Originally Posted by jbounds
I have had the Iphone, Iphone 3G and Iphone 3GS and have liked them all, no one can say that the iphone isn't easy to use, but the fact that Iphone has always had short comings ie, poor camera, limited uses, Apple's strong hold over what a user can do with their platform etc etc..
I was holding out for Iphone 4, but came to the conclusion that I just still wouldn't be 100% happy with it.
So I opted to look around for a complete change and step away from an Apple product.
It was only when I happened to look in CPWH to see what was on offer that i saw the Dell Streak, it looked a nice looking thing and the initial litrature looked interesting, however the staff in the store were pretty clueless as to what it could do and the specs it had, just quoting from the same litrature that I was already holding, so I came home and started my online research about the Dell Streak, After reading pre release reviews and post release reviews I made my decision and I'm glad i did.
Noting when i was shopping in town that CPWH was selling the Dell Streak for Â£429 and O2 had it for Â£399 I opted to check out online sources.
Eventually purchasing from a seller on ebay where I got a brand new unopend Dell Streak for Â£350 plus Â£7 p&p locked to O2.
I wanted to use my current sim in the phone which is a dedicated iphone 3G sim, although O2 say an iphone sim will not work in any other phone, which of coarse it will.
I currently have an O2 sim which is on "Favorite Place" meaning I get all free calls when phoning from my postcode, plus 400 minutes free per month anyway, I also pay Â£10 per month for O2 Unlimited Web & Wifi bolt on, this all works perfect on the Dell Streak, and I also get access to O2 Top Up Suprises with each top up.
Just as a note, O2 website states they sell the Dell Streak on both contract and PAYG, however in the O2 store, The Dell Streak is not available on PAYG, strange but true, the advisor said it will be a month or two until they offer it on PAYG.
Anyway, listen to me waffling on.
What was the question??? oh yes, I would much rather have the Dell Streak than the new Iphone 4, I feel the Streak offers me more usability, a nice screen size, an onscreen keyboard that is as easy to use as the Iphone's, many apps via Android Market, the Streak has a compass the same as Iphone, The Streak can shoot Video like the Iphone and the Streak has a 5mp camera aswell.
I will however make one point for people that arn't sure about the Dell Streak, a lot is said about the size of the Dell Streak and holding it to your ear when on a phone call, it isn't that big, you have to bare in mind that this is more a tablet than a phone, it is just a very very handy feature to have a phone in there aswell, and is exactly what I wanted, I will point out that I was walking through a local Shopping Mall only Yesterday while holding the Dell Streak to my ear on a call, and two seperate people asked me what my phone was as they were intrigued, after giving quick demos of the tablet within the Mall One of them actually went and purchased one, the device is excellent it works really well, and after using the 1.6 version of Android that is installed on the device which works well, I would hope that Dell does release an Over the Air update to the latter version to just improve the device even more, this is a great starter platform that could actually be Dell's answer to the Iphone, there is no reason as to why Dell could not fully support this device and make it the absolutly greatest device it deserves to be.