Conversely, there are a lot of things to like about the Streak. The screen and speakers are perfect for watching movies and listening to music. The front-facing camera is a nice touch, and will prove useful once more apps (besides fring) become available that can take advantage of it. The large-size onscreen keyboard is also a convenience that will make keyboard mashers everywhere happy. The bundled Windows sync and backup software makes it super-easy to make sure that all your data stays synchronized. We were also very happy to see a generous 16GB MicoSD included with the Streak.
There’s something bittersweet about the 16GB MicroSD card, however. Yes, you can load it up with movies and music. But knowing that Froyo and its ability to install (compatible) apps directly onto the SD card is waiting somewhere in the wings, feels almost like a taunt. In our daily grind as tech journalists, we frequently fill up the internal memory on our Android smartphones and have to perform app triage in order to decide what can get tossed so as to make room for the next app we want to install and evaluate.
We might be in the minority for that complaint—not everyone is an app-hoarder like we are. But what Froyo also promises to bring is the performance jumpstart that the Streak desperately needs—not to mention Flash support for that gorgeous 5-inch screen. Until Froyo is available for the Streak, we find it difficult to recommend it currently—especially when we know there are less-expensive, comparable Android devices available... Though none of them have jumbo five-inch screens. Should Dell release their promised Android 2.2 update in the near future, our view of the device could change dramatically.