Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL)'s tablet rival to the iPad has arrived on the scene and may be out in the UK before the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) offering, we find in this week's gadget gazette.
Dell says it will launch the device in "early June" with UK carrier Telefónica UK Ltd. The Android-based device has a five-inch screen, supports 3G and WiFi, and can run up to 32GB of storage. The form factor, which splits the difference between a large smartphone and the iPad, has The Guardian and others arguing that it is not a tablet at all.
Judge for yourself with this video from Dell detailing the gadget:
Nonetheless, the Streak might be easier to get hold of for UK customers than the iPad. The Apple device was originally supposed to arrive this Friday in the UK, but it appears it may be delayed again. Apple has updated their UK, Canadian, and other online stores to say that delivery of new iPad models will now simply take place in "June," rather than the June 7 date that was previously posted, SlashGear notes.
Android still has ways to go to be the biggest mobile operating system on the block, as a new market report for April from Google-owned AdMob Inc. shows. Worldwide, the mobile ad firm found 11.6 million Android devices, 27.4 million iPhones, and 40.8 million total devices running the iPhone OS on its network last month, CNET says.
Android may not be the biggest smartphone OS in mobile yet, but the popularity of the system has helped to push up Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)'s mobile music share, which is offered via the Android market. Fortunereports that Apple's iTunes is at 69.9 percent of the online music sales market, while Amazon has grabbed 11.6 percent share for the first quarter of year, far ahead of the rest of the MP3 pack.
Oh yeah, if you're going to head to the brand new Yankee Stadium in NYC, don't bother bringing your iPad as, The Sporting Blog points out, it is classed as a laptop, not a phone, and is therefore banned under stadium security rules.
I saw Dell's Streak today at the Open Mobile Summit, thanks to Ben Wood from CCS Insight. It's cool, and has a lovely streamlined design. But the size does seem odd, for sure -- too small for a tablet, too big for a smartphone.
So, is it the happy medium that consumers will like? Or will it not appeal because it doesn't look like one or the other?