Motorola Droid X vs. Dell Streak – Review

by Jerry D on July 16, 2010

It’s a battle of the big-screened mobiles as Motorola’s powerful Droid X handset goes up against the distinctive Dell Streak tablet-phone? Is biggest necessarily best? Let’s sit back and watch these two behemoths slug it out…

Connectivity:

The Droid X is superbly-specced and includes CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity. Dell’s mighty Streak comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP as standard. It’s close, but the Droid X just edges out Dell’s handset in this round. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

The spec sheets reveal that the Droid X and the Streak measure 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm and 152.9 x 79.1 x 9.98mm respectively. Amazingly, considering its overall size, the Streak is just as slim as the Droid X. Weighing 155g, the Droid X is 65g lighter than the Streak, which weighs a whopping 220g. (2-0)

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Camera:

The Droid X is equipped with a 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, dual LED flash, mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization and 16:9 image capture. It also supports 720p HD video recording, which gives it an enviable spec overall.

The Streak, meanwhile, boasts a lower-spec camera – a 5.0 Megapixel model with autofocus, a matching dual-LED flash, geo-tagging plus face and smile detection. It can’t match the Droid’s HD video capture functionality, but it does include a second camera on the front for video calling. (3-0)

Screen/keyboard:

This is the key battle. The Droid X incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 4.3 inches in size and with a resolution of 480 x 854. At 5.0 inches, Streak’s touch-sensitive LCD screen has more room but it makes the phone almost unwieldy. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution technically loses out to the Droid X’s display, but there’s almost nothing in it. We prefer the display on the Droid X, but even this is beyond the 3.7-inch sweet spot for smartphones. (4-0)

Performance:

In terms of raw power, the two phones are evenly matched. The Droid X boasts a nippy 1GHz OMAP processor, while the Streak relies on a Snapdragon (QSD8250) chip, also rated at 1GHz. Android 2.1 (Eclair – upgradeable to Froyo 2.2) with MotoBlur comes installed on the Droid X. The Streak was launched with an older version of Android (v1.6) with an enhanced Dell UI. (5-0)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

Both handsets come with 16GB of internal memory as standard. The Droid X also features a microSD expansion slot to boost the storage to a roomier 40GB. A similar microSD slot on the Streak further ups the overall memory on Dell’s phone to 32GB. (5-0)

Extras:

In this final round, the Droid X also includes GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, an HDMI microconnector for HD video out and an LED spotlight for illuminating your video subjects. The Streak features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (6-0)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Motorola Droid X vs. Dell Streak   ReviewAs it turns out, this wasn’t much of a contest. The Droid X emerges as the winner (6-0) beating the Dell Streak in every technological area that matters. It has a higher-spec camera, the best all-round camera features and it’s by far the lightest handset. Crucially, we’d argue that it has a better display and therefore a more convenient overall size that keeps the Motorola phone pocketable.

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