Dell Streak vs. HTC Legend – Review

by Jerry D on June 9, 2010

This fight pits the big Dell Streak against the far nimbler HTC Legend. One swings a 5.0-inch touchscreen display with toughened Gorilla Glass; the other packs a great UI, 5.0 Megapixel camera (with LED flash) and up to 32GB of storage space. Let the tech-wrestling begin…

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Connectivity:

The connectivity options on the Streak include 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The HTC Legend packs the same specification and includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package.

Size & Weight:

As far as pocketability is concerned, the Streak is only going to fit into the biggest of coat pockets thanks to dimensions of 152.9 x 79.1 x 9.98mm. The Legend is smaller and more compact, measuring 112.0 x 56.3 x 11.5mm. Obviously, the Dell Streak is the bulkier handset of the two, but it’s also the thinnest. As for weight, Dell’s tablet-phone (or should that be phone-tablet?) weighs 220g. The Legend is a more lightweight 126g.

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Camera:

Dell has built a 5.0 Megapixel lens into the Streak, together with snap-happy features such as autofocus, a dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, plus VGA video capture. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera. The Legend’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording) equals the Streak’s.

Screen/keyboard:

Dell has built the Streak with a standout feature, namely its 5.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The tough, Gorilla Glass LCD has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. At only 3.2 inches, the HTC Legend’s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen has far less room. It also boasts a lower resolution (only 320 x 480 pixels) than the Streak.

Performance:

As far as performance is concerned, the Streak zips along thanks to a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor. The Legend has a slower Qualcomm MSM 7227 chip, rated at 600MHz. As for software, the Streak is based on Android 1.6 (upgradeable to 2.2) with an enhanced Dell UI, while the Legend uses the Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI seamlessly grafted on top. Both phones have access to a range of apps from the Android Market (see below).

Storage:

Storage-wise, the Streak provides more space out of the box with 16GB (and a 32GB version is also available). This compares to a token 384MB of RAM inside the Legend, which can be expanded via the microSD slot to a maximum of 32GB. The Dell Streak also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 32GB with a suitably large memory card.

Battery life:

Actual talktime and standby performance will vary. Dell has been quiet on the performance of the Streak and we don’t have any real numbers to go on yet. The Legend, meanwhile, is rated at 6.0 hours with a standby time of 560 hours. That’s a smackdown for the Legend until Dell coughs up some stats.

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Extras:

The Streak also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass and Microsoft Exchange integration. The Legend rounds off its tech-package with a Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS plus an eye-catching aluminum unibody design.

The Dell Streak wins!

streak front Dell Streak vs. HTC Legend   Review It might be big and beefy and an enemy to normal-sized pockets everywhere, but the Dell Streak stands tall in the ring with the HTC Legend. It has the most memory out of the box, a far bigger and better display (superb for web browsing and video) and it’s also the thinnest of the two phones.

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