Technologizer: Dell’s Streak–Is It a Huge Smartphone or a Tiny Computer?

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By Harry McCracken

The time I’ve spent with Verizon Wireless’s Droid X has made one thing clear to me: I like great big smartphone screens. As impressively elegant as the iPhone 4′s 3.5″ retina display is, the X’s 4.3″ superscreen makes for larger type and easier tapping. It’s like the difference between a highly refined sportscar and a roomy SUV. I hope phones in both sizes flourish.

And then there’s Dell’s Streak…which makes the Droid X look like a pipsqueak. At five inches, its screen is so expansive that it’s not clear upon first glance whether this device is a phone. It is. Or at least it can be one: The Dell executive I spoke with at a demo yesterday described the Streak as being “capable of making phone calls.” In other words, Dell sees it as a data device that does voice rather than a phone that does data.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – July 2010

  • How Has PC Pitstop Helped You?
  • 5 Reasons I Hate My iPod
  • Why Don’t I Love My iPad
  • iPad Survey Results
  • Remove Your Anti-Virus Software
  • Ready for Your PC to be Stolen?
  • World’s Coolest Keyboard
  • No to Free Over the Air Reception
  • Tekzilla Tip- Stop the Desktop Distractions
  • Tip 1 – Generate Random Text
  • Tip 2 – Manual Defrag Vista
  • Tip 3 – Add A Picture To A Folder
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    Technologizer: How to Control Your Facebook Privacy

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    By Harry McCracken

    If you think the whole Web is suddenly looking more like Facebook, you’re not imagining things. At its developer conference last week, the 800-pound gorilla of social networks made a bevy of announcements — and all the biggies involved intermingling your life as a Facebook user with other activities around the Internet.

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    PC Pitstop Newsletter – March 2010 #2

      PC Matic Update
      Avoid Windows Security Updates?
      5 Ways You Can Improve Windows 7
      Facebook Kids Getting Younger
      Spring Cleaning for Keyboards
      Internet Explorer 9 Preview
      Keep Your Laptop Data Secure
      Why Are Laptop Touchpads Bad?
      Tekzilla – Optimize Firefox Readibility
      Tip 1 – Get Classic Startup Back
      Tip 2 – Run XP Mode on Windows 7
      Tip 3 – TutCity Free Tutorials

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    PC Pitstop Newsletter – December 2009

      All New pcpitstop.com
      Black Screen of Death
      The Dodge Retort: PC/TV Habits
      Chris Pirillo: Skype Phone
      Bits from Bill: Facebook Apps Stealing Info
      Ask Leo: Help, Stolen Email Identity
      Technologizer: Windows 7 Survey Results
      TechBite: 5 Net Tricks to Save You Money
      Tekzilla Tip: Rein In Your System Tray
      Tip #1: Security Tab in XP
      Tip #2: Synch People & Contacts
      Tip #3: Google Power to MSFT Office
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    Technologizer: The State of Windows 7 Satisfaction

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    By Harry McCracken

    Windows 7 is scarcely more than a month old. Most of the people who will eventually use it haven’t gotten around to trying it yet; those that have are still settling in. And the Win 7 experience will change rapidly as remaining bugs are squashed, missing drivers arrive, and compatibility glitches are ironed out. Even so, it’s not too early to start gauging what real people think of Windows Vista’s replacement.

    So to riff on Ronald Reagan’s famous question from his 1980 debate with Jimmy Carter, Are Windows users better off today than they were a few weeks ago, back in the Vista era? We decided to ask the Technologizer community, a group of tech enthusiasts with a high propensity to acquire new operating systems quickly and push them to their limits. Starting on November 16th, we surveyed our readers (and Twitter followers) about their experiences with Windows 7. Our goal: to do a reality check on the mostly favorable initial reviews of the new OS (as well as our own survey of largely enthusiastic Windows 7 beta testers back in March).

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    PC Pitstop Newsletter – November 2009 #2

      The Dodge Retort: Twitter, Facebook fertile phishing grounds
      Ask Leo: Secure Delete – What is it and do I need it?
      Chris Pirillo: How to Convert Cassettes to MP3
      Bits from Bill: Verizon Droid Day One
      Technologizer: 25 Most Notable Quotes in Tech History
      Use Your Droid as a Modem…Tethering
      TechBite: Fixes for 3 PC Annoyances
      Tip #1: Create Windows 7 Themes
      Tip #2: Float your Hard Drive LED
      Tip #3: Information about your Hardware
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