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Dell Streak
Is it a tablet? Is it a phone? Who knows, but one thing's for sure -- it will be the first iPad competitor

They say size doesn't always matter; so can Dell's spunky 5-inch Streak measure up to Apple's much larger "magical" 9.7-inch iPad?  Dell is betting it can and will unleash the mini-tablet computer in the UK first next month and then will soon follow up with a summer U.S. launch.

The pint-sized tablet runs Google's powerful Android OS and represents the first true challenge to the iPad, which sold over 1 million units in its first month on the market.  The unit packs an equally fast 1 GHz processor and more memory than the iPad (408 MB of DRAM v. 256 MB of DRAM on the iPad).  Unlike the iPad, it offers swappable batteries and two microSD slots for a total capacity of 64 GB (with two 32 GB microSD cards), the same as the iPad.

The slick mini doubles as a jumbo phone or e-book reader.  It comes with 3G functionality and 16 GB of flash memory built-in.  It also packs GPS and two cameras (like the next generation iPhone or HTC EVO 4G, one is rear facing, one is front-facing for video chatting).

Pricing has not yet been announced, but the phone will launch early next month in the UK through Carphone Warehouse and O2.  That launch places it in position to offer strong competition to the iPad, which hits the UK on May 28.

The UK launch will be followed later in the month with a wider rollout across the rest of the European Union.  Then later in the summer -- perhaps in July or August -- the unit will hit the U.S. market.  A U.S. carrier has not yet been officially announced for the tablet.

Tavis Butler of Dell comments on the launch, "This is a data device first and a voice device second.  This is the first in a family of devices."

Indeed, Dell has a 7-inch and 10-inch designs in store.  Those designs are expected to run Google operating systems, but their hardware specs remain a mystery at present.  Dell is eager to pounce on the booming tablet market, which analysts predict could become bigger than the netbook market.

Ben Wood of analyst firm CCS Insight comments, "This year our estimates suggest that there will be 1.3 billion mobile devices sold around the world.  Dell wants to get into this space. How can any PC maker not afford to?"

Some analysts are skeptical of the Streak's promise, but some are offering up glowing praise for the challenger.  IDC analyst Will Stofega, who has tried out the device told 
Reuters, "It's portable and mobile. You can put it in your pocket.  It is interesting and infinitely usable."

The Streak will have full access to the Android Marketplace.  This is different than past Android tablets from smaller manufacturers, which Google declined to provide help in access the App Market.  By gaining access to Google's 50,000+ app library, the device can offer a legitimate challenge to Apple's iPad which sports compatibility with the 150,000+ iPhone apps, and the growing numbers of dedicated iPad apps.



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Comes down to price
By Mitch101 on 5/26/2010 10:46:41 AM , Rating: 4
Its going to come down to price for me and from what I read this will cost $500.00 and if that's true its dead to me. I could see maybe $300.00 given its screen size otherwise I would just buy an iPod and a Nook for less.

Because of the screensize I see this more as a competitor to iPhones/Book readers than the iPad.




RE: Comes down to price
By Mitch101 on 5/26/2010 10:49:24 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry I meant to say competitor to iPod/e-Book readers.

I think an edit button for comments that have no replies yet is on the wish list for 2010. How bout it DT?


RE: Comes down to price
By quiksilvr on 5/26/2010 11:19:28 AM , Rating: 5
They doo let ya doo preeview. If yu caint red what you wroot 'n editz it prooperly dats yo prob.


RE: Comes down to price
By Mitch101 on 5/26/2010 11:44:42 AM , Rating: 1
And a Speel Chenker for quiksilvr please. :)


RE: Comes down to price
By lukasbradley on 5/26/2010 4:31:32 PM , Rating: 2
What phone do you use?


RE: Comes down to price
By Mitch101 on 5/26/2010 7:23:43 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Blackberry 8530. Me personally its blackberry's best device but very corporate. I tether through bluetooth to my laptop with it.

I like the iPhone but don't want AT&T.

Droid is nice but my friends say its ok the hardware is higher spec than the current iPhone but the functionality like browsing isn't as good as the iPhone.

Im holding out to see what arrives over the next few months. Im hoping Microsoft does Mobile 7 right because I do a lot of corporate applications and having word/excel on my phone would be a perk. I was a fan of the iPaq.

Whats going to most likely happen is the Wife will get an iPhone 4G and I will get a Windows Mobile 7 device. Basically inline with our lifestyles and needs.

Also im in process of buying a ford with Microsoft Sync and thinking the Mobile 7 might work with it but if it doesn't I have my Zune 30. Would have bought an iPod but at the time only Microsoft had the FM tuner and because my GYM broadcasts TV audio over FM at the time I bought it.

I really think people should just choose the phone that works for them and does what they need and want.

I think its hysterical. My Corporate friends have Blackberry's. My poor friends have iPhone/Droid and my richer friends have Nice Cell Phones.


This thing will tank
By Tony Swash on 5/26/2010 1:15:46 PM , Rating: 3
Who wants a slightly bigger phone? Not big enough to add any real value or function but bigger by enough so that carrying it around in your pocket is now impossible. This thing will tank.




RE: This thing will tank
By themaster08 on 5/26/2010 1:23:33 PM , Rating: 3
It's a tablet with phone capabilities. It's not marketed primarily as a phone although it's possible if the user desires.

It's called freedom. Go figure.


RE: This thing will tank
By T2k on 5/26/2010 2:52:38 PM , Rating: 2
Wha'... are you seriously trying to explain freedom of choice to an Apple bot?


RE: This thing will tank
By afkrotch on 5/26/2010 9:28:23 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know. Who wants a bigger iPod Touch? I mean, the device is just going to work the exact same, but be too large to fit in your pocket. A device like that is just going to tank.


RE: This thing will tank
By Lazarus Dark on 5/26/2010 9:51:02 PM , Rating: 3
Well, at 5 inches, its a lot more pocketable than an ipad. Though it may look wierd holding such a large device to your ear, who doesn't have a bluetooth these days anyway?


5" pocket worthy
By Lonyo on 5/26/2010 10:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 4.3" PMP and it's not particularly great to have in a pocket. Sure, it fits, but it's not exactly the greatest thing to have in a pocket, although it is quite think and heavy.

Maybe a 5" Streak will be nice, but maybe not (especially if you have something else like a wallet or keys in there as well).

That being said, the idea of a nice 5" device which is focused around portable internet/data (as Intel were aiming for 5+ years ago) is quite nice, and depending on things like battery life and what it can do beyond internet (i.e. media playback) it might be nice, although it obviously depends on how it's priced.

Also, nice to see the UK getting a launch first, woo. Screw the USA :P




RE: 5" pocket worthy
By themaster08 on 5/26/2010 12:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
I think this device is fantastic.

A front facing camera, Android OS, phone capabilities, and a generously sized screen.

This might just be my next device.


RE: 5" pocket worthy
By jimbojimbo on 5/26/2010 1:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Screw the USA :P
We're screwing ourselves just fine, thank you.


RE: 5" pocket worthy
By afkrotch on 5/26/2010 9:31:12 PM , Rating: 2
For me, it'd be nice. Get the multimedia features, without having to carry around a laptop. If this thing can run every type of multimedia file out there and also can read subtitle files to boot, I'd be a win for me.

I'm always wearing cargo pants, so I'm good with anything that's 7" or smaller.


RE: 5" pocket worthy
By mostyle on 5/27/2010 6:40:29 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm good with anything that's 7" or smaller.


As long as your lady feels the same you're good.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

-T


MicroSD?
By customcarvin on 5/26/2010 11:17:07 AM , Rating: 2
Why use microSD? What ever happened to devices that support standard SD cards? They're cheaper, and in most instances, faster than their smaller siblings. Also, one could still use a micro, or mini card via adapter. In a device this size physical memory card footprint can't be that much of an issue.

Thoughts?




RE: MicroSD?
By JasonMick (blog) on 5/26/2010 11:35:09 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why use microSD? What ever happened to devices that support standard SD cards? They're cheaper, and in most instances, faster than their smaller siblings. Also, one could still use a micro, or mini card via adapter. In a device this size physical memory card footprint can't be that much of an issue.


But it is.

There would be no way to physically fit two SD cards and all the hardware needed support them AND all the hardware needed for this device in a 5-in. package. True, it could probably fit one full SD slot, but then you'd lose half your capacity.

MicroSD is all about size conservation.

Sure it would be great to go full blow SD, but it's impractical for phones and devices like this. For that reason, despite the higher cost and annoyance of fiddling with adapters/small cards, microSD will survive for the near future.


RE: MicroSD?
By clovell on 5/26/2010 12:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
SD cards are hitting some pretty high capacities (like 32 GB). For me, the need for a second slot comes second to the need for affordable expansion options.


RE: MicroSD?
By Solandri on 5/26/2010 4:09:23 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, for this type of device (little permanent internal storage, limited I/O), two memory card slots make sense. One slot holds a card which augments your permanent internal memory. The other slot is a utility slot for exchanging files and data.


The first iPad competitor?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/26/2010 12:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
Archos already makes tablets, that IMO, seem to be more versatile then the iPad.




RE: The first iPad competitor?
By afkrotch on 5/26/2010 9:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, the only problem is that they didn't advertise it enough, so there's not a nice offering of apps to go with it. I would have gotten one, if that weren't the case.

So far, just sporting an HP TM2 tablet.


Heh.....
By Souka on 5/26/2010 12:25:33 PM , Rating: 4
Well, at least Dell isn't selling a brown version...

"brown streak" LOL.....




HP & Palm
By clovell on 5/26/2010 12:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like Palm is going to be late to this party, too..




Please, a cut down version
By Phoque on 5/26/2010 6:04:10 PM , Rating: 2
I want a model (5") with no cell phone capability at an affordable price ( <= 300 CAN$ ).

If it's got the cell phone capability at that price, without contract, fine.

I just need a PDA/music player(/game platform?). Or maybe I should wait for the PSP2.




Good thing its a phone
By kmmatney on 5/26/2010 6:39:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think being a phone is the only thing that saves this from being a failure. This device can't compete with the iPad. First, the iPad is a luxury item, and you just don't associate Dell with luxury - no one would buy it. At least as a phone, it can serve a real purpose, although its not much better than an iPhone or Droid. Overall, I think it will do as well as those Dell MP3 players.




By iLikeMyiPhone on 5/26/2010 8:17:04 PM , Rating: 2
408 MB DRAM? Why does O2 list it as 256 MB?

2 microSD slots? One is hidden inside the shell which is not accessible easily if not at all.

May I please know your source?




Not big enough and not small enough
By ChipDude on 5/26/10, Rating: -1
By leuNam on 5/26/2010 2:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
I think its called tablet PC... but for the price and phone functionality...(>_<

This looks great! something bigger than the iphone but smaller than the ipad...


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