalm to put something on the table.

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  6. Don’t worry about holding a brick against your head, coz we could always use a blue-tooth headset and place the ‘brick’ in your pocket.I think all that bad reviews are based on the ‘Jurassic’ 1.6 Streak, hope everything will be fixed with 2.2 though.

    But everybody be warned! Using a 5-inch screen device is extremely additive, and you’ll not care what others say. Its like taking drug. After using any large screen device, small screen like the Iphone4 just seems toooooo cramp, even though I like the performance, but toooo cramp! Makes you wonder how people contend surfing with such a screen size. Even Evo-4G feels cramp. Its like a curse! So don’t go 5-inch land unless you have to.

    Myself has been using a 5-inch HTC X7500, and I am stuck with it because I can’t find an equal for it, until the Streak came along. Believe me,Its that SAD! But I’ll still have to wait for the 2.2 before I grab one. ‘Android+Large screen’ rocks!!

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