The lucky guys at TechCrunch ran into Michael Dell at the Mobile World Conference, and he was kind enough to preview the Dell Mini 5 for them. Admittedly, it looks really slick, and the brief demo showed a very fast and responsive device.
There’s bad news, though. TechCrunch says the UNSUBSIDIZED price will be $1,098! That is…a bit on the high side. Yes, it has a phone radio, but it’s a 5 inch Android tablet…it’s not that special. I hate to compare it to the iPad, but that’s the elephant in the room for this thing; you could buy two wifi-only 16gb iPads for one Dell Mini 5! And without just comparing it to the iPad, there’s also the Camangi Webstation, the Archos Tablet, the Zii Egg, and of course, actual phones like the Nexus One and the Droid. Is the phone radio and/or the extra inch of screen space worth $500+?
It kind of makes me think the world has gone slightly off-kilter, when APPLE is selling a device with more features for less money than Dell.