August 24, 2010 | by Chris Smith
It seems that Dell has taken their “good ol’ time” getting any phones into the US market, but as of today they have two available now on AT&T. The Dell Aero is available now for a mere $99.99 on two-year contract or $299.99 without it (AT&T only).
The Aero hosts a 624Mghz Marvell Processor, a 5MP camera w/ LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen, and Android 1.5 (considered to be upgradeable). The Aero has a decent form factor and has a custom user interface on top of the stock Android OS. The Aero also includes stereo headphones, a Micro USB adapter, and a 2GB MicroSD card.
If you aren’t blown away it’s for good reason. Most people have been pretty down on the Aero, mostly because of it’s lackluster features. There really is no reason for the Aero to be $99 on contract; a phone that is this “entry-level” should be free on contract especially when you can pruchase an iPhone 3G for the same price. With only Android 1.6, a slower processor, and a UI that has been reported to be clunky, it makes me wonder what Dell is up to. Dell hasn’t really made the right impression in the US with the expensive Streak and they are definitely not hitting the right note with the Aero. Watch the price drop on the Aero in a matter of months.