It’s finally here! The Streak tablet from Dell that many from the anti-iPad camp are willing to champion, in spite of it being just half the size of the Apple’s tablet. The Streak is pitched as an iPad competitor.
The Streak is all set to storm the market and Dell just came out with the good news: the Streak will cost $299.99 with a two-year AT&T contract and $549.99 without the AT&T’s blessings. The 13th of August that has been fixed as the date when the Streak will begin its onslaught, with Dell starting to accept orders beginning August 12. And this time, it’s not going to be a false start.
The unique aspect of the Streak is its 5 inch sized display, which is bigger than what the average smartphone comes with, though it just stops short of being firmly in the tablet territory on account of the smallish screen. In fact, many even doubt whether it can truly conform to being a tablet. That appears to be a smart ploy on part of the marketing guys to park the Streak safe from the intensely competitive Android smartphone market (where giants of the likes of Motorola Droid X and HTC Evo can be seen lurking around) while still enabling the Streak to cash in on the lucrative tablet market that is currently dominated by the iPad. The iPad has gone on to sell over 3 million units so far and this figure alone should be justification enough to have a product in this segment. With the Streak, Dell seems to have the right product to make the best of both worlds. Unlike the iPad, you can also make and receive calls with the Streak.
As Ron Garriques, president of Dell Communication Solutions puts it, “The Dell Streak has found a way to fit your whole world in a 5-inch screen. Its unique size will help people discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives.”
Early reviews of the Streak has been extremely favorable, in spite of the device still running the older version of the Android OS. Clearly they are targeting the smartphone users who crave a bigger display and more functionality than the average smartphone while also offering many of the features that you would otherwise have only in a full fledged tablet device.
However, the one thing that many might not like in the Streak is that the display is currently locked in a landscape mode. Keep watching for more details news and reviews of the Streak as well as other latest tablet pc and e-reader news.