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  1.    #1  
    Hi all,

    Here is another thing to tie up AT&T's traffic.

    Take care,

    Jay


    Dell to Sell Tablet For $300 With AT&T Contract
    By REUTERS, August 10, 2010, Filed at 4:17 p.m. ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dell Inc will begin selling its new tablet device called the Dell Streak to U.S. customers later this week for $299.99 with a two-year AT&T Inc contract, and for $549.99 without, it said on Tuesday.

    Dell said it would begin taking orders online on Thursday.

    The company is hoping the five-inch tablet, which runs on Google Inc's Android operating system, will help it take on Apple Inc's iPad.

    (Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Gary Hill)
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    Hi, here is an update.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Dell Streak: Will it sell?
    By Larry Dignan | August 11, 2010, 7:36am PDT

    Dell Streak: Will it sell? | ZDNet

    Dell has delivered some key pricing details about its Android-powered Streak device, which appears to be a tweener between a smartphone and a tablet.

    According to Dell:

    The Streak will run you $299.99 with a 2-year AT&T contract and $549.99 without.

    People that registered for a pre-sale can get the Streak on Thursday.
    The general public gets the Streak on Friday.
    The device ships with Android 1.6 and will get an over-the-air upgrade to Android 2.2 later this year.

    The big question: You buying?

    I have my concerns about a 5-inch tablet. After all, you could get a Droid X with a 4.3-inch screen and the latest Android for $199.99 after rebates on Verizon. If you want a semi-big screen Android device the Droid X could trump the Streak. TechRepublic’s Bill Detwiler pegged the problem early on: The Streak is too much like a smartphone and not enough like a tablet. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes adds that the Streak is a device without a defined audience.

    Meanwhile, John Gruber notes that a new iPod touch is on deck. Dell’s Streak will compete with the tablet and smartphone categories because of its screen size.

    There may be some initial demand for the Streak, but the real tell will be the sales after a few weeks and months. I have a hard time seeing the Streak hold sales momentum.
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    Woo hoo! $300 with a 2 year commitment on a device with a >1-year-old operating system (Android 1.6). At full price, it costs more than an iPad. What were they thinking?
  4.    #4  
    Hi,

    I agree with you!!!!!!

    I also have to say the article is correct. Droid X is almost the same size, it is a phone, which the streak isn't and the OS is out of date!

    To me, this is a Dell misstep!

    Take care,

    Jay
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  5.    #5  
    Hi everyone,

    It isn't often Michael Dell comes up with a turkey...however.....this review makes a the Dell Streak is going to be a major bomb...I still don't understand selling it with basically an "old" OS and the fact it is slightly larger than some android phones!

    Take care,

    Jay

    I want an Android tablet ... but not Dell's
    Where is the large, slim and powerful competitor to the iPad?
    By Wilson Rothman, msnbc.com

    I want an Android tablet ... but not Dell's - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - msnbc.com

    If the first half of 2010 taught us two things, it's that a) touch tablets are awesome and b) people will pay for them. So why, to date, aren't the tablets based on Google's Android OS any good?
    The iPad is off to a tremendous head start. There are more than 3 million — possibly 4 million — in people's hands already. But the competition, well, that is non-existent. What the Android camp needs is a thin, large-screened Wi-Fi-only tablet, priced around $400, that can go toe-to-toe with the iPad.

    The half-tablet/half-phone Streak that Dell just introduced is none of these things, and if you turn over a few rocks, you'll find more Android tablets that are equally disappointing.

    What's wrong with the Streak, you ask? What isn't wrong with it? With a 5-inch screen, it's hardly larger than Sprint's Evo or Verizon's Droid X phones, but both of those sell for less and are rocking the latest Android firmware, 2.2, while the Streak is stuck in the middle ages, running the year-old Android 1.6. Dell claims there will be an upgrade sometime this year.

    Though there are lots of perks associated with the newer firmware, the real benefit is speed. It's way faster. Nobody wants to buy a device with last year's OS on it, even when there's a promise of an upgrade. Even the reviews on Dell.com (presumably from non-U.S. customers who had an earlier chance to buy the Streak) hint at sluggishness and battery life issues.

    Worse, the Streak is being marketed like a cell phone, sold subsidized but tethered to AT&T. Last I checked, the majority of people who were renewing their contracts to AT&T were Apple-loving iPhone owners, and they weren't particularly happy about it. The choice is stark: Spend $300 up front and pay a 3G subscription fee for two years (or more), or pay $550 for one outside of a contract.

    I am actually grateful that Apple sold the Wi-Fi only iPad before the 3G one. Not only did it save me $130 up front, but it saved me from buying into a monthly 3G plan that I'd use rarely or never. The only time I use the iPad outside of a (guaranteed) Wi-Fi network is in the car or on a plane, and in both instances I have enough loaded on there, between e-books, videos and games, to not need a connection.

    Other contenders range from dismal to vaporous.

    Among the extant shipping products are the Augen GenTouch and the Archos 7, both with 7-inch screens. Engadget's Joanna Stern said of the GenTouch, "Its 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM makes Android smart phones like the Droid X, Incredible and Evo 4G look like Usain Bolt." The device costs $150 ... and sells at Kmart. Augen clearly hasn't heard of aiming high. (And who can trust a company that doesn't buy their own brand's dot-com domain name, when it's clearly available?)

    The Archos 7 has an even feebler 600MHz processor and a resistive touch screen, which means it's inherently harder to push and less responsive than the current crop of phones from Apple, HTC and Motorola. Price tag on this? $200.

    The most intriguing Android tablet yet announced is the Adam by Notion Ink. It's bigger than the others. In fact, though its screen is even larger than the iPad's by a tad, it's still about the same thickness. It does both Wi-Fi and 3G, and unlike the iPad, has slots for SD cards, HDMI cables and USB devices. It's even got a swivel camera (for shooting and video conferencing), and a high-tech indoor/outdoor screen.

    Trouble is, it doesn't exist. At least, it hasn't made it past prototype form. As of this week, the company says it's in funding limbo, and won't be ready to ship anything until the end of the year (if you believe them). But hey, the nice thing is that they're promising three device configurations, according to Engadget, all priced "lower than even the ($500) basic model of iPad."

    In other words, it's exactly what we want, but probably too good to be true.

    When Google released the excellent Nexus One in January, it set the bar high, and suddenly, every carrier ensured that it had a 1GHz, easily upgradeable Android phone on the market. The cell phone business might be a little — or a lot — different than the tablet business, but as Android's steward, Google needs to step up again.

    Show us a design, Google. Show us the heights of what can be done, before these penny-ante Android tablets irreparably sully the OS's increasingly proud name.

    Catch up with Wilson on Twitter at @wjrothman. Bonus points if you do it from a (decent) touch tablet.
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    I agree with this article. After all the buzz at CES 2010, you would have thought at least one of the really competitive Android tablets would be out by now.

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