The Display

The major selling point of the Streak is its 5” 800 x 480 LCD display, and it’s a pretty good display. The resolution is well mated to the screen size and everything is very easy to read on the display. After using the Streak, the iPhone 4 and similar sized smartphones just feel cramped. For making phonecalls they work well, but for multitasking and being productive, the Streak’s larger screen is an asset.

The display on the Streak get’s bright enough. At 366 nits the Streak is similar to HTC’s EVO 4G.

Black levels are very low for a smartphone LCD. The deep black is what helps give it excellent on/off contrast ratio:

While not quite as good as a Droid X or iPhone 4, the Streak is much better than most others on the market. Despite the strong on/off contrast I found that dark scenes in movies are still tough to make out on the Streak.

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  • randomlinh - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    Hey, thumbs up for actually acknowledging HPalm still exists, unlike HP themselves.. heh.

    The Streak looks like it could have been the ultimate media device. Something to replace the iPod touch. Some of use still like having dedicated devices that don't eat away at the battery life of their smartphones. Oh I miss the days of 3-4 days battery life of dumbphones.
  • swang1942 - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    I don't think HP is ignoring Plam's existence, they are just laying low to cooking up something in their sleeve. As far as I know, HP is actively hiring mobile phone software and hardware engineers in Shanghai, China who are dedicated to Plam development. We shall wait and see what they can come up with.
  • Rick83 - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    The streak seems to be pretty much a clone of what Archos released back in October or so of last year. Form factor is pretty much identical. While the A5 is still stuck at Android 1.6 and doesn't have a built in 3g module (but can tether via bluetooth, for internet access), it does have an incredible media player and hardware acceleration so it will even play 720p HD via HDMI. It also features a dock system so cost of entry is low, customizability high, plus there's an official open firmware available so you can freely install alternative operating systems (but will lose access to some drm functions).

    So it's definitely the most direct competitor for the streak at this point, until its successor arrives this fall. Would be great to get a back to back review, especially now as most of the teething issues the device had due to its early launch are resolved.
  • vol7ron - Monday, August 16, 2010 - link

    This is the perfect form factor. I've been waiting for this much screen realestate. I'm not a kid anymore, so I don't care if a phone takes up my whole pant pocket - I don't mind a bulkier phone to put in my jacket pocket.

    If only it had the resolution of the iPhone, I am much more likely to watch a movie on a larger screen, than on a smaller one.

    Sometimes I do my Insanity/P90X workouts off my phone too, this large screen size is going to be much better. -- still waiting for these smartphones to have pico projectors and louder speakers, though.
  • Souka - Monday, August 16, 2010 - link


    I hope it doesn't come in a color like brown! ;)
  • donzi7000 - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    My Streak comes tomorrow. I consider myself an average user of a smartphone. I don't get too involved in which OS it has. I just want to be able to use the internet with ease and not take long to look up a webpage. I find all smartphones hard to use to browse the internet. I am hoping the Streaks larger size will allow me to leave my laptop at home. Having a locked phone doesn't matter to me at all. Aren't Iphones locked? When I get my hands on the Streak tomorrow I will find out if it works for my lifestyle or not. I don't care if Dell, Apple or Hasbro make a smartphone for me as long as it fits my needs.
  • SirKronan - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    Enjoy your new streak! It looks like a really nice-big screen.

    I'm still waiting anxiously for Anand to review one of the Galaxy S variants!! Thanks for the good review on the Dell, though.
  • cameralogic - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    So Anand, just exactly how stupid would someone look if they held this big phone up to their head? I mean, is it big enough that one can expect snickers or gasps from the people at the next table when making a call? How 'bout a pic to illustrate the actual size of that thing in use?

    Perhaps a Streaker would be better off using bluetooth and keeping that whopper in their pocket...
  • donzi7000 - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    How about growing some balls and stop worrying about what people think of you?
  • user_x - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    In cameralogic's defense, some us us have and because of that enjoy getting laid from time to time. I for one would like to know if holding this "phone" to my head in public will render my balls useless for anything other than taking up space between my legs. I don't care how funny or charming you are, some things looks so absurd that just about everyone will mock you. I fear Dell is testing the outer limits here.

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