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Mar 26 2010   4:14PM GMT

A Very Early Look at the Dell Aero

Ed Hardy Ed Hardy Profile: Ed Hardy

AT&T announced this week that it is going to release the Dell Aero, a version of Dell’s first smartphone running Google’s Android OS. I was able to get a preliminary look at this device at the CTIA tradeshow this week.

Dell AeroI say “preliminary” because the unit that was on display at a press-only event I attended was non functional. All I could see was the hardware, and so I can’t say anything about the software.

That’s too bad, because Dell and AT&T intend to put an alternate user interface on top of the standard one created by Google, and at this point I can’t judge how good this UI is going to be.

I just hope that these companies don’t feel a need to muck too much with the standard Android UI, as it doesn’t need much fixing up. But AT&T really likes to meddle with things that don’t need improvement, and this could easily be another device where this happens.

Hardware
I liked what little I was able to tell about the Aero. The design is sleek and lightweight, and it is going to be a very pocketable phone.

I’d like to be able to tell you more about the hardware, but I again ran into wall trying to get a full list of specifications. At this point, AT&T and Dell are playing their cards very close to their chests. 

Really all I can do is point out that the Aero is going to be part of the Dell Mini 3 series, and other models in this series have a 3.5-inch, 360-by-640 touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, and a microSD memory card slot. In addition to Wi-Fi and 3G, they also have Bluetooth.

AT&T is promising to fill in all the details “soon”, so please stand by.

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