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Aug 27, 2010, 3:47 PM   by Philip Berne

The Dell Aero is a slim and light Android, though its custom Dell interface may have you thinking it's a less-complicated feature phone.

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Is It Your Type?

The Dell Aero is unlike any other Android phone I've used. It doesn't feel like Android with a skin on top. It feels more like a feature phone with Android beneath. If you're looking for a phone that is slim and light and packed with features, read on for my in-depth impressions of Dell's entry into the world of smartphones.

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Aug 27, 2010, 5:46 PM

Doesn't bode well for the Streak....

I guess Dell's meddling with Android is going to be disappointing for future phones. Hopefully they'll learn their lesson for future devices.

I'm curious what the Streak will be like, if it will be as hobbled by additional UI.
This phone certainly doesn't reflect well on Dell, but I wouldn't judge the Streak using the Aero as a guide. I haven't seen the Streak in a while, but I know very geeky people who are quite happy with it.

Aug 27, 2010, 7:39 PM

Landfill Fodder

This is possibly one of the worst smartphones AT&T has carried that wasn't a WinMo equipped HTC.

This was touched on in the review, but app performance is nothing short of a joke. Of course, since Android app development is already atrocious when it comes to things such as resolution independence and sliding canvases, this just exacerbates them.

I hate to say it to beat a dead horse (I wouldn't have to say it if more dead horses weren't being released), but here you have a perfect example as to why Android just doesn't work as an 'open' platform- there's no moderation (Android 1.5?), there's no reintroduction of individual contributions (I guess it'd just be everyone copying HTC) , and the only OS-wide changes we're seeing from the '...
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