I’d never really understood the point of a tablet. When the iPad came out, I said, “well, it’s not going to replace my phone, and it’s not going to replace my laptop… so what’s the point of carrying around yet another device?” After I received an E-Reader to review though, I was curious to try it out. I liked the idea of an E-Reader, that can do so much more. I received the Dell Streak 7 and immediately fell in love with it. First it’s 7 inches which I think is the perfect size for a tablet. The iPad is 10 inches and I think that’s just slightly too big for a tablet. Where I see the usefulness of tablets is for the occasions when I don’t quite need my whole laptop, but it’s still like to be able to takes some notes and look things up.
The Dell Streak 7 is running the Android operating system, which I was also not too familiar with prior to receiving it. My phone, as you know is a Palm Pre, which will also be changing very soon! I thought that Android was the perfect OS for this device. There are widgets that you can add that really make it easy to access the things you need quickly (such as my to do list, Twitter, Facebook, etc). The only issue we ran into with the device was at first we let the battery drain out completely. After we tried to charge it and turn it back on it just had a red light. The Dell Streak 7 was bricked, it would not turn on, and would not do anything. Just a blank screen. We were finally able to reset the device using a small hole near the SD card slot and a pin.
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com