My Comments on the below:
I really like the look and feel of the device and feel comfortable with its size servicing the need for information on the go (unlike the iPad, which to me is more for casual browsing at home or maybe for the long journeys on holiday). However, I was very disappointed to see that they were positioning a full web browsing experience for users on the go! This to me shows they do not fully understand user habits and the kind of experience they expect whilst searching for content on the go. A full web-experience is not one of them. Users want specific streamlined tailored pieces of content relevant to them at any given time they so wish. A full fat website designed for browsing on the fixed line is certainly not one of them. Nonetheless, I like the look of the device and can see how it may fit into the market but it is awfully close to a mobile phone and I think it will be a challenge expecting everyone to connect via headset to make calls.
Posted byJack Schofield @guardian.co.uk
The Streak is a big Android touch-screen tablet that you can take anywhere instead of your current mobile — as long as you don’t mind carrying a giant smartphone.
Early next month, Dell‘s Streak — its first Android tablet — will go on sale in the UK. The device formerly known as the Dell Mini 5 is what Intel calls a MID (mobile internet device). It has a 5 inch capacitative multi-touch screen and it works as a mobile phone, so it’s not a direct competitor for the Apple iPad or iPod Touch, which are not phones. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, and turn-by-turn navigation using Google Maps.
The Streak does look big if you hold it up to your ear, but most buyers will probably use it via a Bluetooth earpiece.
It’s also different from the iPad in other useful ways. It has a front-facing 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, multi-tasking with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a removable battery, and a MicroSD card slot that can handle 32GB.
Dell says the system will get an over-the-air update to Android 2.2 andAdobe Flash 10.1 later this year.
The Streak’s 16:9 WVGA widescreen has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which provides more of a letterbox view of web pages. Dell describes it as “a full screen browsing experience”, which is pushing it a bit. It looks more comfortable than most mobile phones, but obviously doesn’t compete with larger devices such as the iPad, netbooks and notebook PCs, which typically have 10 inch or larger screens.
“The Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets. Its unique size provides people new ways to enjoy, connect, and navigate their lives,” says Ron Garriques, president, Dell Communication Solutions Group.
He could be right. What remains open to doubt is just how big this “sweet spot” might be.
Prices and 3G data plans will be announced at the UK launch, with a US launch to follow. That means it will appear after the Android-poweredHTC Evo 4G superphone, which Sprint has announced for June 4.