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Dell Streak tablet: Unboxing and comparison photos

Dell Streak, in hand

The Dell Streak is technically an Android tablet -- one of the first to hit the market -- but it's actually a lot more like a smartphone. Take a look in our full unboxing and comparison gallery.

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33 comments
RCPrater
RCPrater

I think that you'll be amazed at how many people will jump at the idea of replacing there 2 devices for 1 complete device. Everybody you see currently with an iPad has it right next to their iPhone. I think Dell is staking their bets on this "New" emerging market of "tweeners" that would like to have 1 device that encompasses everything. Talking about the Streak can't fit into your pocket, try squeezing an iPad in your pocket, and your iPhone in the other. Everybody is a critic and prognosticator, but let's let the market decide if Big Mike miss the boat on this one. But something tells me that he may be on to something ala The rumored 7' iPad.... The issue is going to come down to rather the market decides we want 5', 7' or 9.7'

scott.mcpherson
scott.mcpherson

No wonder Dell is getting dinged for making bad decisions.... I'll patronize a manufacturer who realizes there are Verizon and Sprint customers as well......

sgd
sgd

too big and goofy looking to use as phone and too small to be useful like a proper tablet.

rweeks6508
rweeks6508

Why do all these devices have to be associate with a comm vendor? I would like to see a device like the iPad that is not handcuffs to iTunes and can play either MP3 or WMA files without converting anything! Bob

jfuller05
jfuller05

The best of both worlds: the tablet and the smart phone. I'm sure there are people that would feel more comfortable trying the Dell Streak instead of the iPad. I say that because most people have used a smart phone, even if they don't own one, most people have used their friend's smart phone. With iPad, some people might be intimidated by it.

mchinsky
mchinsky

I don?t get this. It?s essentially a modern Archos media player. A market segment that I think has been killed in recent years. I Think AT&T forces you to have a traditional cell phone plan on it so it?s essentially the worlds largest cell phone. Too big to ever put in a pocket or wear on a hip. A woman could keep it in a pocketbook but woman aren't the primary buyers of the latest tech. So beyond a wealthy geek who has a full tablet, a 4?+ smartphone, and this to show off, who is the target market?

jrumble
jrumble

WTF . I think we'll partner with AT&T because they are such a good phone/data company. We will also make sure we don't have 4g and CDMA to further restrict sales . Sorry Mr. Dell - no sale here.

QAonCall
QAonCall

Used to have an HP Jornada with a modem. Also had a foldable keyboard that could be used with it. It used a stylus, vs touch. Seems to be about the same size. That was circa 2000 so I would expect hardware etc to be much better. The Jornada ran the office suite too!

Ontario Canada
Ontario Canada

Too bad this Dell uses a proprietary USB cable - another thing to lose. What's wrong with a standard USB? It will invite iPad comparisons, but IMHO there truly isn't much to beat there. Had my hands on the iPad for the first time last week, and my first thought was that I expected a lot more based on the other reviews and media. Truly just an overgrown iPod touch.

Kinetixx
Kinetixx

iPad seems a bit large to take everywhere, while standard smartphone screen seems a bit cramped. Without physically holding it, it does look like something i'd like to try. Since i never put a phone in a shirt pocket, instead it's in a case that clips onto jeans, it doesn't seem too unwieldy. The one downside for me is the AT&T network. I never want to go back to all the dropped calls i had with them. If Verizon picks it up, i would absolutely like to try it.

jrumble
jrumble

let's naroow the number of people - no CDMA , No 4 G no sale

wojnar
wojnar

I have a generation 6 250G Archos 5 that I use as my primary mobile entertainment connection. It has a sharp, bright lcd display displays in HD, built in wifi and some good but limited applications. The Dell's appearance is very similar to the current Archos 5 Internet Tablet - running windows 7 - and the Archos 7 Home Tablet - running Android (http://www.archos.com/). Sounds like Dell has invented a product that is already past its peak and is virtually identical in appearance and function to the Archos family of products.

gwd3
gwd3

I agree - I have a Dell Axim x51v which can accept a large capacity CF card, has 640x480 resolution, plays movies and music, and it does office apps. Sure there's some minor improvements but for the cost, I'll stick with my Axim.

Tech_Monkey
Tech_Monkey

Thats Funny. Its exactly like the Apple USB Cable, except for the color.

LedLincoln
LedLincoln

But you sure would look like Maxwell Smart when making a phone call.

OCJim
OCJim

I too like this one for the slight increase in screen size. And I have had a new ATT phone for about a year and have not had any more dropped calls, and where I used to have no coverage, I now do and can call at will. So ATT is improving their network.

Oopscymru
Oopscymru

ATT in my area is far superior to Verizon, so for me that would be a major PLUS. However - I cannot see how I would use this device for anything really. . . pretty much same with the apple products, although the iPhone did have a certain "cool" factor (even though the iPad may push this one step too far)

gwd3
gwd3

I almost forgot one important but beautiful feature...the Axim x51v comes with a wireless adapter. It let's me Citrix into work and check my email - how cool is that? Ok, the Streak has a larger screen but not by much.

jrumble
jrumble

with everybody switching to a universal mini usb Dell dares to be different . / snark

V.H. Scarpacci
V.H. Scarpacci

That is why Bluetooth was invented. Use a ear bud, headset, sunglasses with an ear piece. Bluetooth is not just for mp3 players. Personally, I am not getting any of these until they have a 10" screen or more. Then it will be useful enough to work on the road and be productive.

OCJim
OCJim

Ha Ha! Point taken, is the STREAK that big??

QAonCall
QAonCall

And on a windows mobile phone you can RDP too! I am not yet interested in anything mobile, vice my netbook and phone. Nothing compelling for me yet. My netbook replaces my old pda, have more needs now! :)

OCJim
OCJim

Thank you, Jim

OCJim
OCJim

Has phone, ATT host...

mnemennth
mnemennth

Hoopty. mnem Another idea whose time will never come.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

The Dell 30-pin connector is not compatible with the iPhone/iPod/iPad.