Dell Streak vs. HTC Desire – Review

by Jerry D on June 4, 2010

Is the Dell Streak a tablet-phone or a phone tablet? Packing a 5.0-inch touchscreen display and the latest in mobile tech, it proclaims that “big is beautiful”. But is bigger necessarily better? Is a smartphone with a 5.0-inch display just too damned large? The HTC Desire steps into the ring for this challenge. Let the mobile duel commence…

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As far as wireless technology goes, the Streak comes with the popular connectivity package of 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The HTC Desire too boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP.

Size & Weight:

Size-wise, the Streak measures a sizeable 152.9 x 79.1 x 9.98mm, while the Desire is 119.0 x 60.0 x 11.9mm in comparison. Overall, the Streak is the bigger phone and you wouldn’t want to hold one up to your ear – a Bluetooth earpiece will be the way to go. Weigh the two phones and the Streak weighs a fat-assed 220g, while the HTC Desire is only 135g.



Swinging the first punch, the Streak’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features autofocus, a dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, plus VGA video capture. It also features a second, front-facing camera for video calls. The Desire also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera, along with auto-focus, an LED flash, face detection, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording.


The Streak features a massive 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Gorilla Glass display with a decent resolution of 480 x 800 pixels for great web browsing a video watching. The Desire’s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is smaller at 3.7 inches, but it’s arguably clearer, brighter and it matches the Streak’s 480 x 800 pixel screen resolution.


The Streak incorporates either 16GB or 32GB of memory as standard via its microSD slot, versus the 4GB default capacity of the Desire. A similar microSD slot on the Desire can further boost the overall memory on HTC’s phone to 32GB.

Battery life:

Calculating battery life is tricky, especially when Dell don’t release any figures for talktime or standby time. Hence the score here is a big, fat ZERO. At least for now. What we do know is that the Desire delivers a respectable 6.7 hours of talktime and around 360 hours of standby time. The points go to the HTC phone.



In terms of usability, the Dell Streak features a Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip, ticking along at 1GHz. The Desire has the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor. At launch, Dell’s phone uses Android 1.6 with an extra Dell UI on top and will be upgradeable to Android 2.2 later in 2010. The HTC Desire features Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s tried, tested and thoroughly respected Sense UI.


What else have these two handsets got? The Streak also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass, access to the Android Market and Microsoft Exchange integration. The Desire features downloadable widgets via the Android Market, a screen accelerometer, digital compass, GPS/A-GPS and an FM radio.

The HTC Desire wins!

htc desire1 Dell Streak vs. HTC Desire   ReviewThe Desire emerges as the winner of this fight. Despite the headline-grabbing 5.0-inch screen on the Dell Streak, the AMOLED technology on the HTC phone is significantly better. The Desire is also the smallest and lightest of the two phones – 220g is a lot of glass and plastic to be carrying around in your pocket.

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