Dell Streak 7 Tablet Review
An entry-level tablet that gives you what you pay for, which isn’t saying much.
There are no surprises with the video controls of the Dell Streak 7, as they're identical to just about every other Android 2.2 tablet on the market, even the Velocity Micro Cruz tablets. Much like the audio controls, on the bottom of the screen exists your standard track forward, track backward and play/pause buttons, along with a scrub bar to manually adjust your position in the video.
All videos are managed by the "gallery" function, which is actually quite nice. The gallery allows you to see thumbnails of your files, and sort through them rather easily. Unfortunately, it does not also allow you to make a playlist of any sort.
What isn't so nice is the fact that videos seem to make the Dell Streak 7 crash often. YouTube and large movie files seem to make the Streak 7 just stop working, and either rocket you back to the home screen, or get stuck in an endless loop that you can't force-quit your way out of. The tablet tells you that you have the option of force-quitting once it crashes, but it seems to be a deception.
Dell goes out of their way to make sure that several video file types are supported, including.mp4,.wmv, and H.264. Though it won't support other common codecs like the.mkv format, keep a close eye on the Android Market, as it's possible to download and run alternative media players.
Pre-loaded onto the Dell Streak 7 itself is a YouTube app, allowing you the freedom to stream videos directly to your Dell tablet. Be sure to check out the Android Market to find other media players, or other streaming services. Due to its vast size, chanced are good that you'll find more content if you search for it.
Video Battery Life
The Dell Streak 7 has a wretchedly bad video battery life. We mean awful: the worst we've ever come across. Clocking in at 2 hours, 17 minutes with the backlight cranked and WiFi off, the battery of the Dell Streak 7 is just plain terrible. It's enough for a short car ride, but beyond that, you risk killing your battery if you try to watch a video any longer than most 90-minute comedies. If you feel like you can live without the backlight at maximum, you may be able to stretch more battery life out of your tablet, but be aware that there is a huge tradeoff in performance should you do so.
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