On Friday, Dell will release the Streak, a smartphone/tablet hybrid apparently aimed at folks who think that even the gigantic screen on the Droid X is too small. So how big, exactly, is the Dell Streak? Big. The device ships with a 5-inch touchscreen, which Dell says "is ideal for experiencing thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications, all without squinting or compromising portability."
And to be fair to Dell, the Streak, priced at $299.99 with a two-year AT&T contract, is a full-featured machine. The Dell Streak gets a 5-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash in back, a front-facing camera for video chat, the powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of internal storage, Bluetooth capability and Wi-Fi connectivity. According to Dell, the Streak will ship with the Android 1.6 OS.
But not everyone is convinced that the Dell Streak is going to be a smash success. Over a PC World, Barbara E. Hernandez runs down "five reasons you don't need the Dell Streak." Her list includes the AT&T service, which is pretty notoriously spotty, the "dork factor" – the Streak is far too big to be cool, Hernandez says – and the relatively antiquated Android 1.6 operating system.
But the biggest problem, Hernandez maintains, is that the Streak is essentially a "tweener" device, somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet. "The Streak is only 0.7 inches larger than a Droid 2 or HTC Evo screen," she writes. "Part of the design benefits of the Streak is that users can put it in their pockets, but it must be a pretty roomy pocket. Using an iPad would be less costly and give you almost twice the viewscreen – 5 inches versus 9.7 inches."
Is she right? Read our article about convergence between smartphones and computers, and then drop us a line in the comments section.