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Old 08-12-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:16 AM   #2
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Hybrid Dell Streak Phone-Tablet Goes on Sale This Week

Dell is slated to begin processing U.S. pre-orders for its hybrid smartphone-tablet on Thursday, with the Dell Streak going on sale Friday. Customers who sign up for a two-year service agreement with AT&T will be able to purchase the device for $299.99 -- or for $549.99 without the service contract.

"The Dell Streak has found a way to fit your whole world in a five-inch screen," said Ron Garriques, president of Dell Communication Solutions. "Its unique size will help people discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives."

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The tablet space is an exciting one to be in right now because it's still emerging and with the story still being written, said Kevin Andrew, a member of the Dell Streak development team. However, for a class of device "that sits somewhere between a smartphone and a full netbook or notebook" to succeed, "it needs to do certain activities better than anything else," he said.

One thing that differentiates the Streak from pure-play tablets is that it also can place and receive phone calls over 3G networks, Andrew observed. "What's great about Google is that if you have your contacts in your Google accounts or Gmail, it will actually pull all those contacts down to the phone when you log in for the first time," Andrew said. "So if I ever lost the device, I could actually go in and find those contacts."

Dell is also counting on the Streak's video-conference capabilities to differentiate the device from tablet rivals. Unlike Apple's iPad, the Dell Streak is equipped with a rear five-megapixel camera with dual flash for taking pictures at night as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video chat or snapping self-portraits.

Forrester Research analyst Henry Dewing sees a slightly larger touchscreen smartphone like the Streak as potentially ideal for completing collaboration tasks. "Information workers attend one or more meetings every day, and almost a third of their team members are not colocated with them," Dewing wrote in a blog. "This calls for solutions and devices that enable these mobile workers to communicate and collaborate -- and the Streak fits nicely into market white space to fill this need."
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:33 AM   #3
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The Streak's been out for ages, hasn't it? I've been seeing adverts for it here in the UK for about a year!
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:58 AM   #4
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The Streak's been out for ages, hasn't it? I've been seeing adverts for it here in the UK for about a year!
Only just launched in the US - unusually, it launched here in the UK first, a couple of months or so ago.

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Too bad it's with AT&T. I was ready to buy one but I'm not switching carriers.
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Too bad it's with AT&T. I was ready to buy one but I'm not switching carriers.
It's mind boggling that the "off contract" version which costs $550 is still locked to AT&T. You would think Dell could sell this thing better if people could use their own sim vendor.
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It's mind boggling that the "off contract" version which costs $550 is still locked to AT&T. You would think Dell could sell this thing better if people could use their own sim vendor.
Yes. I was hoping they wouldn't lock it. Bummer, because I really like the screen size for reading.
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Yes. I was hoping they wouldn't lock it. Bummer, because I really like the screen size for reading.
Yeah a lot of folks, including myself, aren't too happy with that. Though I've heard all you have to do is call AT&T to get an unlock code.

For some reason I thought you already where an AT&T customer, is that not so?

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AT&T doesn't easily unlock it's locked phones, even if you buy it outright, or people wouldn't be unlocking iPhones left and right.

I'd be interested in that size for reading as well, but I'm not touching another Dell product with my dollars. We had nothing but trouble with my husband's Dell stuff, and I haven't been too pleased with some of the enterprise items we're using at work, either.
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Yeah a lot of folks, including myself, aren't too happy with that. Though I've heard all you have to do is call AT&T to get an unlock code.

For some reason I thought you already where an AT&T customer, is that not so?

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I am with AT&T, but I need unlocked so I can use overseas for months at a time.
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The Streak at first sounds like an interesting device. However the thing that kills my interest, besides the AT&T exclusivity, is that its pixel resolution (800x480) is no better than any smartphones in the 3.7-4.2" range.

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