Dell Aero Pairs Sleek Looks:

on 9:02 AM

Dell's official entry into the Android pool doesn't exactly excite.  However, it is a full-fledged smartphone with sleek looks and an attractive price point.Physically, it's one of slimmest and lightest Android phones you're going to find.  Construction is almost entirely plastic, although it feels solid and holds well in the hand.  The front panel consists solely of the 3.5-inch touchscreen display (640 x 360 resolution) and bezel - the requisite control buttons were moved to the side of the phone.  More likely than not, you'll find this design decision just a little unintuitive.As a phone, the Aero made for mixed call quality.  Sound often came out a bit muffled; surprisingly, those on the other end reported exceptional clarity.  Speakerphone audio was tinny, but it had some serious volume, making it especially usable in loud environments.  Battery life is rated at 4 hours of talk time, so expect to charge nightly.
It runs Android 1.5.  Yes, that same version from the oldest Android smartphone.  Dell did throw up its own UI, which might have been welcome if this handset came out a year ago.  Right now, though, it hardly enhances the phone's usability.


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