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03-11-2010, 12:18 AM #1
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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03-11-2010, 12:54 AM #2
Options options options! I Really don't see apple being topped on the ipad immediately. But once someone releases a tablet powerful enough to run windows 7 seamlessly then there might just be some competition.
As for this device, I can see that so called "free" 3G access to the media store(s) being hacked for "free" 3G access to the entire WEB. Kindle a flame for a new homebrew scene?
Last edited by scatman10; 03-11-2010 at 01:00 AM.
03-11-2010, 01:21 AM #3
Well if all it does is offer music, books, and videos then iPad already has this neat for the fact that it does more. But it's still early. Although a nice alternative to Kindle I'm sure we will see some nicer tablets near the end of this year. Hopefully we'll have a tablet that runs Win7 or OSX
03-11-2010, 02:24 AM #4
I think it's funny that it's taking Google, Amazon, and Dell to put out something that's "competition" for iTunes. It's definitely not a bad thing, I just find it funny. I'm betting the iPad will still be ahead of The Streak in more than just screen size.
03-11-2010, 04:27 AM #5
not interested. i want the next iPhone
03-11-2010, 06:08 AM #6
In my opinion Apple will continue to dominate because this is the company with the innovations and everyone else is always trying to catch up. When the iphone came out everyone tried to come up with an iphone killer. Recently it was Apple that came out with the "tablet computer" and now everyone is trying to catch up.
As someone else said before, it is quite interesting to see that it takes more than 2 technology giants to try to put a dent to Apple's competitive edge/advantage.
03-11-2010, 07:32 AM #7
I'll get the iPad. It really would work well for me and beat out any other electronic device for me, including laptops. Plus, as a developer, I can take the purchase as a tax deduction as well. Double score!
03-11-2010, 08:17 AM #8
when all you can do is try to keep up with the Jones', you will always look like an also-ran follower. these companies have all failed to come up with things that can stand on their own, with their own unique, must-have features. how so many brilliant minds at these companies can be so...uncreative baffles me sometimes.
don't they realize these kind of products only serve to make the iPad look BETTER, as the iPad does all of these things BETTER than these devices do?
03-11-2010, 10:07 AM #9
Exactly! It is Dell Mini 5 - It needs data connection and available only for AT&T. Fabricating information? No good guys!Search Google for "Custom Firmware 3.1.2" if you don't have a Mac and are using Windows!
03-11-2010, 10:55 AM #10
where does it say its for att? get facts please
03-11-2010, 12:48 PM #11
You know what I find odd? Apple releases a touch screen phone. Next thing you know, everyone and their mother is releasing touch screen phones. Now, Apple is releasing the iPad and guess what? Everyone and their mother is releasing a tablet of some kind.
I know, Apple wasnt the first to come out with a touch screen phone or a tablet device but they sure do have a knack for leading the way for everyone else. Its kind of like being the first on the dance floor and then everyone following you. I guess others wait to see if you will be laughed at or you are really good.
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03-13-2010, 03:48 PM #15
hrmm 5inch screen. might as well be a phonekillall Terminal