First Hands-On And Video: Dell Mini 5 Android Slate

First Hands-On And Video: Dell Mini 5 Android Slate

Yesterday, we saw Dell’s Slate concept for the first time. Today, we got to actually play with it. And it’s called the Mini 5.

(Btw, if you want to read yesterday’s stories on the slate, check here.)

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

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.

It feels a bit more like plastic than, say, the iPod touch. But it was perfectly solid from what we could tell. Making a phone call turns the Mini 5 into a gigantic phone, almost like a practical joke, but Dell expects most consumers will opt to use a headset.

The unexpectedly awesome feature? The 5-megapixel 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.