Originally Posted by myapplelove
You 've obviously not used a lot of ereaders an inch down from 6" to 5" makes a huge difference, it's just not any damn good for reading. Seen a lot of paperbacks at this size? I didn't think so.
I don't see paperbacks in iPad size either but still wouldn't call iPad to big for reading novels... though for me it is a bit too big for casual caring around. I know 5" is less than 6" but still much better than 3.5". I guess that is completely individual.
I haven't seen anyone on a modern smart phone dissatisfied with screen real estate for texting. There's a reason smartphone manufacturers have stuck with pretty much similar sizes. If dell think they are smarter than the rest they better think again, because that's what idiots (or geniuses) usually think, and they are not the latter for sure.
Personally I'd like a bit more space for messages when I open keyboard to reply on my iPhone (especially that keyboard does not disappear after message is sent and you cannot pull it down on your own - you have to leave that message tread and return to it in order to loose keyboard). I don't know if I would actually sacrifice iPhone size for bigger screen in reality, but I think it is interesting idea to have a look at. At the end of the day, I think that is what Dell thinks as well - trying something a bit different that would position their product between smartphones and iPad/tablets. I don't think there is much of a risk there either - if it doesn't sell, Dell will move same logic into bigger casing, slap bigger screen on top and re-brand it into, er, Dell Stream or something.
No it's not hypocrisy, it's reality. A device that gains almost 3 times in size to become a reader rather than a phone, is not an oversized nothing, it's just a different class of device, with all sorts of different functions, that all the idiot nay sayers just weren't getting. That was like saying that a limousine, is just an oversized luxury car, it's not, they serve different purposes, they are different. But Streak isn't a different class of device, it's a not a reader or tablet browser, it is an oversized smart phone, anyway you cut it.
I think everyone should see (and try) both of them before forming opinion. I haven't tried either, so for me they are either both oversized-something, or they are both not. Of course different form factor/size can and will change they way device can be used, but without trying I can't decide where is the borderline between oversized same-as, and completely different.