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Review: Dell Aero

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The Dell Aero uses a standard Android Web browser with a slightly different interface design. The browser still functioned nicely, and pages looked exactly as they do on the best Android phones, similar to the way they look on a desktop. The phone comes with Flash Lite installed, but this is no substitute for the real thing. I use Flash for only a couple functions on my mobile phone. I like to watch CNN videos and check out embedded YouTube videos. None of the videos on CNN.com would play on the Dell Aero. YouTube embeds were a mixed bag. Some would play, some refused, with no rhyme or reason behind them. Still, Flash is not very important to me, and I was mostly satisfied with the browser.

My other complaints have to do with the browser interface. Scrolling through pages was fairly smooth, even zooming in and out. However, typing URLs into the address field was a chore. The keyboard would take four or five seconds to pop up. Rotating the phone into landscape also caused a long delay. If I made a mistake or clicked a link accidentally, the back button could be unresponsive, or it was small enough that I often missed it with my first taps.

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The Dell Aero offers fewer customization options than any other Android phone I've used. As I mentioned earlier, there are almost no widgets or shortcuts that you can place on the homescreen beyond application icons. You can set a different wallpaper, and this spans up to 10 available homescreen panels. I would be more enthusiastic about all those panels if it wasn't such a remarkable pain to move apps around. You have to hold an app for a long time, three seconds or so. A small trash can appears, and you can delete the shortcut or move the app icon. Often, I would lift my finger to start the moving process, and the app would revert to normal, so I had to repeat the process.

There are sound profiles on this phone, which is a welcome addition to an Android device. You can customize notification sounds, but that is the extent of customization on this phone.

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