The Dell Streak is a combination smart phone / computer tablet. We’ll call it a Smablet. It goes on sale tomorrow (Dell is taking pre-orders as of today) and it’s Dell’s entry into a potentially huge market for devices similar to Apple’s hugely popular iPad.
It’s not just Dell either. HP has been working on a tablet, Blackberry may launch something called the BlackPad this fall. Pretty much any company that makes computers is either making a tablet or thinking about it long and hard. It’s a land rush.
We talk to David Carnoy, executive editor at CNET, who says the Streak is not likely to have the same impact as the iPad but it’s a case of Dell trying to stake out it’s own unique settlement on the tablet frontier.
We also check in with analyst Jim McGregor about why the tablet industry is exploding in terms of innovation and adoption. And we speak with Brian X. Chen of Wired who tells us what the future multi-screen world might look like.
There’s a lot happening in the world. Through it all, Marketplace is here for you.
You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible.
Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.