Experiencing The Dell Streak
in all it’s majesty.
First, some unboxing pictures.
Out of the Box
Powering up the Steak[sic] for the first time was exciting. After waiting a few minutes, I looked through the installed apps and menus. Something didn’t seem quite right though. This was not the OS I was expecting, having played with a few different Androids before. This one felt, well, old and slow. It outright failed to install Firefox on it, and judging by some of the reports on SUMO (Mozilla’s support forums), I was not alone in this. Something was clearly amiss.
Looking in the About screen, I quickly discovered what was wrong. It shipped with Android 1.6 (Donut). An operating system that first became available back in September of 2009 (according to the wikipedia entry on Android Version History). I could have sworn the site was claiming it came with 2.2 aka Froyo, the OS that’s been available in the UK for a couple of months at least. No luck.
(Note, that I just read on Streaksmart that the Streak is now available through Amazon in the US. Definitely recommend using them instead of Dell whose product page I won’t even link to after my own experience with them.).
I proceeded down the glorious and noble path of voiding my warranty to get the latest version of Android available for the Streak up and running.
Next up, the excitement of updating firmware, or, how to turn your steak into a brick!