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Dell announces Streak, a 5-inch Android-based iPad competitor

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Dell's entry into the tablet market was made official Tuesday with the Streak, previously shown at CES 2010 as a concept, now set to take on Apple's iPad in the U.K. in early June, and in the U.S. later this summer.

The 5-inch touchscreen device, formerly known as the Mini 5, was formally announced by Dell on the company's official blog. The 3G-enabled smartphone and tablet will be exclusive to the O2 network in the U.K. and will go on sale June 4. The tablet device is about half the size of Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.

"I've been at Dell for 16 years, and I don't think there's ever been more buzz around a single Dell product than this," wrote Lionel Menchaca, chief blogger for the Round Rock, Tex., company. "In my view, that's for good reason. Hardware and design-wise, this thing impresses. Add the ever-increasing capability that Android brings to the equation, and you've got a mobile device that offers a ton of flexibility while looking cool in the process."

Over-the-air upgrades will bring the latest software to the platform, including Adobe Flash 10.1 and Android 2.2 "later this year," he wrote.

The device has a capacitive multitouch display with a 800x480 pixel resolution display, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon ARM-based processor from Qualcomm. It also sports a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video chat functionality "down the road," removable battery, 3.5mm headphone jack, integrated 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a Micro SD slot offering up to 32GB.

The Dell Streak runs a customized version of Google's Android mobile operating system, allowing multitouch gestures and adding "Dell user interface enhancements." It also has access to the nearly 40,000 applications on the Android Marketplace, Microsoft Exchange connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps, and support for Google Voice.



Dell first showed off the device, akin to a large iPod touch, at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The slate-style device was briefly flashed by executives from Dell, as many companies introduced their own tablets before Apple's official unveiling of the iPad.

No U.S. carriers or partners have been announced, nor has Dell revealed any pricing on data plans or hardware. Menchaca simply noted that further information is forthcoming.

In a video showing off the hardware, Kevin Andrew, a member of the Dell Streak development team, said that the device could be used for consuming content on the go, including e-books, music and movies. Andrew said he's also used it as his primary phone while testing the device.

"For me, this is a fantastic device because it combines the capability of the Android platform with a great industrial design and form factor that can go with me wherever I want," he said.



As companies look to compete with Apple in the tablet space, many have turned to mobile operating systems like Android instead of traditional operating systems like Windows 7. Most recently, it was rumored that HP scrapped Windows for its forthcoming Slate PC that was shown off at CES with Microsoft. The company's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm is expected to pave the way for devices powered by WebOS, the mobile touchscreen operating system Palm created for its Pre smartphone.
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"I've been at Dell for 16 years, and I don't think there's ever been more buzz around a single Dell product than this," wrote Lionel Menchaca, chief blogger for the Round Rock, Tex., company.

How do i get a job as a "chief blogger"?
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If someone is to carry something in addition to a smart phone it better be bigger and better than that.
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If someone is to carry something in addition to a smart phone it better be bigger and better than that.

i read somewhere it IS a big smartphone.
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If someone is to carry something in addition to a smart phone it better be bigger and better than that.

it is a phone;
Dell on Tuesday formally unveiled the Streak, an Android-powered device the company is marketing as a tablet, though it will only boast a five-inch screen.

The Streak, formerly known as the Mini 5, will first be available in the U.K. later this month through O2, and will come to the U.S. this summer.

The Streak includes built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and available 3G, which will handle e-mail, texting, instant messages, and voice calls.

from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2364146,00.asp
post #6 of 131
It looks like a rebranded Archos.

Nothing to see here.....
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If someone is to carry something in addition to a smart phone it better be bigger and better than that.

I second that.

This really is just a big iPhone or Android phone.

I don't get it.
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post #8 of 131
was just an oversized iPod Touch. This is going to look SO cool up against someone head taking a call!

A repurposed Dell Mini. Well at least it will be running Android. Well custom Android. With Dell enhancements. Dang why did I just flash on an Enzyte commercial??!!
post #9 of 131
idgi who wants to carry around a big android phone


btw and the android OS fragmentation continues
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How do i get a job as a "chief blogger"?

Work your way up from associate blogger.
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I second that.

This really is just a big iPhone or Android phone.

I don't get it.


the problem is it's NOT a big iPhone or android phone. It's slightly bigger, but not big enough to make it worth owning if you've already got a smart phone.


Sheldon
post #12 of 131
is the iPad even a phone ?
Come on, we know almost everyone here is a fanboy that needs to compared everything to the iDevices but the Dell Streak is a "phone". Should we compare the iPad to the next 4.3in Android device or the HTC EVO or the HD2?
post #13 of 131
Kevin Andrew really just parrots Steve Jobs at the beginning of the interview when he talks about what consumers want. He also takes a long time to answer the first question about what he uses the device for, meandering to talk about Android and the device design. He seems to have his own agenda on what he needs to say, and is anxious to make sure he gets it out there. Things get better when he starts the demo, but he tries to make some things sound great when really they work just as you'd hope they would (when I click on a Facebook contact's name, should I be surprised when it jumps to their info?).

Overall, I think this is one of those devices you really just need to see yourself to pass judgement on.
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Work your way up from associate blogger.

Now that's funny! And very helpful, too
post #15 of 131
LOL I don't mind the Bluetooth headset or using a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack combo found in smartphone phones but adding an speaker and mic for using it as phone is pretty lame. It's only slightly better than the "sidetalking" N-Gage.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b1...ngagephone.jpg (image)
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post #16 of 131
sorry but 5 inches is not a tablet.
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It looks like a rebranded Archos. Nothing to see here.....

It does not look like an Archos 5.

I would be willing to believe that Archos designed it specifically for Dell as it is very close in specs and appearance to the Archos 5. See http://www.archos.com/products/imt/archos_5/specs.html

I would be willing to believe that Archos designed it for Dell as Archos stock price has not cratered, but is up over the last few months. See http://www.euronext.com/trader/summa...&selectedMep=1
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is the iPad even a phone ?
Come on, we know almost everyone here is a fanboy that needs to compared everything to the iDevices but the Dell Streak is a "phone". Should we compare the iPad to the next 4.3in Android device or the HTC EVO or the HD2?

Yeah, we know it's a phone. A really BIG phone - a repurposed Dell Mini. But they are positioning it against the iPad (did you read the article, sunshine?) so the comparisons are already established by the article. But yes, yes indeed it is a very big phone. Your Android fanboy status is peeking out just a titch. We know why you're here. Relax. It's OK. They'll un-ban you over at the Android forums once you get it out of your system. Take a deep breath. Repeat after me: "there's no place like home, there's no place like home..."

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How do i get a job as a "chief blogger"?

Step 1: Go to Wordpress.com
Step 2: Register
Step 3: Congratulations you are a "chief blogger" with all the journalistic exemptions, and your room is officially a news room.
post #20 of 131
this is nothing but a BIG smartphone!! what a waste of time and resources. Nice try Dell!!!
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sorry but 5 inches is not a tablet.

I second that.

How is this an iPad competitor? Its like comparing a netbook to a 17" macbook.
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is the iPad even a phone ?
Come on, we know almost everyone here is a fanboy that needs to compared everything to the iDevices but the Dell Streak is a "phone". Should we compare the iPad to the next 4.3in Android device or the HTC EVO or the HD2?
post #23 of 131
What is wrong with Dell? This is a big phone, why in the hell would someone want a phone that big, this is stupidly ridiculous. It is just a huge phone, this is also going to be a huge flop!!!
post #24 of 131
Dull product and doubly dull presentation video.
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Yeah, they're just comparing it against the iPad because it generates press. Really it's just another (really big) Android phone, and will compete against other phones, not the iPad or even iPod Touch. Will people be willing to carry around a really big phone to have a bigger screen on it? I don't see the market niche for it, personally, but who knows. Maybe they can get some exclusive games for their screen resolution or something.
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It's amazing how PC companies constantly misjudge the market. It starts with a basic question. What purpose does this product serve? It's a slightly bigger screen than an iPhone or other Android phone. I can see a market for maybe a 7-8 inch device. Something a little smaller than an iPad. I guarantee that the original design was for a bigger screen but they couldn't hit the price point they wanted to hit so they made the screen smaller. It makes absolutely no sense from a design perspective. No one would use this as there primary smart phone. So if you have to carry around a second device, why not make it bigger. They should have called it the iPaperweight...
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Yeah, they're just comparing it against the iPad because it generates press. Really it's just another (really big) Android phone, and will compete against other phones, not the iPad or even iPod Touch. Will people be willing to carry around a really big phone to have a bigger screen on it? I don't see the market niche for it, personally, but who knows. Maybe they can get some exclusive games for their screen resolution or something.

It's obviously targeted at Apple haters. They can tote it around and try to convince people that it's better than an iPad. Who needs all that screen space? Plus, it's perfect for when you have a big call to make.
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sorry but 5 inches is not a tablet.

I second that.

How is this an iPad competitor? Its like comparing a netbook to a 17" macbook.
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It's obviously targeted at Apple haters. They can tote it around and try to convince people that it's better than an iPad. Who needs all that screen space? Plus, it's perfect for when you have a big call to make.

Of course it's better than an iPad... it will have flash!
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If someone is to carry something in addition to a smart phone it better be bigger and better than that.

I hear its Dell codename was "the Weenie" ;-)
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Someone at marketing forgot to think of the naming implications...

Agreed about the size. I'm waiting on the next iPhone so I can stop carrying even a digital camera. Now Dell wants me to have two phones in my pockets. I'm hoping to get rid of keys and wallet someday, not add more stuff to carry.
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I am thrilled to see so many of these types of devices coming on the market that ARE NOT RUNNING WINDOWS. This is the first time in years that there is a significant choice between operating systems other than OS X and Windows. This is the fastest way to push open formats like HTML5. I don't ever want to see a single OS dominate the cell market or the desktop market. Keeping healthy competition in this day and age will help force open formats, which will then mean it doesn't matter which OS you are running on.
post #33 of 131
It's NOT an iPad. Someone in Marketing got a bonus for for calling an obvious smart phone a "pad". Nice try Dell - you'll get headlines, like this one, but you're not really fooling anyone but yourselves.
post #34 of 131
Looks like a large Android phone.
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There's really good news for Apple here. First, it just doesn't compete against the iPad. So the branding that tries to do so will inevitably make the iPad look good.

Second, as a phone it doesn't present a real compelling reason to go to what amounts to a slightly larger form factor. So when the inevitable comparisons against the newest iPhone begin, it's once again inevitable that it'll make the iPhone look good.

Third, it can't compete against the iPod Touch on price points, unless they want to give it away.

Fourth, we won't even TALK about the stuff you can run on the iPlatform vs the competition. 'Nuff said.

Apple needs to send some flowers and a nice "thank you" card to Dell for this gift....
post #36 of 131
"Dell user interface enhancements."?

Somebody pinch me!
post #37 of 131
This new Streak device drom Dell seems sweet, I'd love a bit of a larger screen in my iphone and the streak has flash support. I am not pro flash yet today I was trying to check rates and reservations, couldn't do it on my 3GS. Can't wait to try the Dell Streak, I hope the user interface matches the iPhone's.
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There's really good news for Apple here. First, it just doesn't compete against the iPad. So the branding that tries to do so will inevitably make the iPad look good.

Second, as a phone it doesn't present a real compelling reason to go to what amounts to a slightly larger form factor. So when the inevitable comparisons against the newest iPhone begin, it's once again inevitable that it'll make the iPhone look good.

Third, it can't compete against the iPod Touch on price points, unless they want to give it away.

Fourth, we won't even TALK about the stuff you can run on the iPlatform vs the competition. 'Nuff said.

Apple needs to send some flowers and a nice "thank you" card to Dell for this gift....

I think what really cracks me up is that the product was announced on a blog!
Newsworthy enough? Not really - no press conference - no big developer's conference to show it off - Nada! - except a blog by the "chief blogger"...

Let's see:

Apprentice Blogger
Blogger
Chief Blogger

What's next?

Master Blogger

of course!

I commented somewhere that here in Oz (Australia) there are Apple Stores and Dell Kiosks... in the malls...

Kinda says it all, doesn't it?
post #39 of 131
it awfully looks like PSP without game buttons... stupid sony...
post #40 of 131
IDGI it's a big android phone who wants that, it's too big to comfortably put in a pocket but too small looking to always carry around


btw the fragmenting of android continues
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