Dell Streak vs. Google Nexus One – Review

by Jerry D on June 5, 2010

Is the Dell Streak too big for its mobile boots? Can it survive the obvious “your bum DOES look big in that” comments by flaunting its 5.0-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen and tablet PC pretensions? We put it up against the Google Nexus One to see which handset is worth splashing your cash on…

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Need go-anywhere wireless? You got it. The Dell Streak features 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Nexus One is more than a match for the tablet-phone, packing 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi.

Size & Weight:

With the Streak’s 5.0-inch display, there’s a big difference between the two phones in terms of size and weight. The Streak is a titanic 152.9 x 79.1 x 9.98mm, the Nexus One is 119.0 x 59.8 x 11.5mm in comparison. The Nexus One is obviously the more compact handset. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the Dell Streak weighs a hefty 220g, while the Nexus One is only 130g.



Striking first, the Streak’s 5.0 MP lens features autofocus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, plus VGA video capture. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. The two phones match each other for megapixels – the Nexus One also packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, an LED flash and geo-tagging. It also ups the video capture ante with support for HD video recording (720×480 pixels).


The Streak boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display (made of toughened Gorilla Glass), measuring a massive 5.0 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The Nexus One’s touch-sensitive AMOLED display is less roomy, measuring 3.7 inches. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution matches the Streak’s display.


As for performance, the Streak incorporates the popular Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip rated at 1GHz. The Nexus One boasts the same Qualcomm processor. The Streak runs Android 1.6 with an enhanced Dell UI, while the Nexus One uses a vanilla build of Android 2.1 (codenamed ‘Eclair’). Both phones can download new apps from the quickly fattening Android Market.


The 16GB of memory in the Streak beats the standard 4GB capacity of the Nexus One. The Streak also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 32GB. The Nexus One’s overall capacity can also be increased to 32GB via its own microSD memory card slot.

Battery life:

Measuring the staying power of phones is difficult. No data has been released for the Streak*, but the Nexus One impresses with 7.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, the staying power of the Dell phone remains a mystery. Google’s model boasts 250 hours. The Nexus One steals it here.

*We’ll update this post when we get some numbers



As for extras, the Streak also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and Microsoft Exchange integration. The Nexus One also features GPS/A-GPS support and its own digital compass.

The Google Nexus One wins!

nexus one Dell Streak vs. Google Nexus One   Review The Dell Streak has some good specs and a gloriously large touchscreen that improves your internet experience. But the Nexus One is still standing at the end of this fight. It has a better (if smaller) AMOLED display, it’s the lightest phone, and you don’t need to own a bluetooth headset just to make calls on it.

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

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