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Same Roots for Aero and Streak, But Different Ends

Written on August 25, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Like parents that boo-booed the perfect first baby, Dell came up with a second--the Dell Aero. But winging into the market as the PC company's first smartphone, it is presented not as a sibling but a first cousin to the shortfall hybrid Dell Streak.

Definitely without the tablet trappings, the Aero edges itself into a market undergoing an overly-induced growth spurt that makes it harder to compete. The question for any new smartphone at the entrance: Where does the difference lie?

Dell’s Android device starts with the right price: a unit costing $99 for a 2-year contract with AT&T. It sells $299 on the Dell website, the only current store location for Aeros. Not only does it cost less, it weighs less than most rivals.

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