iPad Competitor “Streak” Readies for Launch

The Wall Street Journal is calling it the first real competitor the iPad has seen. And although the Dell “Streak” was announced months ago, it will officially arrive this Friday. The 5-inch tablet will cost $299 with a two-year AT&T contract and $549 without it. Even though the new offering from Dell isn’t expected to …   Read More

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The Wall Street Journal is calling it the first real competitor the iPad has seen.

And although the Dell “Streak” was announced months ago, it will officially arrive this Friday.

The 5-inch tablet will cost $299 with a two-year AT&T contract and $549 without it.

Even though the new offering from Dell isn’t expected to be a game-changer, it will shift the sales dynamics in the tablet marketplace, according to many analysts who have weighed in on the Dell device.

From Apple Insider:

Garnering significant hype at CES in January, the Streak was officially announced by Dell in May. At the time, Lionel Menchaca, chief blogger for Dell, noted that in his 16 years at the Round rock., Tex., company, this was the most buzz around a single Dell product that he had seen.

Those familiar with the products attributes say that the product’s resemblance to a smartphone will be its greatest sales component initially.

With only a five-inch touchscreen, the Streak can make phone calls, delivers built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5-megapixel camera, turn-by-turn navigation from Google, and 3G connectivity for for e-mail, texting, instant messages, and voice calls.

The Streak, which runs Android 1.6, will be available for preorder beginning tomorrow, August 12th.

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