When I first saw the Dell Streak ‘tablet’ the first thing which struck me was how small the screen was going to look compared to the iPad which, like it or not, is what most buyers are going to compare it with.
At 5″ the screen is the same size as my old Ameo which was usable but not exactly desirable for long periods of time.
Still Android is pretty popular so I figured the Streak would have a potentially large customer base, that is until I saw it was only running Android 1.6 meaning newer apps may not work on it and it doesn’t have Flash – one feature which could potentially see it draw custom away from the iPad.
The latest version of Android is apparently promised for later this year but after my experience with the HTC Hero I wouldn’t be prepared to buy any Android device on the mere promise of an OS upgrade.
When the wider public are confronted with a choice between the iPad with built-in iTunes support, ability (over WiFi) to access the BBC iPlayer and an ever-growing catalogue of big name games, and a device offering a smaller screen, less big name content and a seriously out of date operating system I just can’t see them opting for the Streak.
On the other hand, the Streak does have memory card support, a camera and the ability to make calls. Problem is, as I know from using the Ameo, larger, 5″ devices do NOT make good phones and you look a complete pillock walking down the street using them as one.
It’d be great to see the multi-device tablet market finally take off but I don’t think the Streak is the device to make it happen.