Dell’s first Android-based smartphone for the US is finally available. I say first smartphone because the Streak seems lost somewhere in between a smartphone and a tablet.
Better late than never, I guess, so you can buy the Aero today from Dell. If you’d rather not sign up for a contract with AT&T, it will cost you $299.99.
The Aero has a Gorilla Glass 3.5″ 640×360 touchscreen. While this resolution is new for the Android world, it is the standard for touch-based Symbian devices and, unlike any of the other smartphone resolutions out there, has a 16:9 aspect ratio. Which may come in handy if you’ll be watching a lot of video on the Aero. It also should make the device a bit less wide than other smartphones, which in turn may mean it’s more easily operated one-handed. If you’re into that kind of thing.
Running the show, is, horrifyingly, Android 1.5. Yes, in August of 2010 Dell has the guts (or perhaps the insanity) to launch a device running Android 1.5.
Anyway, you’ll probably find it hard to notice which version of Android it’s running since the UI is heavily, and I mean heavily, customized by Dell. Which may be a good thing, as it hides the ancient 1.5 look, or a total disaster for those always in search of a stock Android look and feel.
Also, this is the first Android device to have the Android keys (Home, Menu, Back) on the side, rather than on the front of the device. Dell say they did this to preserve the front’s sleek look, but there was plenty of room for buttons below the display. This may be a questionable design decision, but then again, someone must try new things to differentiate a bit from the plethora of other Android offerings out there.
Other notable specs of the Aero:
- Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
- WiFi + Bluetooth
- 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
- 2 GB Micro SD card included, supports cards up to 32 GB
- Full HTML Browser with Adobe Flash Lite
- GPS/A-GPS navigation
- POP, IMAP, Webmail and Microsoft Active Sync E-mail
- Dimensions: 122 x 57.9 x 11.7 mm
- Weight: 104 g
The Dell Aero is an interesting midrange effort, and if you end up liking the things Dell chose to do differently compared to other Android device manufacturers, you may enjoy it a lot.
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