Yes! I’m alive! I survived my exam and caught up on everything at work, so here I am again blogging. And boy do I have something to blog about. I was reading Talkandroid.com this morning (while drinking my coffee of course) and came across this little gem:
Allow me to be the first to introduce you to the Dell Streak. This little gem is an Android-powered device that Dell is producing, and I’m going to tell you all of what you need to know about it, and why this phone is going to be superb. More after the jump.
So, let me get the very basics out of the way by defining exactly what the Dell Streak is.
According to the promotion and presale page on Dell’s website the Dell Streak is “The perfectly-sized, go-anywhere entertainment, social connection and navigation device.” This device is Android-powered and is touting the lightening fast Quailcomm Snapdragon Processor, which is the most widespread high-speed mobile CPU for Androids on the market. Additionally, Dell’s new toy is sporting two cameras (a 5 Megapixel camera on the back of the phone and a VGA camera on the front – presumably for video chatting). Additionally, they have also decided to follow suit from Apple and use glass on this thing. I think I’ve made it clear before that I’m skeptical of that design choice.
Now, while I have been hesitent to call it a phone (because that’s not really how it is marketed right now), Dell does list the device as having the capability to operate as a Quad-Band GSM phone. This means that it will work as a phone in the states on AT&T or T-Mobile and in most other countries. But here’s the kicker: it looks like if you want the ability to use a 3G data connection (instead of EDGE which is like pulling teeth to load an email) then it looks at though you might have to be using AT&T’s network in the US. While there is no official mention of AT&T, Dell does list what radio frequencies the device is built to use for 3G… and they are AT&T’s frequencies.
Obviously, Dell is taking some cues from Apple. And to be honest, this looks like it might be trying to be a compromise between the utility of an iPad and the size of an iPhone. Either way, with any luck this device will take off and we’ll see a counterpart from Dell geared toward Verizon’s network (because I don’t know if I can put up with AT&T much longer). Overall, it looks like a pretty snazzy device, but here’s the ultimate question: What is it going to cost?
Dell has not posted a price on their website yet, and my Google searching hasn’t turned up much, but I’ll take this as an opportunity for discussion. What do you think it’s going to cost? Keep in mind that the Nexus One, which was sold in a similar fashion and had a smaller screen cost $529 retail. My personal estimate is that it’s going to cost about $700, but that’s just me.