My Dell Streak Story
nice score for $40!
I know how you feel. I got my first Streak 5 about 2 years ago on ebay for $73 because the guy lived out of town and no post, only pickup. He also listed it as Dell M01M tablet and not in phone or tablet section. Came with no charger or cables and seller couldn't tell me if it even turns on. Took a gamble and drove 2 hours each way to pickup. Didn't have a chance to get a usb cable to try it before pickup, so I butchered a lithium-ion camera battery charger and wedged 2 bare wires in the battery contacts and charged it from the ciggy lighter socket in the car! After a few minutes, I put the rear cover on and pushed the power button and got a warm fuzzy feeling as the Dell logo appeared on the screen. After a while, donut 1.6 fired up and Stage UI appeared and I was the happiest person in the world!
I am typing this post on that first streak right now!
2 years later, I now have 3.5 x Dell Streak 5 (.5 is one with smashed lcd for parts). 3 of them I paid less than $100 each. I paid $150 for one that came with a lot of accessories. I love this thing. It is without doubt, one of, if not THE best value android devices on the second hand market!
I am currently working on making a mounting frame to turn one into a carputer to fit in double DIN slot in the dash.
Out of all the roms for the DS5, I like the CM7 the most. I have a Galaxy S2 with ICS rooted without mods and it doesn't really offer anything useful that CM7 doesn't cover. A lot of the customisations in CM7 like the notification panel mods are way more flexible than ICS. I don't feel any need for ICS with CM7.
I switch between using the streak and galaxy s2 as main phone.
Got my girlfriend finally using a streak as her phone because she needs screen size to use a web page to book rostered hours for work and as she put it "using a normal phone to do it is crap!" She also prefers the bigger screen for playing Angry Birds!
Would go a galaxy note but at about 7 times the average price I paid for each streak, I'll stick with the streak!