Dell announced this morning, that the Streak will be available August 13th in the United States exclusively through AT&T at a contract price of $300, or $550 standalone; however, the question is as to whether the Streak is in fact a competitive product or just to0 little to0 late.
The device is marketed as tablet by Dell, boasting a 5-inch multi-touch screen that makes it convenient for tablet use, but has phone capabilities as well. It runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, WVGA 800×480 display, 5MP rear camera with front facing camera as well, 2GB internal storage with microSD slot and includes all wireless connections; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G. All of this is brought together with Google’s Android 1.6 operating system.
The Streak seems to take a blend of everything that consumers like about current smart-phones; larger screen, high pixel camera, removable storage and a full range of connections. The thing is, it doesn’t seem to stand out from any of them. True Android phones are already stepping on the Streak’s turf with 4.3-inch displays, the HD screen and camera capabilities of the iPhone 4 is currently unparalleled and the Android phone market already has numerous, well established, competitors utilizing the powerful Snapdragon processor with more updated versions of the Google OS.
And when it comes to tablet use, Apple’s iPad rings in at a similar starting price of $499, and not only provides nearly the exact same features as the Streak, but with its larger size, is preferential for tablet focused consumers.
The Dell Streak is an innovative device, unfortunately it appears to only fit a very specific type of user. Had it been available much earlier in the year, more importantly before Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad, it likely may have just been the hot gadget Dell was hoping for.
Could the Dell Streak really take off as the perfect blend of tablet and smartphone, or are the two devices better left separate?