Feb 19 AT 5:47 PM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

Hands on the DELLicious monster phone

What is the difference between a tablet and a phone? We don’t know and neither does Dell, but they are set to unleash the Dell Mini 5 on the public later this year.

With its 5 inch screen, the Mini 5 offers the largest display of any Android smartphone. The device is expected to launch on AT&T and T-Mobile later this year. Powering the Mini 5 will be Android 2.x on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The phone is also supposed to ship with a docking station that will support HDMI out, audio out, and USB syncing.

At first I thought the device was too large, but I’m starting to warm up to using it as a phone. Engadget got their hands on an early prototype and posted some lengthy impressions.

“A more popular concern would be whether you’d look like a dork when holding the monstrous phone right next to your face. To be honest, it’s not too bad, except the user would most likely be more conscious about the size, simply because you’d have to stretch your fingers a bit to accommodate the unusually large footprint and weight.”Richard LaiEngadget

I don’t think I will be giving up my Nexus One anytime soon, but I am intrigued. Surely this phone will be more expensive than some of the recent superphones that have launched.

Are you ready to carry around a monster phone and how much are you willing to pay for it?

Source: Engadget

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  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    If this thing eventually ships with 2.x rather than 1.6 I may seriously consider it.

    I think a device of this size would be much nicer to own than an iPad, and the obvious increase in size over normal smartphones would bring huge benefits.

    • royksopp82

      I agree, this is nicer than iPad. Bigger size than usual smartphone might be wired at first. But once you get used to it, it shouldn’t be a problem.

  • http://Website treefq

    the only time you will be taking the 5″ screen into account is for software that is designed to operate at such size. Apps will need to be coded to take advantage of the real estate

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’m pretty sure it has a 800×480 resolution which is the same as the Nexus One. Any apps that work on a N1 should work on the Mini 5, except they will be super sized.

      • http://Website Daniel

        800×480 on a 5-inch screen would mean roughly 186 dpi, which is closer to mdpi, meaning this is (or ought to be) a medium-density device, like the G1, the Hero and most other phones.

        • http://Website Daniel

          Looking at the video, it does seem to be mdpi: the dialpad buttons are far too small and too spaced to be hdpi.

  • http://Website DelDotB

    Has to have 2.x and (more importantly) has to be on a good network (i.e. Verizon). When it is, I’m so getting it.

  • http://yellowrex.com William Furr

    I’m a little bummed it doesn’t have a higher resolution, but I think Android only supports up to WVGA in the SDK anyway.

    Regardless, I think it’s great. If it comes to T-Mobile, I’d pay $200 plus contract for one.

  • http://Website Michael

    What? Are we going backward in time? That thing is too big to be a phone. I’m not stuffing that into my pocket. My Nexus One fits perfectly. And it’s too small to be a tablet. I’ll get the Android-powered Adam tablet instead I think.

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  • krazytrixxxsta

    it a tablet that can make phone call. you would have to rip your pocket for it to fit. it still look like an impressive device, too bad i have no use for it.

  • http://Website surfereddie

    I hope HTC comes out with a 5″ screen. I use mine as my GPS in my car. I’m all in for the large screen. Dell!!! lose the proprietary docking station garbage. Just give us USB 3.0 !!!

  • http://Website Surfereddie

    I have large pockets and really want a larger screen. I like watching video on my phone while I’m waiting. I really don’t care what it looks like when I’m on the phone. Most of the time I’m using my corded over the head, headset anyway. I think 5″ is probably the perfect size for me. I have large manly thumbs and need the extra size to txt. HTC please make a large screen phone.

  • http://Website ruben

    I would definitely buy this if the price is right. Besides After sidetalking on the ngage nothing seems ridiculous.

  • Manly Man


    DELL MINI 5 = 1st GEN PSP

  • http://Website Se7en2

    Am I the only one that doesn’t want a phone on this? I’d get this as a mini tablet with 3G for data only, and an N1 for my phone.

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  • http://Website CM

    There is absolutely no way that I’d use that thing as a phone.

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  • http://Website Greg

    Am I the only one that thinks the size of the phone is pretty unimportant considering we have this crazy new technology called Bluetooth where we can have a tiny thing hooked to our ear instead of holding a tablet to our face?

  • http://Website MArcoss

    I have just ordered one from the UK as that is the only way to get one in Australia. Its the perfect size, I use a blue tooth for making calls most of the time & at the end of the day, why would I give a rats arse what other people think when I’m using it as a phone. Its a communication tool, not a fashion object, if I wanted a fashion object I would buy an iPhone.

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  • http://Website Liviu

    I don’t understand some comments here! Nobody forces you to buy one if you don’t like! For me it will be perfect, because i don’t want to carry 3 devices with me when I can carry only one (phone, GPS, Ipad) and also will help me seeing things without using my reading glasses all the time. So i would like this very much. Unfortunately I am in Canada, and we don’t have HTC HD2, Motorola Droid X (with 4.3″ screen), not yet after so long since they are available in US.

  • http://Website Steve Hildebrandt

    I’ve had my Dell Streak (factory-unlocked, Froyo version), for a couple of weeks now and LOVE it. Who cares what other trend-following, mindless idiots think when I use it to make a call…. in fact, they usually have lots of questions about it (all good, btw)

  • Joe Levy

    why such a P.O.S. processor, 1 GHz snapgragon? oh pls. Phones need to get even bigger. 6″!. Jeer at the people carrying 5 devices around. You just use bluetooth earpiece, but in a pinch, you should be able to use the device directly. What’s wrong with all these ignorant and insensitive tablet and phone manufacturers. Just ship with a headset, and call it gourmet