TIN BOX MAKER Dell is about to score an own goal in its match with Apple by shipping a product that Jobs Mob can wipe the floor with.
The Dell Streak should be knocking the spots off the Ipod touch and possibly taking a chunk out of sales of Apple's Ipad.
However Dell's pricing for the Streak, which has been leaked by Daring Fireball, shows that the company seems to have a bad case of the Jobs' Mob and plans on overcharging for the product.
It looks like the Streak will be hitting the street for $300 with a two-year AT&T contract, $550 without. This is twice the price of an Ipod Touch, which is about to get a Retina Display and dual cameras.
If you think that the Streak is a tablet, it means that it will cost $50 more than an Ipad with a 9.7-inch display. To make matters worse it looks like the Streak will ship with a year old version of the Android OS.
One has to question what Michael Dell was smoking when he thought he could compete with Jobs' Mob with an overpriced gadget that does less.
The Ipad and Ipod touch are not game changing technology and both are overpriced for what you get. However we are starting to wonder what is going on in the technology industry when outfits like Dell cannot get products to market that can wipe the floor with Apple.
Microsoft had a really nice looking tablet, which it mysteriously pulled, HP has been mucking around with one and not got one out. Even the cheap and cheerful Asian manufactures seem reluctant to give Jobs anything that looks like competition.
We don't know what the world is coming to. µ
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