Dell Aero (AT&T)

The Good The Dell Aero has a slim and light design.

The Bad The Aero runs Android 1.5 with limited capabilities. The combination of the phone's controls and Dell's custom user interface makes for an unintuitive user experience. The smartphone is sluggish.

The Bottom Line Unintuitive, slow, and limited in functionality, the Dell Aero is a huge disappointment and simply can't compete with the competition.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 5.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
5.0 Overall

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Review

Dell Aero (AT&T)

The Dell Aero, which was announced back at the Spring CTIA 2010 show, is the company's first smartphone for the U.S. market. To be honest, with each passing month we were beginning to have our doubts that the Aero would even see the light of day, and now that it has, we're wondering what were Dell and AT&T thinking when they released the phone in its current state? Running on an outdated operating system, the Aero simply can't compete with today's smartphones. Its feature set is limited; it's slow; and Dell's custom user interface makes the phone unintuitive and frustrating to use. The $100 price tag (with contract) might be alluring, but if you can afford shelling out $30 more, you're going to get much more from the HTC Aria or if you want to stick to the $100 range, the Palm Pre Plus and iPhone 3GS are better alternatives.

Design
At 4.8 inches tall by 2.3 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and 3.7 ounces, the Dell Aero is one of the sleekest and lightest Android devices we've seen to date. The handset is comfortable to hold and though its construction is mostly plastic, it feels quite solid.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $100
  • Brand Dell, Inc.
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Diagonal Size 3.5 in
  • Weight 3.67 oz
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features multitasking
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