Hands-on with the Dell Aero; well, sort of
CNET takes a hands-on look at the upcoming Dell Aero Android phone for AT&T. Unfortunately, it's not quite the in-depth look we were after.
LAS VEGAS--It's been a long time since we've seen a handheld device from Dell (moment of silence for the Dell Axim PDAs please), so you could say we were pretty anxious to check out the Dell Aero in person.
The Aero is Dell's first U.S. smartphone and
It's just like the Mobile World Congress 2010. The smartphone is incredibly compact and light; probably the smallest Android device we've seen to date. It features a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen but it's void of the traditional navigation controls found on many Android smartphones, which is a bit worrisome. We remember it being rather confusing on the Mini 3 to do simple things like return to the previous page or home screen without those buttons., which we saw at
AT&T and Dell will have a customized interface that will lay on top of the Android OS, and unfortunately, it looks like the Aero will ship with Android 1.5. All the other usual suspects are there, including Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, and Bluetooth. The Aero also gets a bump in the camera department with an upgrade to a 5-megapixel camera over the Mini 3's 3.2 megapixels.
Though we wish we could have given you a look at the Dell Aero's insides, you can check out the photo gallery to at least get an idea of the phone's design.