Dell launches $100 smart phone in US on AT&T

Aug 24, 2010

(AP) -- Dell Inc. said Tuesday its Aero smart phone is now on sale in the U.S. for $99 with a two-year AT&T contract.

Dell has been selling similar phones in China and Brazil since late last year and has been promising a U.S. version since January.

The world's No. 2 personal computer maker, behind Hewlett-Packard Co., has been looking for ways to diversify its business as profit margins on traditional PCs have grown thinner and thinner. Dell also wants to stay relevant as more everyday computing tasks get done on instead of desktops and laptops.

The Dell Aero uses an older version of Google Inc.'s Android operating system than many competing phones on the market today. The Aero uses version 1.5, also called "cupcake," while most phones now use version 1.6 or higher. Dell says it has done a significant amount of work adding features to the base Google system.

The Aero has a 3.5-inch touch screen and a 5-megapixel camera, and it has photo and video editing functions built in. Dell says the Aero can sync with Windows Media Player and music without copy protection from Apple Inc.'s iTunes.

Dell has a second Android device for sale already through AT&T Inc. The Streak, which costs $300 with a two-year contract or $550 without, has a 5-inch screen. is marketing it as a small tablet computer, but it can also be used as a phone.

Apple's iPhone 4 starts at $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. That's the same price after rebate as the Droid Incredible, made by HTC Corp. for Verizon.

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jcwayne
not rated yet Aug 25, 2010
"The Aero uses version 1.5, also called 'cupcake,' while most phones now use version 1.6 or higher."

File that one under "half of the truth is often the greatest lie." This is the equivalent of say "Our computer comes with Windows '95, while most now use Win '98 or higher." I could understand not using 2.2, maybe even going back to 2.0, but nothing running 1.5 should even be considered a smart phone IMHO. At best this is a high-end feature phone.
JimB135
not rated yet Aug 25, 2010
Dell has never put much in the R&D money basket and it shows.

They made it big by slapping together wintel boxes and servers.

I'm thinking they stick to the slapping and not make a mockery of android like this.