It’s a phone. No, it’s a tablet. No, it’s the Dell Streak. I’ve had one in my hands for a week, and I’m impressed with the form factor. I never realized how much I wanted a slightly-larger display on my smartphone, but now that it’s here there is no way I can go back to a tiny screen.
Below, I answer a few questions I’ve been asked about the Streak recently (or questions I’d like answered if I hadn’t been testing one).
Does it fit in my pocket?
Yes, comfortably. But that really doesn’t matter because it is never in my pocket.
Who needs a new data device?
You do. Is there a reason you can’t get your corporate email on your phone now? Maybe you can, but can you also stream video of product demonstrations to your customers? Can you access your company’s internal sales and data tools when you need them?
One device can’t be great at everything.
Like my manager says (he’s Canadian), “Bob’s your uncle.” If you are like me, you spend most of your time each weekday focused on one thing: work. And this is where a device that is only a phone first fails – I do occasionally need access to my phone, but mostly I need to get things done. Not just read, but interact, organize, browse sophisticated web apps like SFDC. These are things that a Blackberry or iPhone just can’t do.
So how will Dell make this device so much more effective?
We’ve provided the platform, and now our customers are helping us do the rest. There is a lot of internal buzz about creative customer use of the Streak and I look forward to sharing these with you as our customers deploy them. Stepping back, Dell now has a complete range of hardware, software, hosting and consulting services to help customers deploy our products any way they want.
Over the coming months, I’ll post updates on some of the more creative uses our OEM customers have come up with for the Streak.
Now ask yourself – will one of these uses be yours? Or your competitor’s?
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So what the heck is up with all of this random fake information that's being tossed around YOUR site?
Available for Sale: check or NOT check, July or August, wait, who knows for sure? Certainly not Dell :(
Thank you for your post. However, being one who wants this device for business, these are not the answers I want to know at this time. These answers were already known long before you posted them or assumed since this device will be getting Froyo. What myself as a business user wants to know is when (is the device being release), what (carriers I can use the device on and what operating system will be available - 2.1 or 2.2 at the very least), and cost (is this phone going to be financially worthwhile purchasing?). I have already posted what I like about this device and what makes it attractive in earlier comments. The Streak is unique, but when it comes down to it, your competition is the high end of the smartphone segment (primarily the iPhone 4, Droid X, Evo 4G and Samsung Galaxy S). The Streak is not and has never been a tablet. Don't get me wrong - it is about time there is a phone to occupy this niche in the market (5" display). Price the Streak lower than the Captivate and iPhone or even better sell it at a low price unlocked and reap the rewards. Costco sold the Samsung Vibrant at $250 unlocked with T-mobile's Even More Plus plan and were out of stock almost immediately. It resulted in a massive win for Samsung, T-mobile and Costco. Do the same with the Streak and Dell won't be disappointed. Businesses and users will flock to the Streak - the Streak still has some worthy creds even if it has now been surpassed by most of its competitors. Price and operating system are the two things left that Dell has to tweak to turn this marketing disaster around. Apple showed that owning up to its mistakes does solve most of the problems with the crowd this phone is heading to.
Looks like another useless sales pitch for an American Soil Unicorn called the Dell Streak.
Hi Josh -- can you ask your Canadian manager when he's bringing the Streak home (i.e. north of the border)? Conversely, tell me this: if I drive down and buy an unlocked Streak in the US, can you confirm that it will wok on the Rogers GSM network up here?
I'm auite desperate -- My five year old moto batteries are on their last legs, and REALLY don't want to be forced into buying something else . . .
Quote: "There is a lot of internal buzz about creative customer use of the Streak and I look forward to sharing these with you as our customers deploy them."
It might be easier for the US customers to find creative uses, if they could actually purchase a Streak.
The only games it seems to be changing right now would be upping the numbers of iPhone 4s and Samsung Captivates being sold in the US.
Would have thought you had to be in the game to change it, but perhaps Dell is trying to set a new paradigm.
Seriously, is this article really a good idea? "We want to get you excited about the Streak, but we still won't tell you when it's being released or for what price; however, we WILL tell you it's running a two-version old OS!" Introduce me to the business person that's being sold on that, because I have some consulting work to sell them that they desperately need.