The tablet wars are taking on a preteen feel.
Earlier today, Dell
"I've been at Dell for 16 years, and I don't think there's ever been more buzz around a single Dell product than this. In my view, that's for good reason," Menchaca gushed. "Hardware and design-wise, this thing impresses. Add the ever-increasing capability that Android brings to the equation, and you've got a mobile device that offers a ton of flexibility while looking cool in the process."
Cue the Degrassi theme. Dell, the envious outsider, gets help from distantly cool rebel -- Google
To its credit, Dell isn't just trying to mimic the iPad. The Streak's feature list includes items noticeably absent from Apple's offering, such as an autofocus camera and Google Voice. Dell has also included a Micro SD slot to make the Streak expandable. And by leveraging Android, Streak users will get access to roughly 38,000 apps immediately.
Dell's also using the Streak to go after Garmin
In short: There's enough geeky goodness here to justify Menchaca's raving.
Dell also deserves credit for being out in front of Hewlett-Packard
But I expect that to be the minority. For as much joy as Dell should get from streaking with Google, it's still Apple and its iPad that are dating the market's cash-rich cool kids. All 1 million of them.
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