Dell Strikes Streak 5
Turns out the disappearance of Dell’s Streak 5 tablet from retail store shelves wasn’t the harbinger of an update, but of the device’s demise.
Too large to carry comfortably as a phone and too small to truly leverage the tablet form factor, the Streak — which was demoed onstage at D8 — struck a number of odd compromises in an effort to establish a market for a tweener device.
But ultimately it failed to do so, undermined by its design (our own Walt Mossberg likened using the Streak as a phone to holding a waffle to his head); the outdated version of Android it launched with; and an ill-conceived pricing scheme ($300 with a two-year carrier contract; $550 without — $50 more than a 16 gigabyte iPad).
Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said tweener devices were “too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad.” In the case of the Streak 5, he was right.
Below, video of Dell’s Streak 5 demo at D8: