Analysts Debate Streak Viability with 7-Inch Tablet Coming
However, IDC analyst Susan Kevorkian said the 7-inch Dell tablet won't necessarily render the Streak moot because they have different use cases. Kevorkian views the Streak as a smartphone, while the 7-inch tablet will be counted as a media tablet. For example, the larger display is likely to be optimized for extended video viewing, Web browsing and reading sessions.She added that the Streak's form factor has shortcomings that may lead to its demise, independent of additional Dell tablet introductions, given competition from other smartphones. Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies added that it's not fair to single out the Streak yet as obsolete because of Dell's impending 7-inch and 10-inch tablets. For example, Kay said Dell positions the Streak, which boasts Google Maps Navigation, as a great in-car navigation device. The 5-inch display makes it easier to see the digital map when it's mounted on the car dashboard or window. Kay said the promise of a 7-inch tablet does not mean Dell is abandoning the Streak or the 5-inch form factor in general. Regardless, consumers will let Dell know fairly quickly if a device is hot or cold. Apple can attest to the hot factor, selling more than 3 million iPads in just a couple months. Kay noted that almost any tech product introduced these days goes out of date pretty quickly. Machines will catch on, or they won't. "Tailing-edge stuff that is already pass??« needs to be discounted, moved off shelves and refreshed, and that's what I would expect. Dell has not abandoned the 5-inch space."
"Dell's reputation and distribution channels certainly position it to be a contender in the media tablet market, but in terms of execution the devil will be in the details, few of which have been announced," Kevorkian said.