AT&T has mentioned its plans to have 5 Android devices out by June of this year, and so far only one, the Motorola Backflip, has shown up in stores. Dell is working to have the second AT&T Android, also known as the Aero, ready for the masses as soon as possible.
While Dell didn’t have much of a presence here at CTIA 2010, I was able to catch up with some representatives that had one in-hand. I was allowed to hold it and take plenty of pictures, but was not allowed to turn the device on. I assume the Aero is still in development stages and doesn’t run smoothly enough to show off to media. We were told that it was AT&T that wasn’t letting Dell turn the device on.
So while I wasn’t able to get a great look at the Aero, at the very least I was able to hold it and get a feel of it in my hand. The Aero is incredibly light; I compared it with my iPhone and it certainly was lighter. The only concern I had about it was that it did feel a little more plastic than I personally like for a smartphone. It’s also very thin, so the Aero felt very comfortable to hold.
One frustration was that due to the glossy look of the Aero, it will definitely be a fingerprint magnet. Certainly it’s not the end of the world, but it would be nice if I didn’t have to worry about getting it dirty every time I held it in my hands.
The Aero will ship with Android 1.5 in box, though like the Backflip, should be upgradeable to 2.1 soon after it ships. It will also have a 5 MP camera and expandable memory; in fact, it will likely have a 2 GB MicroSD included.
I was intrigued to learn that not only will the Aero be available in AT&T channels, but Dell channels as well. With that said, I made certain to have the rep clarify its locked status as sold through Dell; he told me that it would still be locked to AT&T no matter which channel you purchase it through.
Without further adieu, here is the full photo gallery of the Dell.
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