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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.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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