Friday, February 26, 2010

Is Dell's Mini 5 a Mini PC or a Large Smartphone?

Anticipation is growing for Dell’s Mini 5. The device is expected to rival the recently revealed iPad, which is more or less an oversized iPhone. The Mini 5 will be smaller than the iPad, but will have an impressive 800 x 480 capacitive screen. It will boast 3G features and will include Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS capabilities, not to mention a forward facing camera, although most interesting is the fact that it comes with voice support as well.

Fans of Android should be excited for most of the Mini 5’s features. With its 3G connectivity, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor and camera features, gives way to notable video conferencing abilities.

Dell is taking note of what the iPad lacks and exploiting those weaknesses. To curtail some concerns about the small stature of the Mini 5, Dell is going full steam and already talking big about the family of tablets it will introduce following the launch of the Mini 5.

You can almost bet that Dell will continue to try to incorporate all the critical things that Apple left off of the iPad into their tablets. Users are going to want to place video calls to their relatives, watch Flash videos and be able to use multiple applications simultaneously – and Dell and Google know it. With the iPhone app market losing ground to other emerging rivals, the Android Market will continue to make considerable gains in market share and ooffer services, applications and features that Apple refuses to support. With over 30,000 apps already and growing faster than any other app market, Android might offer the potential and capabilities Dell needs to have an impact.

Now, the only question that remains: Do you plan on using it as a phone or as a tablet?

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