Google, Amazon, and Dell Ready The Streak Tablet
Amazon, Dell, and Google are taking aim at iTunes in a joint venture that - all kidding aside - could seriously challenge iTune's digital preeminence like no competitor has until now. The hullabaloo started when pictures surfaced on the Internet of what appeared to be a Dell presentation revealing the Google Android-powered Dell Streak tablet. But here's the kicker. This handy-dandy device will come with access to hundreds of thousands of e-books from Kindle, more than ten million songs from Amazon, and a rental or purchase platform for tens of thousands of films and television shows.
All told, this bountiful offering of digital content closely resembles the business model employed so beautifully by Apple - you know, dangling the software in order to sell the hardware. In this case, however, the substantial wealth of content served up by this troika of powerhouse brands could seriously jolt many complacent Apple customers into trying something new.
What could also help convince some Apple lovers to jump ship from an iPad to the Streak is that the Dell device will have wireless 3G access to the Kindle Store - a perk that comes with no hidden fees, contracts, monthly plans, or - obviously- the need to find a convenient Wi-Fi location. Of course, some have said the biggest drawback to the Dell Streak is its rumored five-inch screen. For a lot of folks, that screen is just too dinky to comfortably manage.
Then again, if you're not sold on the iPad or the Streak, there's really no rush to jump on any one tablet in particular at this stage of game. After all, ARM Holdings, a prominent semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier, speculates that as many as fifty new iPad-like tablet devices could be unveiled before the end of this year. Indeed, the tablet menu for consumers will be full of more initial selections than we could have possibly imagined only a short while ago.
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