Dell Streak 7 Tablet Shipping: 4G Data on T-Mobile, Running Ancient Android OS 2.2

T-Mobile calls it its first 4G tablet. Dell is probably calling it “Try #2” (its first try being the Dell Streak tablet/phone with a 5-inch display).

Dell Streak 7 Tablet on Dell.com, at a T-Mobile Store Near You

Unlike the smaller earlier Streak, the Streak 7 does not include a conventional voice phone capability. That isn’t a negative for a tablet in my opinion. A big positive is support for T-Mobile’s 4G wireless data network. Unfortunately, T-Mobile’s 4G network is, like its 3G network, probably among the smallest of the wireless data networks in the U.S. Its biggest attraction is its price: $200 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Even its unsubsidized price is reasonably low at $450. Unfortunately, it use the relatively old Android OS 2.2 instead of the designed-for-tablets 3.0 that will be in the Motorola Xoom that may appear in just a few weeks.