With the success of the iPad (2 million sold since its April release) there has definitely been a floodgate opened in the new ‘Tablet’ product category.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so while we will have to wait and see if manufacturers will copy some aspects of the iPad, manufactures would be lying if they said they aren’t dying to imitate the sales numbers the iPad put down. As a result, companies are hard at work developing their own Tablet iterations.
The first up is Dell, with plans to release the Dell Streak in the U.S. sometime in July (no hard date has been released). Even though both the iPad and the Streak are both “mobile devices”, that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. Furthermore, it looks as if most of the gripes folks have about the iPad have been exploited by the Streak for all to see. Here are some of the jabs to the iPad I’ve heard and how the Streak plans to capitalize:
iHater Concerned consumer: “The iPad 9 inch display is too big to be a mobile device”
Streak: 5 inch display
Consumer: “iPad is just another closed-platform device that will give developers yet another hurdle to climb to get their apps to the consumers.”
Streak: Open-platform Android OS
Consumer: “iPad has No camera? That’s just stupid”
Streak: 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash AND front-facing VGA camera for video chat
Consumer: “You mean to tell me the iPad is a mobile device, but I can’t make calls?”
Streak: GSM radio for 3G calls. (U.S. carrier(s) have not been announced yet)
Consumer: “What if I want to expand the memory, or get a bigger battery? Yeah, that’s right; I can’t do it with the iPad”
Streak: 2GB of internal storage with user-accessible Micro SD slot expandable to up to 32GB – The battery is accessible as well.
…and the big one:
Consumer: “No Flash? Good luck with that Apple!”
Streak: Android “Froyo” 2.2 OS will be available to the Streak later this year, packed with 10.1
No word yet on the price point for the Streak, but I am almost sure it will come in under the iPad base price…which will fare well with the “you want me spend 400 bucks for the iPad that can only browse the web, and play music, photos, and videos?” crowd.
So based on the concerns from consumers (I embellished a little), and the open ear from the folks at Dell, it looks as if the Streak might just be a serious iPad contender when it reaches U.S. shelves. But there are tons of die-hard techie fans as well as average consumers who love the experience they get when they deal with Apple (Not so much AT&T), and regardless of what the iPad is “lacking”, are pleased with Apple and see no need to jump ship.
What do you think? Does the Dell Streak have enough ‘pros’ to the iPad’s ‘cons’ to be as successful as the iPad? Or does the Apple name carry enough weight to keep the iPad on the top of the Tablet game?Category: Mobile | Tags: apple, Dell Streak, Flash Player 10.1, iPad, tablet