Dell Streak 7 has a hidden feature. Hidden because Dell has not gone around town telling people their latest tablet offering comes loaded with phone features. The reason why they haven’t done so is simple, the feature is only there to add some cosmetic value and won’t get you connected with anyone. Or maybe Dell introduced the non-working feature to let self entrepreneurs to have something to apply their skills on.
Whatever the reason might be, the credit for the discovery goes to Henn K. Lee from Streaksmart, who it seems had tapped on the phone icon and ended up being witness to something that no one has had before. What come next is the contact manager complete with a user interface that mimics a phone. There is also a dialer and a show voice mail feature. However, the excitement dies down soon as each time a phone call is initiated, things come to a naught.
Already there are several theories going round to explain the presence of something that has no value. First, Dell might have missed out on getting rid of those few line of code from the Android 2.2 operating system that has to do with phone functionality and so on. Or maybe it was deliberate in that Dell might invoke the feature at a later time or in specific cases. For instance, Dell might be open to the use of the Streak 7 to be also used as a smartphone in some countries and only as an Android tablet in others. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab can already be used as a smartphone all over the world except the US. Now the only thing that remains to be seen is whether anyone would be willing to use something as big as the Streak 7 as a smartphone if Dell eventually decides to unlock the phone feature.
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