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davomrmac

May 26th 2010 1:10 pm

Does anyone actually think that this Dell Streak has a place in the market.

I mean it is too big for the pocket (being larger than a mobile phone) and too small for a good sized tablet experience (like the iPad). Also it does not make calls (I think). Also seems to be hampered by Android 1.6, so unless hacked to upgrade it would be behind on all the 2.1 and 2.2 goodness. Thoughts anyone?

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ArmpitOfDeath

The size is absolutely compelling to me. The problem is that I would like the resolution to be 1024x600-ish to make the size worthwhile.
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Todrick

See i think you have this backwards:

"it is too big for the pocket"

No, it is just small enough to fit in a pocket. It is small enough to be, unlike the iPad.... Truly Portable.

"and too small for a good sized tablet experience"
Again, no... It is just large enough to allow for easy web browsing, eBook reading, video watching... etc. Without being so large that it is no longer pocketable.

See, for me when the iPad was just a rumor(iSlate), I had a dream device in mind:

- 5-ish inch screen.(Large than a phone, more portable than a netbook)
- Phone capability.
- Multitasking.
- Front facing camera.

and a few others...

The streak is all of them, while the iPad is none.
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Tsaxmafia

I agree completely......Im not searching the internet for a place to buy one of these when they go on sale
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davomrmac

Thanks everyone for your thoughts on this. I guess this could be a nice size for a carry everywhere internet device. The fact it makes calls is a real bonus. I will try and pick one up to review.
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hexydes

That makes two of us. Additionally, HDMI out + Android makes me hope this thing gets hacked six ways from Sunday. I want to be able to dock this thing and have the monitor output a full desktop UI.
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richardlai

You must show us a photo when you get that setup done. :)

PS: typing this on my Streak!
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hexydes

^^ jealous :(
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dave

This is definitely an interesting gadget and something I was interested in when it was first announced. But as time goes on, I think this might turn into a case of too little, too late.
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JasonTsay

I think large screen smartphones will definitely have a place in the market. How big is the question. This has a 5 inch screen, the EVO 4G has a 4.3 inch screen as with the HD2. Though this category of device may eventually be replaced by smaller phones with higher resolution screens... (BTW it does make calls)
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brett

Because I carry phones in my pocket, 4.3 inches is about the biggest screen that is still somewhat comfortable. Any bigger and it gets difficult to even put it in a pocket.
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brett

Yeah it makes calls. It's a phone. An oddly large phone, but a phone all the same.
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Tsaxmafia

Uhm, perhaps you need to get your facts straight. Dell has already confirmed that it would get the upgrade to Froyo, and YES it DOES make calls........perhaps you havent even seen a review of this unit? It fits perfectly in a pocket, unless maybe you rock skinny jeans like your one of the New Boyz.........so try again buddy
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JasonTsay

there currently aren't any "Reviews" of this device (the final production version) only some hands on of a prototype found in Shenzen by Engadget. as for the jeans part (LOL) but it really depends on what you wear then no?
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davomrmac

I admit I hadn't read up much on this one. Froyo… great. Makes calls… great. Thanks for those updates. As for pocket fitting goodness, well my jeans would not accommodate this one and I never wear cargo pants. Makes me think who will buy it?
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richardlai

Don't need cargo pants, really -- my regular-fit UNIQLO jeans can easily fit my Streak. :)
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ArmpitOfDeath

Someone who doesn't wear hipster trousers, someone who objects to phones ruining the lines of their suit jacket pockets (assuming a wallet is already there) and someone who travels with a bag to put stuff like this in.

Someone like me at least, in other words.
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