A couple of years ago, any handset that looked like the Dell Mini 3 would have been derided as an iPhone clone or knockoff or rip(off). Today, we’re past all that iPhone look-a-like nonsense. The iPhone helped change the face of the smartphone market, and it makes sense that touchscreen slates with heavy app-emphasis look a lot like the iPhone.
Take, for example, the Dell Mini 3. This here side-by-side shot of the iPhone and Dell Mini 3 makes it obvious that Dell is looking to make their upcoming touchscreen smartphone as app-friendly as possible. Nevermind that the Mini 3 looks like the iPhone’s brother from another mother, it’s got a decently sized touchscreen and a slim-and-trim form factor.
More important than the passing resemblance of the Mini 3 to the iPhone is the Mini 3’s seemingly unpolished design aesthetic. There’s just way too much bezel and plastic surrounding the recessed touchscreen – and it all adds up to a bit of a pudgy-looking device. To be fair, a lot has changed in the smartphone space since Dell last had any kind of offering in the mobile space. Dell’s first gen Mini 3 will probably need some tweaking before gaining some serious traction. Of course, we might change our tune when we get actual hardware in our hands (sometimes photos just don’t do a smartphone justice).
For the time being, head on over to Sina for a full Dell Mini 3 photo gallery.