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Same Roots for Aero and Streak, But Different Ends

Written on August 25, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Like parents that boo-booed the perfect first baby, Dell came up with a second--the Dell Aero. But winging into the market as the PC company's first smartphone, it is presented not as a sibling but a first cousin to the shortfall hybrid Dell Streak.

Definitely without the tablet trappings, the Aero edges itself into a market undergoing an overly-induced growth spurt that makes it harder to compete. The question for any new smartphone at the entrance: Where does the difference lie?

Dell’s Android device starts with the right price: a unit costing $99 for a 2-year contract with AT&T. It sells $299 on the Dell website, the only current store location for Aeros. Not only does it cost less, it weighs less than most rivals.

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Dell Streak Seeks to Rival the iPad on Cost

Written on August 11, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Dell walks into the thriving tablet market with a 5-inch machine and a lower price to boot. Dell Streak launches on August 12 starting with $299.99 with a two-year AT&T contract, and with $549.99 for an open-line version.

Dell’s handy device is seeking to rival the Apple iPad on cost and usability. Its locked version’s value comes 40% less than the first baby of the tablet market, and its unlocked version amounts up to only half the price of an iPad 3G. Notwithstanding the gadget’s voice calling capability, it can also pair up with its Adroid smartphone cousins, the Droid X, HTC Evo, and the Samsung Galaxy S, as well as with the iPhone 4.

The Streak also ramps in with the Android OS, dual camera, WiFi and 3G features, and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (which also powers Nexus One). It is definitely more powerful than most smartphones, but it does not come as close to the iPad’s size–which is quite a brain teaser. Would you want to buy something that is an in-between prototype so you could enjoy both worlds apiece? Think about that while you watch this video:

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