Dell announced it will ship its 5-inch Streak tablet this Friday for $300 with a two-year AT&T contract. The 5-inch Streak tablet fits in a somewhat untested product category between a smartphone and tablet.
Its arrival comes after delays that had infuriated potential customers. But even if early adopters forgive Dell for a release snafu, its price seems high to some.
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Some have also expressed worries about Streak functioning poorly over only AT&T's network in the U.S., following concerns about iPhone service.
The Streak already sells in Britain, and Dell has ruled out using T-Mobile, the other major U.S. GSM carrier, to the dismay of some customers.
Potential customers are also concerned Streak will ship with Android 1.6, with an over-the-air upgrade to 2.2 later in the year, even though 2.2 is already available on smartphones like the original Droid and this week with the new Droid 2.
Dell mentioned the upgrade for the Streak in a blog Monday, along with purchase details for customers who registered for a pre-sale.
Pre-sale customers will have the ability to first order a Streak on Thursday, August 12, and online sales will be available to the general public on Friday.
The release at one point was going to be before the end of July, upsetting some customers.
One potential buyer addressed the delays, the price and the choice of AT&T over T-Mobile in one succinct comment on the Dell Commmunity page yesterday.
"JsARCLIGHT" wrote after the announcement: "Count me in the camp who scratched the Streak off my buy list a while back. I kept coming here hoping the price would be lower, the Android version would be higher and the T-Mobile option would be reopened. None of those things happened."
Several analysts said many buyers will forgive the delays and shipment confusion, but the price, form factor (caught between a smartphone and tablet) and the Android version gave them some cause for concern.