Posts Tagged ‘Dell Aero’

Dell Gives AT&T a Miss and Launches the Aero

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Dell launched the Aero today. AT&T first announced the Aero back in March, and then we heard nothing about it until recently. I checked AT&T’s site and the Aero isn’t there. This is interesting.

Like the Streak, the Aero is compatible with AT&T. This is what makes it that much more interesting. AT&T is currently showing an email list signup on its Aero page.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 1.6
  • 3.5-inch capacitive multi-touch display
  • Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 5MP camera with autofocus, 8x digital zoom, a dedicated camera key, and flash
  • 2GB on board microSD card, expands up to 32GB
  • Full HTML Browser with Adobe Flash Lite
  • GPS/A-GPS
  • Email support for POP, IMAP, Webmail and Microsoft Active Sync

Not a bad little package. If the Streak is too big for you, this may be just your size. You can learn more at dell.com/mobile. You can also check out the video below. Why did Dell launch without AT&T? Who knows? Maybe it will be made available soon. Either way you are required to be an AT&T customer to use it. You can pick up the Aero from Dell’s website for $99 with 2-year contract or $299.99 without.

Update:It took 25 minutes for Dell’s live chat support to find the Android version. That was a long wait.

Dell Streak and Aero Coming to AT&T Soon

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Dell is releasing the Streak to the US market this week. Dell’s site still simply says late July, and with this being the last week in July you can bet it is coming this week. Dell released some information and then pulled it back, so we’ll have to wait and see if these numbers hold.

The Dell Streak is scheduled to become available on AT&T for $300 with 2-year contract or $550 without. This will immediately become AT&T’s premier Android device. Dell took the time to answer some questions about the Streak. Here is some of the latest info:

  • Streak is not compatible with T-Mobile
  • Carbon black is the only color coming this week. Cherry red is coming soon.
  • Streak will launch with Android 1.6, with Froyo coming this year

Those who opted into the pre-sale will have a 24-hour head start on purchasing the Streak, and can pick up a Bluetooth headset for 99 cents.

The Aero also got some play in the press today. It is scheduled to hit AT&T for $99 with 2-year contract. It should be available by August 9. Considering the fact that AT&T announced the Aero before the Aria and the Captivate, it’s about time the Aero showed up. The Aero looks pretty good, but it is aimed at the lower end of the spectrum, right there with the Motorola Backflip.

So, while AT&T missed its 5 Android devices in the first half of 2010 goal, we are finally seeing the Android numbers grow. By the time the Aero launches, we can expect to see the Motorola Backflip, HTC Aria, Samsung Captivate, Dell Streak, and Dell Aero. That’s 5 Android devices. With any luck Sony Ericsson will launch its Android line on AT&T soon after with the Xperia X10, Xperia X10 mini, and Xperia X10 mini pro. One can only hope. Things are finally looking up for Android fans who are on AT&T’s network.

AT&T Android Tally

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

As mentioned in the last post, AT&T announced in January that it would be launching 5 Android phones in the first half of 2010. It listed Motorola, HTC, and Dell as three of the brands bringing Android to the carrier. Being as close to the end of the first half of 2010 as we are, let’s take a look at where AT&T’s promise stands.

AT&T promised a phone from Motorola with a unique form factor. Sure enough, the Motorola Backflip was released, a lackluster effort on Motorola’s part, and surprising as AT&T’s foray into Android. The Backflip isn’t a horrible phone, but it is nothing to write home about.

A long time passed between the launch of the Backflip and the announcement of the Dell Aero. At this point the Aero has not been released, so AT&T has a long way to go still. Assuming the Aero is launched in early June, there will still be three phones to launch before July 1 if AT&T is to keep its promise.

Rumor has it that HTC is next in line for AT&T, with a new device called the Aria. That brings the count to three, if indeed it is announced June 7 as rumored.

The Nexus One presents an interesting twist, and AT&T might be inclined to count it as an AT&T phone although it was never sold by AT&T. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully AT&T really does launch 5 phones. The problem remaining however is the fact that June starts next week. Even if the deadline is pushed to midnight on June 30, there is little chance that four phones will be launched by then. All indications show that AT&T has missed its promised deadline. I really hope I am wrong on this, but we’ll soon find out.

HTC was assumed to be releasing two of the five phones, so perhaps we will be hearing more about HTC soon. Dell’s Streak appears to be heading to AT&T as well. Thre is also the long-standing rumor that Sony’s Xperia X10 will show up by August.

So far AT&T hasn’t made a big splash with Android. Hopefully they remedy this soon. They are well past fashionably late to the Android party, and it is time to ramp up and get with the program.