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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 Now Available

Friday, August 13th, 2010

The Dell Streak is now available at Dell.com.

Today is launch day for the Dell Streak. It’s still not available at AT&T, but you can pick up an AT&T plan when you buy the Streak in order to get your subsidy. With the Dell Aero still missing from AT&T’s lineup, it would make sense to substitute the Aero for the Streak. The Streak is going to be far more popular than the Aero, so I wonder what AT&T’s plan is. It is possible that AT&T is hesitant to put out two Android 1.6 phones back to back, while the competition is already releasing Froyo. At any rate, the Streak’s lack of availability puts Sony Ericsson at the top of the official AT&T Android line. Maybe that’s for the best.

Dell Streak Available August 12…Really

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Dell has announced the official (for real) launch of the Streak on AT&T.

The pre-sale is still on, and will occur on August 12. An email will be sent out the morning of the 12th, including a link to the sale site. As before, pre-orders will receive a free upgrade to 2nd Business Day shipping and an exclusive coupon code for a 99ยข Plantronics Bluetooth Headset, with purchase of course. The Streak will go on sale to everyone else on Friday the 13th. Make of that what you will.

The Streak will set you back $300 on contract, or $550 without. This is roughly twice the price of the Xperia X10, but with few obvious additions. The screen is 1″ larger, and there is a front-facing camera. These are cool features, but should they double the price? Dell actually passed up Sony in a pricing point, which seems out of character for Dell. The Sony is actually the more affordable phone, and is fairly loaded with features. I wonder how well Dell will do here. Both devices feature Android 1.6, with promised upgrades in the near future. The Streak will jump straight to Froyo though, while Sony Ericsson will take a bit longer to get there.

If you haven’t registered for the pre-sale yet, there is apparently a little more time. You should hurry though. Sign up here.

The Streak is finally on its way. Dell missed one deadline, obviously missing its July launch. If this is still the phone for you, the wait is almost over.