Five-inch Dell Streak may cost $549 without contract

Dell’s five-inch "entertainment, social connection and navigation device" might be more portable than the iPad, but it may not cost a whole lot less—provided you don’t want to get roped into a contract, at least. Engadget found out from a Dell blog post that the Streak will sell for $549 on its own and $299 with a two-year AT&T contract. The Dell blog post has subsequently disappeared, though. Oooh, intrigue.

In case you’ve been impervious to the Apple PR machine, the Wi-Fi-only iPad sells for $499, and the version with 3G connectivity costs $629. AT&T offers $14.99- and $25-a-month 3G data plans for the latter, but there are no contracts involved. Users just pay for the service on a month-to-month basis.

Dell admittedly has the portability advantage with the Streak, and the product page hints that the device lets you make phone calls—a feature missing from the iPad’s repertoire. Call me old-fashioned, but a $300, jumbo-sized smart phone with a social networking veneer seems even less appealing to me than the iPad. What’s the point if you already have a smart phone?

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    • FireGryphon
    • 12 years ago

    The Tablephone is a large table that you sit around ala the Microsoft Surface, and it has native video conferencing built in, so you can communicate with your business partners while manipulating the same ‘desktop’ remotely. Doesn’t that sound awesome? The business world will love this. I copyright it! Now let’s make millions. Anyone wanna invest?

    • yokem55
    • 12 years ago

    Ars had an article a week or so ago monitoring the data usage of VOIP calls. The conclusion, I believe was that with metered/capped data, depending on your non-voice data usage, it might be more cost effective just to use standard voice service for calls.

    • yokem55
    • 12 years ago

    Pray tell, how good is your vision that you see a substantial benefit from hd resolution video on a 5″ 480P display held maybe 18″ away from your face?

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 12 years ago

    What’s the point of a new computer if you already have one from five years ago?

    • albundy
    • 12 years ago

    “Users just pay for the service on a month-to-month basis.”

    you seriously think that? you forgot to mention the 2gb crapcap involved. that should get you through a few HD trailers. thats about it.

    • tay
    • 12 years ago

    Literally HUGE. hahahaha.

    • Farting Bob
    • 12 years ago

    Tablephone sounds like a phone the size of a table, and personally i think the market for table sized phones is a bit to niche. Until apple makes one, then it’ll be huge.

    • FireGryphon
    • 12 years ago

    Why not Smartablet or Tabletphone, or Tablephone (pronounced Tab-le-phone)? The first and third or those are especially catchy.

    You saw it here first, folks. Nobody better steal my copyright!

    • jpostel
    • 12 years ago

    It’s a tablet! It’s a smartphone! It’s a tablartphone!

    I am so copylefting trademarking tablartphone.

    Bob Odenkirk’s turn of phrase is trendsetting: traveshamockery

    §[<http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1754027/miller_2004_president_of_beers_2/<]§

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    using voice minutes instead of data defeats the whole purpose. I want skype, and a skypin number (in canada, yah i know, not going to happen. damn you skype and your laziness), with a data contract only. then i’m happy 😛

    • tay
    • 12 years ago

    Critics have poo-poo’d Streak. I’m waiting for the Dell Stain.

    • FireGryphon
    • 12 years ago

    The lines are blurred again, but this is clearly more of a smartphone than a tablet. The iPad is essentially iPhone hardware, but it’s larger and can’t make phone calls, and that defines the tablet to me. The Streak is not only smartphone-sized, but also makes phone calls. If you put it next to a similar device from HTC or Motorola, what makes the Streak a tablet and not a smartphone?

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    *[<+1 <]*

    • codedivine
    • 12 years ago

    Android doesnt have a full native Skype client yet AFAIK. There is Skype Lite but I believe it uses your voice minutes instead of data to actually make calls.
    Fring used to work for Skype calls on Android, but Skype blocked Fring over some dispute or something. Skype is expected to release a full Android app later this year though.

    (If I am wrong, please correct me.)

    • bowman
    • 12 years ago

    If you already have a smartphone?

    This IS a smartphone. It’s the largest one out there but it’s a smartphone. Unlike the iPad it isn’t meant to complement your phone. I have no idea why Dell keep harping on about calling it a tablet. I guess it’s because tablets are in, or something.

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    maybe you don’t. this thing would be handy for a guy like me, who doesnt have a phone, but would take advantage of the skype ability. Now if we could only get skype in numbers in the great white north…

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