Originally Posted by BLCollier
I'm coming up to the end of my contract, so I'm in the market for a new (or at least different) phone. I currently have an HTC Desire, and I wanted the Streak not long after it was out - however I've been locked in contract...
My first thought was the Galaxy Note, but I can't get it for less than £35-£45 per month (if I want the phone for free or a reasonable price); the amount of minutes & texts I'd get for that price is crazy, I wouldn't even use half of it... I can't afford to buy the Note - or any new(ish) android phone - outright, but I could get the Streak at current eBay prices.
How well does the streak 5 handle newer versions of Android? Can it still hold it's own against more modern phones? Does the performance suffer? Do we actually have a working/stable ICS port yet? Are there any pitfalls with flashing/rooting?
The performance day-to-day will be on par with your Desire. I used a Streak for almost a year (much longer than I used any other smartphone). For me, the Streak is easily up there on the list of my all-time favourite devices.
There is not a stable, working ICS port yet. That said, performance under Gingerbread, with thanks to the small but very dedicated Development team here, is excellent for daily use.
Side-by-side with a Note, the Streak shows its age - no doubts about it. For what it is today though - performance is admirable. There are days where I still go back and try out a new ROM (I'll always keep my Streak), or daily-drive it for a week just for nostalgia.
If I'm honest, I've never enjoyed
a phone as much as I did the Streak. It's nice to have all the latest bells and whistles, but if you can live with the form factor, you'll be very happy with it.
On paper it's not much of an 'upgrade', hardware- or software-wise. But in terms of usability and productivity, it will blow your Desire away.
Pick one up and give it a try. Prices these days are good. I don't think you'll be disappointed