This slim and sleek Android phone measures 2.3 inches wide, 4.8 inches tall and 0.5 inches thick. It weighs 3.7 ounces making it one of the lightest Androids on the market to date. It is made of mostly plastic but promotes grip and comfort. The Dell Aero has no actual buttons on its face but instead a 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 640x360 pixels. It also features a capacitive touch screen.
The display is somewhat small when compared to other Android powered devices. On the other hand, viewing pictures, text and video is great. The Dell Aero also features an accelerometer for changing the interface's layout. Additionally, it also carries a pinch-to-zoom feature which makes surfing the web easier.
On the sides of the device is where users will find the navigation controls, including the menu, home button, back and search tabs, on/off power button and voice command control. The menu key doubles as the voice command button when pressed down for a longer period of time, this also goes for the back button doubling as the home shortcut key.
This odd and uncanny setup takes a while to get accustomed to since most phones have at least 3 or 4 dedicated buttons on the face. Many users will have to readjust to such a foreign button placement concept. It may also frustrate some people who would rather have convenient, and easy one touch access to the main controls.
Other design features include a volume rocker, mini-USB port and dedicated camera key. Unfortunately the Dell Aero does not have a standard headphone jack therefore an audio adapter will have to be used. AT&T packages the Dell Aero with an AC adapter/charge cable, 2GB microSD card, 3.5mm audio adapter and a stereo headset.