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Join Date: Sep 2010
This is a great little computer! - 09-10-2010, 10:38 AM
I'm really enjoying using the Streak after years on an iphone, saddled with itunes. It's a remarkable achievement and the freedom of an open system where you can simply drag and drop files is a refreshing change after Apple. In comparison Android Market is brilliant. Having said that, there have been a series of cockups designed to test any enthusiasts patience:
1. I bought it from Carphone Warehouse having seen it on the Dell site "Unlocked" for ?449. Next to this was a link saying also available at CPW so I had a look - being near a CPW store in case of problems. Here the price was ?429 but what I did not realise until taking delivery was that this was not unlocked. That information was in the small print, a long scroll down, the man at CPW pointed out when I complained.
2. The upgrade to 2.1 froze the phone and it took 24 hours to get it back with the help of the Dell forum.
3. My music was WMA which would not play, but here a free converter to mp3 worked well directly on the Dell. Imagine trying this on Apple!
4. PC sync did not work, but what the hell - you could simply drag and drop everything into a backup directory on the PC.
5. The default music player is awful compared with iphone, but there are many alternatives on Market and currently Museek is looking great.
6. I like the new keyboard layout for speed, but miss the arrow keys with which you could move around the text in boxes - the touchscreen is too inaccurate for moving just a few letters back for corrections.
7. It wouldn't connect with Google for sync and Apps, until it was able to use the O2 network without wifi interfering.
I'm looking forward to further developments, and confess I've not had so much fun with a computer since getting my first BBC Micro (32k RAM, 1981, which did well until the IBM PC arrived). Incidentally that was developed by Acorn, who went on to develop the reduced instruction set processor - the Acorn RISC Machine - which I think became ARM Holdings, who make the CPU's for these "phones"
PS, the Streak fits well in a jacket-style wallet along with money and credit cards, and all fit well in trouser or jacket pockets. (I don't wear skinny jeans!). This is the sort of portable computer we used to dream about - and it even makes phone calls.
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