CES: Dell Tablet Phones With Customized Android–Mini 3 & Mini 5


The Dell Mini 3 was announced by AT&T towards the beginning of CES, and now the device is known to have a customized build of Android to support Exchange ActiveSync for your corporate push email. Additionally, it seems that the Mini 3 will be shipping with Adnroid 1.6.

Gizmodo had some hands-on time with the Mini 3 and came out with this impression:

In the hand, it doesn’t feel nearly as solid as the Nexus One—it’s more like a hollow-feeling plastic than most of the smartphones on the market.

Dell, of course, has their own UI for Android. We didn’t get to see much of it, other than the main icon screen you’ll note in our lead shot. I just don’t know why anyone would want the Mini 3. Nothing about the hardware immediately grabbed me like the Nexus One did, and it’s stuck on AT&T.

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The Mini 3 will come with Dell’s customized skin for Android, much in the same way that HTC has developed Sense UI on Android.

While the Mini 3 didn’t get any accolades from Gizmodo, the blog did come away more positive with the larger-screened Android tablet, otherwise known as the Streak. Dell hasn’t named the tablet officially, but the Mini 5 name is being thrown around. The Mini 5 could either be a small, pocketable tablet, or a large, 5-inch screened touchscreen smartphone.

Dell Mini 5 Hands-ON from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

According to Gizmodo, here is the take-away:

In your hand, it’s very light and comfortable to use. The screen is responsive, and Dell’s icon interface makes for intuitive presentation of Android.

Specs that we know: custom Android, SIM (it makes calls), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. And the 5-inch screen supports full multitouch.

The unexpectedly awesome feature? The 5MP camera. The Dell Mini 5 has a 5-inch screen, and your subject fills the entire frame. It’s an oddly satisfying implementation of a camera, in a super sizing kind of way.

The customized UI for Android looks great on the large-screened smartphone. Now, all we need is some Adobe Flash 10.1 for Android and we’re golden!

(via: Gizmodo)

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