Dell's now-defunct 5-inch Streak tablet never had a chance

Dell's now-defunct 5-inch Streak tablet never had a chance

Summary: After only a little more than a year, the 5-inch Android-based Dell Streak tablet is no more.

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Without any pomp, circumstance or real announcement, Dell has bid adieu to its 5-inch Streak tablet.

Instead, there is simply a farewell banner on the product page where the Android tablet once sold with the message, "It's been a great ride."

But has it really? Originally known as the Mini, the 5-inch Streak was Dell's first real foray into the consumer tablet market as we know it today. It first popped up in early 2010, and StreakSmart reports that the device has been out of stock for some time now. That is not likely due to high customer demand.

With a 5-inch display, the Dell Streak fell into an awkward zone between a smartphone and a tablet. It was far too big to be a smartphone as it couldn't really fit in pants pockets. The display was just half an inch larger than AT&T's Samsung Infuse 4G, which boasts a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. I found the Infuse to already be the breaking point of how large a smartphone could get.

Inversely, the 7-inch mark is probably the lowest that a tablet manufacturer can produce at this point and expect to sell units to end users. That hovers around the perfect size for a consumer who wants to use their tablets for reading books, some basic browsing and occasional video streaming/playback. It's also the most portable option for tablets as it can fit in just about any bag, purse or knapsack that one might use on a regular basis. It's still a bit too small for active productivity and longer video playback times, but it's still suitable.

Thus, although it might have been worth a shot and taught the industry a lesson about tablets and their appropriate sizes, the 5-inch Streak never had a chance to make it big.

For those who are just desperate to get their hands on a Dell Streak tablet at all, you can still get the more reasonably sized 7-inch, 4G-enabled Streak. A Honeycomb-based 10-inch edition was hinted at during CES 2011 earlier this year, and the professional version of that variant already sprouted in China in July.

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  • Continuos refinement; Add it to Administrative/R&D Expense Group

    It all adds to the learning experience and follow-on products get better and better.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate!
  • RE: Dell's now-defunct 5-inch Streak tablet never had a chance

    I have often wondered if Dell intentionally chose a niche sort of product for their first foray into the smartphone world.

    Getting all the vendor relationships, design, volume, etc in a completely new market can be tricky.

    Choosing a small niche that no one else is playing in would be perfect because it allows for a lot of kinks to get worked out before trying for real volume.

    Meanwhile the unique size gains it disproportionate notice relative to it's sales. This helps pave the way in people's minds of Dell as a smartphone vendor before more mainstream products hit.
    SlithyTove
  • Joined at the hip with Microsoft

    Its back to as we know it, Dell are pretty much married to Microsoft for life.
    albionstreet
    • Dell has had plenty of affairs with Linux

      @albionstreet
      Unfortunately, Linux always ends up being a crazy bunny boiler and costing Dell a ton of money with absolutely no sales to show for it.

      Can you blame Dell for always going back to the only woman that makes him happy? Would you expect him to behave any differently?
      toddybottom
  • RE: Dell's now-defunct 5-inch Streak tablet never had a chance

    Another Apple victim. There will be many.
    pjtmgt
  • Errr....

    Who would even want a 5" screen. Let alone a 7" screen that some Chromebooks have. The 7" netbooks died fast. The difference? Nothing.
    Gisabun
  • RE: Dell's now-defunct 5-inch Streak tablet never had a chance

    Only in the US it was taken off market. In Europe and Asia it is still strong and live. In 11 countries to be be exact (Japan, UK, India to name a few). Complete list I gathered by checking every single Dell website:

    http://www.unlockstreak.com/blogs/news/3795932-dell-streak-is-not-dead
    phonefanatic
  • RE: Dell's now-defunct 5-inch Streak tablet never had a chance

    There?s nothing awkward about the Streak-5, and it is hands-down the best phone I?ve ever had. It fits in all my pockets, and that?s even with the OtterBox Defender wrapped around it. It?s perfect for reading books ? especially in bed, where it?s light and compact enough hold up while lying down. There are more apps for it than I would ever have time to check out, and I certainly have all the productivity functionality that I need. It?s helping reduce paper use at work, because it?s big enough to make reading reference documents easy. Its excellent call quality has allowed me to avoid spending a considerable sum for a non-voice capable tablet to accompany a small-screen phone, and my wife was only waiting for her iPhone contract to expire before getting a Streak-5 for herself. So much for your tech-bigoted ?awkward? assessment . . .

    As mentioned in another post here, the Streak-5 continues to be available in rather significant other markets that were unaffected by Dell?s marketing missteps during the North American launch of this innovatively sized all-round convergent communications device. Those of us who understood the manifold benefits of this functionality/form-factor combination are anticipating that this EOL announcement is primarily about putting some distance between the debacle of the product launch and the release of a second-generation 5-inch device ? the likelihood of which is significant, judging by the trend towards larger screen sizes (the latest rumours suggest Samsung launching a device with a 5.29-inch screen).

    So, the evidence suggests that you continue to be out of step with where the market is going.
    J.M.S
  • RE: Dell's now-defunct 5-inch Streak tablet never had a chance

    I HAVE A DELL STREAK 5" AND LOVE IT, EVERYONE ASKS ME WHAT IT IS AND WHERE TO GET IT, I LOVE THE SIZE AND ALL THAT IT DOES HOWEVER I DO HAVE A MAJOR COMPLAINT... IT WILL NOT CHARGE BY THE CHARGER CORD, I HAD TO BUY A BATTERY CHARGER AND IT IS A REAL PAIN IN THE BUTT HAVING TO ALWAYS TURN IT OFF AND TAKE THE BATTERY OUT... DELLS CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS, YOU CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING, THEY SAY THEIR SYSTEM IS DOWN ALL OF THE TIME... THIS IS MY "4TH" REPLACEMENT AND NONE OF THEM CHARGED, AS MUCH AS I LOVE THE PHONE ITSELF I WILL "NEVER" BUY ANOTHER DELL AGAIN BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE AND THE POOR SERVICE!!!
    REESIE