Like most new phones, AT&T and Dell are trying to keep the information on this phone tight lipped until they are ready to officially introduce it. Engadget managed to get some hands on time with the Aero at this year’s CTIA and there were a few surprises packed into this phone. Needless to say they are not the type of surprises we like around here.
In the video below you will see that this phone has been stripped of almost everything that makes an Android an Android. The screen seems unresponsive and inaccurate. The only good thing about this device is its form factor. It’s a pretty good looking piece of hardware. That’s where the praise ends, the UI has been completely reskinned, and there are multiple skins available. It looks nothing like no other Android device and in this case, that’s not a good thing. Google Maps, Gmail, and a handful of other Google-centric features like the Android Market all have been removed. The home and back button has been merged into one that seems to work only when it wants too. This phone is full of AT&T software that most likely you will not be able to uninstall. The only silver lining is this is a prerelease phone and hopefully AT&T and Dell will decide to include it in the final product.