We had first assumed that the Dell Streak 10 Pro would be launched in June; but that time has come and gone. It seems much harder to pin down a release date for a tablet or smartphone these days (Droid Bionic and Galaxy S II fine examples of this). We now have news that the Streak 10 Pro will skip the US and head to China first. We are not certain why this is, but it will be interesting to see how their market reacts to this mundane tablet.
The new Dell tablet is much cheaper than the iPad 2, but that will not be a fair fight. The American company will have to wait until Samsung release their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in China, then we will see how well the Pro will do. One market that it needs to impress is the corporate market, but convincing enterprise users is a lot harder than consumers.
The reason we called this tablet mundane, is because of its specs, as they are nothing special. What you get is a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, Gorilla Glass, 5-megapixel and a 2-megapixel camera and 16GB Wi-Fi. Now these look pretty much the same as some other tablets on the market, and that’s our point. To stand out you need to have an edge.
Samsung has that edge due to its close relationship with Google, and the iPad has the edge because of iTunes — what does Dell have? As a company they used to have the edge, but times have changed, yet Dell has not. If you were to place the Streak 10 Pro next to an array of other 10-inch tablets, you will be hard pushed to tell the difference. How can you have a device that you are unable to see just what it is?
It’s not all bad though, as Dell has always had great build quality, and you cannot have a fragile tablet, as it would not last five minutes. Dell has supplied a number of widgets for the enterprise users; these will make emailing and adding contacts much easier. There is also a widget for a calendar, perfect for keeping your appointments in order. There are other widgets, but these are more for the consumer, such as social networking and weather. There are limitations though, but this is not the fault of the Dell Streak 10 Pro, this is more to do China and the government itself.