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The Streak 7: Wow, Dell. You’re making it way too easy for Apple

Dell says its target audience will use the Streak 7 plugged into wall outlets and TVs through an extra-cost dock, but I wouldn’t buy a tablet with battery life this poor.

The key part of that quote is “Dell says.” Meaning the company who makes this turd actually considered the battery life problem and decided that users wouldn’t mind PLUGGING IN THEIR TABLET COMPUTER most of the time. You have to be remarkably disorganized as a company to let your engineers run over you like this on any product.

Dell bets on an “everything” strategy

Amit Midha of Dell also indicated that his company plans to launch “a whole slew” of new products in the next 6-12 months, including a 10-inch tablet closer in size to Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. Midha said his company will offer products in multiple sizes, including three and four inches, and some of them will run Microsoft Windows instead of Android.

He also revealed that Dell will provide tablets running Google’s lightweight Chrome OS operating system, designed for low-cost netbooks and lightweight portable devices. Google’s browser-based operating system is set to launch this fall.

So the Dell strategy boils down to “release one of everything and see which one does well.” That’s how you lead the industry, let me tell you.

No unification on platform; no unification on form factor. Just a “slew” of products that have little to nothing in common. What could possibly be wrong with that plan?

Dell Streak Pricing

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So this oversized phone is more expensive than any other Android phone on the market, and yet it’s running an old version (1.6) of the OS?

Alternately, you can think of it as a “small tablet”, in which case it’s more expensive than the cheapest iPad (unless you want to be roped into a two-year contract), with a much smaller screen and not nearly as much choice in high-quality applications. 

Oh, and the 3G provider is AT&T.

Exactly who is going to buy this thing? What phone user wouldn’t rather have a Droid X on Verizon, and what tablet user wouldn’t rather have an iPad? Or better yet, a much cheaper iPod Touch? 

Apple is going to have a very good holiday quarter this year. They literally have no competition for the iPad, despite all those devices that were demoed at CES BEFORE the iPad was even announced. They sent every other tech company back to the drawing board, and none of them has come up with anything yet.

It astounds me that Dell doesn’t realize that the current iPhone and iPad form factors were carefully chosen for a reason. Something in between like the Streak is good for neither tablet computing nor phone use.