Dell Aero Smartphone Teardown

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As of this writing, the Dell Aero costs $299.99 (unlocked without a contract) or $99.99 (with a 2-year contract from AT&T). The Aero comes with Android 1.5, which is strange as other Android phones are running version 2.2. The Aero features a 5 megapixel camera with flash, a 3.5-inch, 640x360-pixel capacitive touch screen, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), GPS, microSD card, and a 624Mhz Marvell processor.

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I purchased a Dell Aero (Unlocked) from Masterdeals via and it did not come with the Mini USB to 3.5mm adapter. This might be due to it being a European (Turkish?) version. (It also came with a charger with the European plug.)I have tried a couple of generic adapters I found on the internet, but they don't work on my Aero. The audio will not pass through the adapter to the headphones, instead it continues out the phone speaker. Do you think I have a defective Aero, or is the adapter shown as image 6 of 71 in your Aero breakdown column a proprietary Mini USB plug or should a generic adapter work? And, just in case, where can I purchase the one in your article? Thanks very much.