Another blow to Apple's competitors as Dell kill off the Streak
The Dell Streak. We could never quite get our heads around it, and neither it seems could consumers. When it launched in June 2010, we wondered just how many people would want a 5" tablet that wasn't tablet sized and wasn't much bigger than a smartphone. Too big for a pocket, too small to offer many more benefits than a regular-sized handset, the Streak simply didn't fit anyone's need. So there was all of that - plus the fact it was priced the same as an iPad, which made no sense to mainstream buyers.
And so barely a year later, Dell has killed the Streak off. The Dell website says the Streak is no longer available and a giant banner bids the device a fond farewell. It's not just Streak that dies though - it's the ambition of Apple's competitors. Presumably Dell believed they could define and carve out a market for their device where none previously existed, just as Apple had with the iPad. It didn't happen, meaning Dell and other manufacturers will be nervous about trying again. Apple created the market and fulfilled it; their competitors have had little choice but to continue to follow their lead, but as this week has proved that isn't necessarily a risk-free option either.