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Dell's latest touchscreen tablet-cum-smartphone will take on Apple's iPhone and iPad in the US on Friday when the company launches its 5-inch Streak for $299 with contract, $549 without.

The Streak, which has been anticipated as a major competitor to both Apple's iPhone and iPad, will be available for pre-sale on Thursday and to the general public on Friday. AT&T, which also offers plans for Apple's iPhone and iPad, will serve as the US carrier for the tablet, offering a $250 subsidy on the device with a 2 year contract.

Garnering significant hype at CES in January, the Streak was officially announced by Dell in May. At the time, Lionel Menchaca, chief blogger for Dell, noted that in his 16 years at the Round rock., Tex., company, this was the most buzz around a single Dell product that he had seen.

With its 5-inch form factor, the Streak has been alternately called an over-sized iPhone and a mini iPad. Although originally slated for US release in late July, the device was pushed back several weeks to its release date on August 13. During the time between the Streak's preview at CES in January and its US launch on Friday, Apple announced, released, and had record sales of both the iPad and iPhone 4.

The Wall Street Journal has proclaimed the Dell Streak as "the first major competitor" to the iPad.

The device will ship with the older 1.6 version of Android. Over-the-air upgrades to Android 2.2 have been promised later this year. Although originally demoed in Cherry Red, Carbon Black will be the only color offered at launch.

The UK saw the Streak's initial release in early June. Despite the buzz surrounding the product, sales were underwhelming. During an analyst meeting in June, Chief Executive Michael Dell referred to the device's UK launch as "interesting, exciting, but immaterial to Dell's $60 billion in revenue."
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I smell a flop coming on...
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I don't think that's flop you smell...
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I don't think that's flop you smell...

I sure do see one.
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I smell a flop coming on...

Yep.
I don't know what possessed them to call it "the streak" either. It just makes me think of that horrible old song by Ray Stevens, or nasty streaks like in one of your kids underwear.
post #6 of 197
Blah.

Another 'iPod/iPad/iPhone killer' road-kill.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Yep.
I don't know what possessed them to call it "the streak" either. It just makes me think of that horrible old song by Ray Stevens, or nasty streaks like in one of your kids underwear.

Yep, they could have came harder with that. SMH
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Unless it's released with Android 2.2/Froyo, and a lot more than 2gb of built-in storage, I sense a Monumental Fail.

It really is interesting that almost every Android device released on AT&T appears to be deliberately cripple, shackled, or stifled in some way or another, almost like they're afraid of offering any viable competition to their (current) flashship device. \
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Blah.

Another 'iPod/iPad/iPhone killer' road-kill.

Yes sir
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Blah.

Another 'iPod/iPad/iPhone killer' road-kill.

Actually No... Apple currently offers nothing in this particular category - The (5 inch) pocketable 3g slate.
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Unless it's released with Android 2.2/Froyo, and a lot more than 2gb of built-in storage, I sense a Monumental Fail.

It really is interesting that almost every Android device released on AT&T appears to be deliberately cripple, shackled, or stifled in some way or another, almost like they're afraid of offering any viable competition to their (current) flashship device. \

Precisely what I was thinking. Makes no sense it coming with 1.6 or any 1.x software. SMH.
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post #12 of 197
We're going streaking!
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Hilarious. Streak on HP's pants probably in a few months ...
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Hilarious. Streak on HP's pants probably in a few months ...

Haha. This guy.
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post #15 of 197
So it is as expensive as a phone and too small to be a tablet. And it is neither a phone nor a tablet!
What is the point of this device exactly?!
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So it is as expensive as a phone and too small to be a tablet. And it is neither a phone nor a tablet!
What is the point of this device exactly?!

As the owner/user of an Archos 5It/Android (5inch screen slate computer), there are numerous benefits to a larger (but still pocket-friendly) slate device.

01 - Videos are much more enjoyable on the larger display.

02 - Games are more 'immersive', especially driving games.

03 - Reading eBooks is much more pleasurable and easy on the eyes on a 5 inch screen than on something smaller.

04 - Web Surfing is also much more enjoyable on the larger display.

and on... and on...
"Why iPhone"... Hmmm?
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

As the owner/user of an Archos 5It, there are numerous benefits to a larger (but still pocket-friendly) slate device.

01 - Videos are much more enjoyable on the larger display.

02 - Games are more 'immersive', especially driving games.

03 - Reading eBooks is much more pleasurable and easy on the eyes on a 5 inch screen than on something smaller.

04 - Web Surfing is also much more enjoyable on the larger display.

and on... and on...

Why not get one of the new large screen Androids then?!
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

Unless it's released with Android 2.2/Froyo, and a lot more than 2gb of built-in storage, I sense a Monumental Fail.

It really is interesting that almost every Android device released on AT&T appears to be deliberately cripple, shackled, or stifled in some way or another, almost like they're afraid of offering any viable competition to their (current) flashship device. \

Its released with 1.6, and upgraded to 2.1 shortly, with 2.2 later in the year.

the cost for the phone aint too bad (waaay less than I am paying for my iphone), but the on contract cost is a bit lame.
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post #19 of 197
With only version 1.6 of Android, this streak still has its clothes on with the inability to handle anything flash. C'mon HTML5!
post #20 of 197
Where I'm from, a streak in your pants is called a shit stain.

On a serious note, why are you guys so quick to call this a failure? And what version of Android was it released with in the UK?
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Originally Posted by NasserAE View Post

Why not get one of the new large screen Androids then?!

The key here is having a sizable screen yet still remaining pocketable (for many).

It's an interesting niche, and as one who owns an Archos 5IT (also a 5inch Android slate computer), I can say it's very handy to have around when my phone's screen is too small, but my iPad's just to big, heavy, cumbersome to carry around.
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

Unless it's released with Android 2.2/Froyo, and a lot more than 2gb of built-in storage, I sense a Monumental Fail.

It really is interesting that almost every Android device released on AT&T appears to be deliberately cripple, shackled, or stifled in some way or another, almost like they're afraid of offering any viable competition to their (current) flashship device. \

You seem to think ATT deliberately designed something that would not make them much money. Hmmm. Now why would they do that?
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Its released with 1.6, and upgraded to 2.1 shortly, with 2.2 later in the year.

the cost for the phone aint too bad (waaay less than I am paying for my iphone), but the on contract cost is a bit lame.

If they do release it with a mere 2gb of user storage (regardless of its microSDHC expansion slot), that's a monumental mistake in a world where 8gb is minimal and 16gb is the standard on these devices.

We'll See...
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Originally Posted by NasserAE View Post

So it is as expensive as a phone and too small to be a tablet. And it is neither a phone nor a tablet!
What is the point of this device exactly?!

It's just a large(r) iPod Touch!
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

As the owner/user of an Archos 5It/Android (5inch screen slate computer), there are numerous benefits to a larger (but still pocket-friendly) slate device.

01 - Videos are much more enjoyable on the larger display.

02 - Games are more 'immersive', especially driving games.

03 - Reading eBooks is much more pleasurable and easy on the eyes on a 5 inch screen than on something smaller.

04 - Web Surfing is also much more enjoyable on the larger display.

and on... and on...

No offence but if I believed you every time you said you owned this or that device, I think you would have to be some kind of multimillionaire who buys every computer and mobile device from every company known.

Every time you want to make a point, you seem to claim ownership of some device or other. I don't believe you.
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As the owner/user of an Archos 5It/Android (5inch screen slate computer), there are numerous benefits to a larger (but still pocket-friendly) slate device....

You must have some VERY big pockets.
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I smell a skunk.

Literally, I do smell a skunk, my window's open, must be nearby. But I don't see this being very successful with 1.6. A promise of 2.2 means nothing until 2.2 is on it, and with 3.0 coming out in a few months not having 2.2 now is a huge flop.

I love my iPhone 4. I want to like Android. I want it to provide stiff, genuine competition. Competition is good, it spurs innovation. But with Android doing nothing new from iPhone and what new it does is only available on a very select portion of the market, it's really not living up to hopes.
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You seem to think ATT deliberately designed something that would not make them much money. Hmmm. Now why would they do that?



Because they love to flagellate themselves (not unlike some of the posters here).

I guess.
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If they haven't been able to deliver a 2.1 update by now I wouldn't hold my breath for a 2.2 or 3.0 update in the future. That means they either have a bulky layer of proprietary software on top or some very closed hardware on the bottom.
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No offence but if I believed you every time you said you owned this or that device, I think you would have to be some kind of multimillionaire who buys every computer and mobile device from every company known.

Every time you want to make a point, you seem to claim ownership of some device or other. I don't believe you.

You hit the nail on the head (then there's that other anti-Apple guy, whose screen-name name I forget, who claims he owns enough Apple stock to buy a Caribbean island and yet, seems to want Apple to tank).

I'll bet he owns some second-tier electronics store in some second-tier city. So he gets to pretend.....
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All this about the Dell 'Streak'; hasn't anyone even heard of the Archos 5? Use your existing cell phone (if you really want to use the phone, or connect to the 'net when you're not in WiFi range) to surf, but this has NOTHING on the Archos 5, or even bigger the Archos 7 or Archos 9. I mean, why buy an iPad that won't let you watch flash, won't give you the option of drag and drop your music, photos, videos, etc....like the Archos tablets can? And it can read internet pages just fine! Even 720p fine when needed, just like the videos it can pump through your giant screen! Under $300 on Amazon, and you can get 250GB of storage included with that! (a slightly older model, that is) The newer ones have the whole Android marketplace, built-in GPS, etc, but less storage space .....Archos is the CADILLAC of tablets.
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All this about the Dell 'Streak'; hasn't anyone even heard of the Archos 5? Use your existing cell phone (if you really want to use the phone, or connect to the 'net when you're not in WiFi range) to surf, but this has NOTHING on the Archos 5, or even bigger the Archos 7 or Archos 9. I mean, why buy an iPad that won't let you watch flash, won't give you the option of drag and drop your music, photos, videos, etc....like the Archos tablets can? And it can read internet pages just fine! Even 720p fine when needed, just like the videos it can pump through your giant screen! Under $300 on Amazon, and you can get 250GB of storage included with that! (a slightly older model, that is) The newer ones have the whole Android marketplace, built-in GPS, etc, but less storage space .....Archos is the CADILLAC of tablets.

Yep. And it's flying off the shelves.
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

As the owner/user of an Archos 5It/Android (5inch screen slate computer), there are numerous benefits to a larger (but still pocket-friendly) slate device.

01 - Videos are much more enjoyable on the larger display.

02 - Games are more 'immersive', especially driving games.

03 - Reading eBooks is much more pleasurable and easy on the eyes on a 5 inch screen than on something smaller.

04 - Web Surfing is also much more enjoyable on the larger display.

and on... and on...

Can you actually get a device this size in your pants, without wearing cargoes? The 3.5-3.7 inch size is perfect. That's even why I didn't consider a Droid X or Evo - 4.3 inches is too big and 5 is even worse.
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No offence but if I believed you every time you said you owned this or that device, I think you would have to be some kind of multimillionaire who buys every computer and mobile device from every company known.

Every time you want to make a point, you seem to claim ownership of some device or other. I don't believe you.

Really?

For the benefit of yet another naysayer who chooses to question my integrity, I'll humor you:



Pictured (left to right) are some of my current touchscreen/slate devices: Creative Zii EGG/32gb, Sony P-Series (touch-screen modified), Lenovo S10-3t, Archos 5It/32gb, Apple iPad 64gb/WiFi+3g, and iPod Touch 64gb.

Note: The prominent display of the very page you're reading at this moment.

I'd venture this clears up this little matter for you.
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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

Really?

For the benefit of yet another naysayer who chooses to question my integrity, I'll humor you:



Pictured (left to right) are some of my current touchscreen/slate devices: Creative Zii EGG/32gb, Sony P-Series (touch-screen modified), Lenovo S10-3t, Archos 5It/32gb, Apple iPad 64gb/WiFi+3g, and iPod Touch 64gb.

Note: The prominent display of the very page you're reading at this moment.

I'd venture this clears up this little matter for you.

Photoshopped!

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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

No offence but if I believed you every time you said you owned this or that device, I think you would have to be some kind of multimillionaire who buys every computer and mobile device from every company known.

Every time you want to make a point, you seem to claim ownership of some device or other. I don't believe you.

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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

Really?

For the benefit of yet another naysayer who chooses to question my integrity, I'll humor you:



Pictured (left to right) are some of my current touchscreen/slate devices: Creative Zii EGG/32gb, Sony P-Series (touch-screen modified), Lenovo S10-3t, Archos 5It/32gb, Apple iPad 64gb/WiFi+3g, and iPod Touch 64gb.

Note: The prominent display of the very page you're reading at this moment.

I'd venture this clears up this little matter for you.

See, Prof., what did I tell you? That's the back-room of his store. (The same place from which he posted his Apple collection a few weeks ago; wait till you see his Microsoft collection......)
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

You must have some VERY big pockets.

Going from the dimensions, it doesn't seem that unworkable. My iPhone falls sideways in the pockets of my regular jeans, or really, everything that I wear.

It looks like the claimed storage built-in is mostly useless for user files. 2GB is supposedly for the OS, you must have a microSD card for any appreciable number of media and data files.
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Going from the dimensions, it doesn't seem that unworkable. My iPhone falls sideways in the pockets of my regular jeans.

It looks like the claimed storage built-in is mostly useless for user files. 2GB is supposedly for the OS, you must have a microSD card for any appreciable number of media and data files.

Agreed, but to even allow a device of this nature to be sold claiming only 2gb of storage just looks bad - IMO.
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See, Prof., what did I tell you? That's the back-room of his store. (The same place from which he posted his Apple collection a few weeks ago; wait till you see his Microsoft collection......)

If by 'store' you mean the room in which I 'store' a few of my 'toys'... you'd be correct - The 'really good stuff' is in my home office -

Anyway... About That Dell Streak...
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post #40 of 197
This product is DOA. Wrong form factor. Wrong OS. Wrong brand. Dell really doesn't know what they are doing. No wonder this company is in the toilet. A total lack of innovation and imagination.
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