If you are lusting after an iPad, but can not afford one right now you may like the Dell Mini 5. It has a smaller screen, but it is running a powerful operating system. The Mini 5 is the Dell “flagship” model. Take a quick look at what Dell can do with their top model.
This Dell Mini has the wonderful problem of being mistaken for more than a smartphone. It has a great looking screen that may or may not be pocketable. It has power to handly videos with ease, and no manual keyboard. It may be intended to be a competitor to the Nokia N900 or Apple iPad. It is not nearly the same size as an iPad, but neither is it the size of your normal smartphone either.
The screen has a sharp and brilliant 480 by 800 resolution and is five inches in size. This is what makes it different than other smartphones. You can talk and receive calls, but that is probably not going to be the main focus of this machine. Just on the right of the screen ( or the bottom if you hold it in portrait position ) there are three capacitive touch buttons. They are “menu”, “home” and “back”. The screen is flat and shiny and does not seem to have any protection from smudges, like iPhone models do. The screen is a large size, but the thickness of the machine is kept to a minimum. The back of the Mini 5 has a regular plastic cover. It looks like a quality piece of mobile equipment from any angle.
The Dell Mini 5 works on the Google Android operating system. Dell covered it well with their own user interface, but underneath is the famous semi-open software that is changing the face of the mobile community. You can do many if not all the things with this device as you can do with an iPhone or iPad. In fact, if you are an avid application downloader, you will probably save money buying this over an Apple product. Android “apps” are cheaper for the most part than their iTune counterparts. Android reached 50,000 applications available recently, and the number is continuing to climb. It would be a surprise if you could not find an Android app that would help you in some way.
The Dell Mini 5 has two cameras. It has a five megapixel camera on the back with dual LED flash. It has the second one on the front, presumably for shooting video conferences. The cover of the Mini 5 is customizable. You can get it in pink, blue, black red, fire ( for lack of a better name ) and personalized graphics. This is a pleasant surprise and adds to the quality of this Dell product that much more.
The hardware is top-knotch in this Dell product. The processor is the popular 1 megahertz snapdragon model. It is the same processor used in the “google phone”, the Nexus One. It keeps up with any inputs given, even when launching and viewing videos.
Yes, the Mini 5 can take calls. You may feel odd having a five inch screen pressed up to your face while you are talking, but thankfully the Mini 5 also has a 3.5 inch headphone jack. This is a smartphone that is due to arrive in the United States soon. It has already opened in China. Look for Dell to add to the size of the screen. It may end up being the same size of the iPad if rumors are correct. No prices on the Dell Mini 5 are out yet.