Posts Tagged ‘Dell’

Where is the Streak?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Dell’s Streak was supposed to be available by the end of July. Just before the month ended, the pre-sale info page changed the wording to indicate it is coming soon. It’s August 5, and yet there is no Streak. There has been little talk about the missed launch date, which intrigues me.

When a phone misses its launch, there are usually plenty of bloggers around to rub it in, cause a commotion, or in some other way make it very clear to the world that the date was missed. Sony Ericsson has certainly caught a lot of grief over the Xperia X10, so I wonder how Dell managed to come out clean. There have been a few posts about the Streak getting an upgrade, but nobody seems interested in calling Dell out on this one. No mention of the missed launch has been attached to the posts I read about the update. Is it just that nobody really cared about the Streak? Are people unsure of Dell’s place in the mobile phone market? Now that I am thinking about it I haven’t heard a lot about the Aero either. Maybe people just expect the product to just disappear.

The Streak looks like an interesting device. There are plenty of people who want one. It was supposed to be ready by the end of July and it isn’t. I understand that products don’t always launch on time, or when the customers want them. This post is more about the silence about the issue than the issue itself. I am simply curious as to whether it was apathy or courtesy that allowed Dell to come out relatively unscathed.

Dell Streak and Aero Coming to AT&T Soon

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Dell is releasing the Streak to the US market this week. Dell’s site still simply says late July, and with this being the last week in July you can bet it is coming this week. Dell released some information and then pulled it back, so we’ll have to wait and see if these numbers hold.

The Dell Streak is scheduled to become available on AT&T for $300 with 2-year contract or $550 without. This will immediately become AT&T’s premier Android device. Dell took the time to answer some questions about the Streak. Here is some of the latest info:

  • Streak is not compatible with T-Mobile
  • Carbon black is the only color coming this week. Cherry red is coming soon.
  • Streak will launch with Android 1.6, with Froyo coming this year

Those who opted into the pre-sale will have a 24-hour head start on purchasing the Streak, and can pick up a Bluetooth headset for 99 cents.

The Aero also got some play in the press today. It is scheduled to hit AT&T for $99 with 2-year contract. It should be available by August 9. Considering the fact that AT&T announced the Aero before the Aria and the Captivate, it’s about time the Aero showed up. The Aero looks pretty good, but it is aimed at the lower end of the spectrum, right there with the Motorola Backflip.

So, while AT&T missed its 5 Android devices in the first half of 2010 goal, we are finally seeing the Android numbers grow. By the time the Aero launches, we can expect to see the Motorola Backflip, HTC Aria, Samsung Captivate, Dell Streak, and Dell Aero. That’s 5 Android devices. With any luck Sony Ericsson will launch its Android line on AT&T soon after with the Xperia X10, Xperia X10 mini, and Xperia X10 mini pro. One can only hope. Things are finally looking up for Android fans who are on AT&T’s network.

Dell Streak Coming This July

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Dell’s Ron Garriques spoke at the D8: All Things Digital conference today and had some good news for US consumers – the Streak is coming at the end of July. It looks like for the U.S. version it will be available unlocked on Dell’s website for about $500, while our European friends get it subsidized for free with a two year contract. Acccording to Garriques, the Streak will launch in Europe next week.

The Streak comes loaded with features. Here are the specs:

  • 5″ multi-touch WVGA screen
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/3G connectivity
  • Snapdragon 1GHz processor
  • Integrated Google Maps navigation
  • 5MP camera, and additional front-facing camera for app interaction
  • UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio
  • Micro SD expandable memory up to 32 GB
  • 2GB internal storage for Android downloads etc. (This feature was starred but there was no supporting footnote)
  • Flash 10.1 available on a future update with Android 2.2
  • HDMI output with dock (included in box)

Check out Dell’s promotional video below.

Garriques didn’t specify what size SD card would ship with the Streak, claiming it was to be determined. He also said it wasn’t determined yet whether the Streak will come with a video chatting app. While it has already been made fun of by bloggers for its brick-ish size, Dell intentionally designed it to fit in a front shirt pocket. That made a little more sense. It is being marketed as something between a phone and a tablet, and Dell is proud of the size.

I would hesitate to buy this at $500, since some really good laptops go for that price lately. However, Garriques seemed to imply that a U.S. carrier might pick it up and subsidize it. I can see this device being a good deal if AT&T or some other carrier picked it up this summer. It will be interesting seeing how Dell does this summer, as its Android lineup is looking pretty good.