The Size of the Dell Streak

August 11, 2010 at 21:59:02
Specs: Windows 7
Being that it is supposed to be a cross between a tablet and a smartphone, wouldn't it look strange to have this giant half-tablet held up to your head when making or receiving a call? If it's one thing the antennae issues with the iPhone 4 had taught the industry, you'd think it would have been that accessibility and ease-of-use matter.

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#1
August 12, 2010 at 08:25:37
I think you are absolutely right and nailed the point. As you say the Dell Streak size is inconvenient as a Phone. I don't want to make a long argument on ergonomics, but also on personal and social "acceptance", and I know it may sound shallow or a superficial argument, but the point is that is not a trivial thing. And when some product like this is presented to us on a "wrong" shape or "size" it hits on certain notes in our most common and basic senses.

And, my friends, this is a lesson Apple learned a long time ago. Shape matters. Is fundamental, emotional, a force of nature.

Well, that being said, I may be wrong, as I haven't hold or used this device myself. I don't want to prevent anyone from trying this device and I am not saying is not good. Or even that those who try it are wrong. But let me say I am a professional graphic designer and artist, but also as a person and as a user, and I feel the size is inconvenient.


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August 12, 2010 at 08:49:05
Another point on this design "problem" with the Dell Streak.

As the shape becomes a driver for an industrial object is going to be used for human beings on personal and social occasions, at least is expected the shape and size to be neutral or transparent on the user side. So, as soon as some physical aspect or property emerges immediately to our senses you know something must be right or wrong.

But, when these physical aspects emerges and becomes evident? Well, this is a serious design problem or challenge for industrial designers. I am not saying it is easy, but is a crucial aspect any company expecting to sell million devices needs to solve and succeed.

The Apple minimalistic design way has been a great selling point. As good or bad you may think from this company. It doesn't mean there is not other ways either. But different inside an industry should always imply better, acceptable, friendly, etc. Just my opinion, but I studied this and work with this image or shape design problems almost everyday.


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#3
August 12, 2010 at 09:01:03
I think it's a bit funny, in a way. We had those giant brick-sized cell phones back in the late 80's, with yuppies and upwardly mobile stock brokers walking around with their gigantic cumbersome phones. Maybe the Dell Streak is trying to capitalize on Gordon Gecko returning in the upcoming movie Wall Street 2.

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#4
August 12, 2010 at 09:27:42
jpishgar

Funny!, on your last post you took the words right of my brain. That is the image that came to my mind immediately. But at least at those times 2 decades ago that was the best technology could provide. Then th ephones became smaller and smaller until there was no point to produce a ridiculously smaller phone. I remember a joke we constantly made on a group of friends with this "giant" man and its impressive hands trying to press those tiny Motorolla Startac keys.

Well, too big, too small.

Now it looks like the trend is bigger again!!!
Not for me...


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#5
October 3, 2010 at 14:08:44
Hello All,
I and my wife have one and we love them. We thought the size would be s serious issue but it became a non issue quickly. We use either a stereo head set or a very small Jabra Stone. What we are finding is that people really like the extra size for reading Facebook and viewing pictures. It has links to You Tube and a TV site (CBS) built in so it works well to watch news and shows and the video chat function only works well with W-Fi (same as iPhone)-but it does work well.
One thing that surprised us was how well the navigation works. It shows you a street view when you are close to your destination (Google provided of course).
Joe

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