Oh, how complicated the iPad has made naming and branding.
I have already written about how people insist on calling iPad competitors "tablets," but sometimes, a tablet is not a tablet.
Lance Ulanoff at PC Magazine has written a great article about the new Dell Streak. He thinks it has a "nice name," but he queries whether or not or not it deserves to be called a "tablet."
Before I get started, I'd like to say that I think the name is OK but it sounds more like a fraternity initiation prank, than a high-powered computer.
Anyhow, Ulanoff says that this device, which was formerly known as the Dell Mini 5 (bad name), may be larger than your average phone, but it is not large enough to be called a tablet. It only has a 5" screen, as compared to the 7" screen of the HP Slate. Yes, Slate is definitely a tablet.
However, neither is as large as an iPad, which is largely considered the gold-standard of tablets. It has a 9.7" screen.
Ulanoff admits that he is not the "Supreme Court of tablets" but asks the almost metaphysical question: "Where does a phone end and a tablet begin?" seven inches is OK, he says, but five inches is just too small.
His idea? If it can ft in your pocket, it's probably not a tablet.
Dell, however, does not think this is a smartphone. According to Wired, they see it as a "mini tablet."
So I suppose it's a phone that thinks its a tablet.
PC World is not having it. They say it "misses the tablet mark" and insists it's, "Just another Android smartphone."
Zack Whittaker of ZDNet says it's actually a bridge between the smartphone and the iPad, making it a "phone slash tablet come smart-device."
Dell, I'm reminded of the saying, "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck." It's a smartphone, not a tablet!