Today, Dell announced that their Aero Android handset would be available on U.S. wireless carrier AT&T for $99 with a two-year contract; $299 contract-free. The device has a 3.5-inch multitouch display, 624 MHz processor, quad-band GSM, tri-band UMTS/HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro-SD card slot (expandable to 32 GB), 1000 mAh battery, 5 megapixel camera with flash… and Android 1.5. The Aero has a pretty attractive spec sheet for a $99 handset, aside from the nearly two year old OS. Thoughts? More →
Who wants more Android phones? It looks like the Dell Mini 3iG, which is better known as the “Aero,” has received its official U.S. working papers from the FCC. Here is a quick refresher for those of you who need to be reminded of what the Aero is working with: 3.5″ nHD 640 x 360 display, Marvel 624 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, aGPS, 3G (1900MHz/850MHz), multi-touch, Android 2.1, support for Microsoft Exchange, and an all new Dell-icious UI skin (we call trademark on Dell-icious® if Dell decides to use it). How about it AT&T Android enthusiasts? Is this the device you’ve been waiting for, or are you going to hold it in the same regards as the Bellyflop Backflip?
According to a circulating rumor, the Dell Aero will follow in the footsteps of the Motorola BACKFLIP by prohibiting the installation of unsigned applications. If this rumor pans out, applications for the Aero can only be purchased and installed through the Android Market. The reason behind this decision was not disclosed but apparently it is a blanket policy that will apply to all Android devices on AT&T. As a result of this decision, the Aero will not have the “With Google” branding that graces many of the Android phones currently on the market. If Google is not the centerpiece of the services on the phone, AT&T may be free to swap out Yahoo for Google and put its custom bloatware software on the Aero as it did on the BACKFLIP. Any Android fans out there ready to organzie a boycott of AT&T?
It’s been a long time coming, but Dell and AT&T are finally readying themselves to release that long, long rumored Android smartphone in the US. AT&T’s website is contains a promo page for the Dell Aero, a handset which is really just a slightly upgraded version of the Mini 3i (or rather Mini 3ix) that’s long been available in China. So far AT&T hasn’t thrown too many specs out there, but from AT&T’s website and what we’ve heard, we’re looking at a 3.5″ nHD 360×640 display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, aGPS, 3G, support for Microsoft Exchange and a new UI skin. Of course whether the Aero will be running Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 or 2.1 is the question of the day, but with CTIA officially kicking off today, we don’t think we’re going to have to wait too long to get all the answers to our burning questions. More →