Dell Streak vs. Sony Ericsson X10 – Review

by Jerry D on June 13, 2010

Today’s mobile ding-dong pits the fresh faced Dell against the veteran phone builder Sony Ericsson. How ‘smart’ are their phones? Let’s see how the two challengers match up…

Connectivity:

Let’s consider the wireless options here. The Dell Streak boasts a strong spec that embraces 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Sony Ericsson has stuffed its own phone with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

Size & Weight:

What about pocketability? The Streak is the thinner of the two phones, measuring a mere 9.98mm to the X10′s 13.0mm. Checking on the weight of each handset, the Streak’s bigger dimensions (see graph below) fatten it up to 220g, while the Sony Ericsson X10 is an average 135g.

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Camera:

The Streak’s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, a dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, plus VGA video capture. It also features a second, front-facing camera.

The X10 trumps its rival with an improved 8.0 Megapixel lens, plus autofocus, LED flash, touch focus functionality, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection plus widescreen VGA video capture. Nice.

Screen/keyboard:

The design of Dell’s Streak features a 5.0-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. Measuring 4.0 inches (big, but not compared to the Streak), the X10′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is a full inch smaller. By way of consolation, it does boast a slightly higher resolution, specifically 480 by 854 pixels.

Storage:

While the X10 only boasts 8GB of memory, the Streak comes with a better 16GB capacity. Plug a bigger memory card into the Streak’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 32GB. A microSD slot on the X10 also further boosts the overall memory on Sony Ericsson’s phone to 32GB.

Battery life:

Battery performance will vary, but Sony Ericsson claims 8.0 hours for the X10, with 425 hours of standby time. With no data available for the Streak, the X10 takes the round here.

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Performance:

As far as performance goes, The Streak’s processor is a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip, which is matched by the X10. Like Dell’s handset, the Xperia is also based on Android 1.6, although the Streak features an enhanced Dell UI.

Extras:

The Streak also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass plus Microsoft Exchange integration. The X10 features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass.

It’s a tie.

Neither phone emerges as the victor in this particular battle. In fact, the features on the two phones serve to cancel each other out.

The Streak has a bigger screen, but not by much. While the X10 has a better resolution, again not by much. The X10 has a high-resolution camera. The Streak has a dual LED flash for improved snapping and a front-facing camera for video chat. Both phones run the Android OS and should be upgradeable to the latest version of the software.

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

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