Dell Streak: the details...and the reviews
- 04 June, 2010 01:58
Dell Streak tablet
Dell is diving headfirst into the smartphone/tablet market with the Android-powered Dell Streak. The Streak was announced last month and will be available for $US500 in the US in July, and for 429 pounds in the UK this weekend. Critics have already circled the Streak and dished on how it functions, looks and feels--and its ability to compete with other smartphones/tablets, a hybrid market I didn't even know existed.
- Android 2.1
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 5-inch multi-touch WVGA display
- VGA front facing camera
- Removable battery
- 3G + WiFi + Bluetooth
- UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of up to HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSDPA
- HDMI out
- 5 MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash
- 2GB of internal memory
- Micro SD expandable memory available up to 32 GB (42 movies, 32,000 photos, or 16,000 songs)
- Cushions made from 100 percent sustainable, compostable bamboo
Dell executive Ron Garriques posed the Streak as a "business-first product" and suggested the all-in-one device will, at first, probably be as a supplement to a smartphone, but could ultimately be a replacement.
The Critics Weigh In
What would a sneak preview be without a storm of critical opinions? (After all, months before the iPad's release, everybody and their mother gave Apple a piece of their mind.) The consensus is ... mostly negative.
CNET caught some grumblings from Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Mossberg said that using the Dell Streak as a phone "was like holding a waffle to his head" and Swisher said "the most likely use for the device was as something to eat." Yikes for the food analogies.
Business Insider 's Nick Saint posed a bunch of harsh questions for Dell. Among other things, Saint said it's too big; nobody would want to carry it as well as a phone; and people would rather have a full-sized tablet. He also called it a "dumbphone" (awesome coinage) and recommended buying a cheaper iPod Touch instead.
The best comment I saw was on Boy Genius Report, which said: "It looks like a smart phone designed for Zack Morris."
Wired has an optimistic view of the Streak . Priya Ganapati said it's the "first real challenger" against the iPad. While many have a problem with the $500 price tag, Ganapati says, "The Streak's pricing on par with the iPad is a bold move by Dell considering the device feels somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet."
Everywhere you go, critics are comparing the Dell Streak to Sprint's newest smartphone: the HTC EVO 4G, which has a bunch of killer features. Not only is the EVO 4G's camera more powerful (8-megapixels versus the Streak's 5-megapixels), it has a more space-conscious screen and, of course, 4G (which hasn't lived up to its potential yet).
And let us not forget the upcoming fourth-generation iPhone. According to reports, the newest iPhone will have a beefy camera, front-facing video, high-resolution screen, a powerful processor, and a whole lot more. If Dell is going to tout the Streak as a smartphone, it might have another thing coming.
I think the downfall of the Dell Streak will be its size and its service. The screen is a little too big to be a smartphone and a little too small to be a tablet. Customers complained about typing on the iPad. Shrink that and now try writing an e-mail. (However, Dell is reported working on 7- and 10-inch iterations of the Streak, which could definitely give Apple a run for its money.)
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- Dell Streak Tablet Coming This Summer - PCWorld
- Dell Streak Coming to Europe Next Month, Then US - PCWorld
- Dell streak tablet entices people to watch, surf, connect, listen, and play on 5” of power and portability : Dell
- Desktop Computers, Laptops, Servers, Monitors, Printers & PC Accessories : Dell Australia
- Apple iPad Reviews: The Critics Weigh In - PCWorld
- Up close with the Dell Streak : Beyond Binary - CNET News
- Walt Mossberg : AllThingsD
- Kara Swisher : BoomTown : AllThingsD
- The Dell Streak In Action: Would You Pay $500 For This?
- Dell Streak available in the U.S. next month for $500 « Boy Genius Report
- Dell ‘Streak’ Tablet U.S. Debut in July for $500 : Gadget Lab : Wired.com
- HTC EVO 4G Phone Review - PCWorld
- Sprint's HTC EVO 4G: 5 Killer Features - PCWorld
- Sprint EVO 4G Sluggish in Northwest - PCWorld
- New iPhone Spec Rumors: A4-Class CPU, 960x640 Display - PCWorld
- Dell's 7-inch and 10-inch Streak tablets leaked! -- Engadget
- Psst: Dell's Streak Isn't an Android Tablet - PCWorld
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