Apple iPhone 3GS vs. Dell Streak – Review

by Jerry D on June 6, 2010

Dell’s Streak easily trumps the iPhone 3GS thanks to a huge 5.0-inch display. But there’s more to being a great smartphone than having the biggest LCD. It’s a combination of factors, embracing raw technology, performance and day-to-day usability. Can the Streak defeat the ageing iPhone 3GS? Let’s see…

iphone 3gs vs streak Apple iPhone 3GS vs. Dell Streak   Review


Let’s get started. The wireless options on the iPhone 3GS include 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP (headset support only). Dell’s Streak, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. So far, so samey.

Size & Weight:

Size matters. The 3GS is a neat 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm handset. While Dell’s phone is 152.9 x 79.1 x 9.98mm. The iPhone 3GS is the smaller phone – hardly surprising when you compare screen sizes later. Measure the weight of the duo and the iPhone 3GS weighs 135g, while the Dell Streak is a meaty 220g.



Striking the first blow, the iPhone 3GS’s 3.15 MP camera features auto-focus, geotagging and video recording. The Streak is far newer and boasts much better technology, specifically a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, a dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, plus VGA video capture. A second camera on the front can be used for video calling. There’s no competition.


The iPhone 3GS features a pioneering touch-sensitive, multi-touch LCD display, 3.5 inches across with a quoted resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The Streak’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is bigger at 5.0 inches. It also impresses with a higher screen resolution of 480 by 800 pixels.


The 32GB in the iPhone 3GS trumps the 16GB capacity of this Streak (although a 32GB version is also available). There’s no expansion slot on the iPhone 3GS, so the base memory can’t be extended. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Streak can extend the overall capacity to 32GB.

Battery life:

Calculating staying power can be tricky. But Apple’s spec sheet lists 6.5 hours of talktime for its phone, which gives some indication. As for standby time, the iPhone can last for around 360 hours. There’s currently no hard data for the Dell Streak, so the iPhone 3GS edges the round.



Performance-wise, the Apple iPhone 3GS is powered by a ARM A8 chip, clocked at 600MHz. It also leans on a PowerVR SGX535 graphics processor to boost performance. The Streak has a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip, which gives the Android 1.6 OS and bolted-on Dell UI a real turn of speed. The iPhone 3GS uses Apple’s versatile iPhone OS.


The iPhone 3GS also includes a digital compass, TV-out interface, App Store integration, plus GPS/A-GPS. The Streak features GPS/A-GPS sat-nav, a digital compass, Android Market access and Microsoft Exchange integration.

The Apple iPhone 3GS wins!

iphone3gs front Apple iPhone 3GS vs. Dell Streak   ReviewThe iPhone 3GS emerges as the winner of this fight. It has the most versatile OS, although the Android OS is fast catching up in terms of features and downloadable applications. The iPhone can’t match the Streak’s 5.0-inch screen size, but it boasts the most memory (at least in this case) and it’s a far lighter phone.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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