T-Mobile Dell Inspiron Mini 10 4G: An MRT Review & Giveaway

By: (Contributing Editor)

Staff Note: Feb 22, 2011 This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winners below who scored one of our Dell Mini 4G Netbooks! Very special thank you to Shelby from T-Mobile who provided us with the review unit & our own Jenna for purchasing the additional units to give away. Don’t forget about our ongoing contests and very cool tech prizes. Of course, you can only find them here at MRT. -Foster

Keith B. of Trinity, FL

Kathy L. of Nashville, TN

Sean F. of Stroudsburg, PA 

Staff Note: Jan 5, 2011. To ring in the New Year. We’ve decided to couple yet another review with a stellar giveaway. That’s right. We are giving away 3 T-mobile Dell Mini 10 4G netbooks to a few lucky fans. Read on for details!


Having never owned a netbook myself & only playing with my Daughter’s Acer Aspire One (that only has Wi-Fi) while I was setting it up with parental controls, I can easily say I was very excited to get my hands on the T-Mobile Dell Mini 10 with 4G.  My laptops have always been Wi-Fi only, so the thought of checking my Twitter & FaceBook anywhere on the go was heaven.  The marketing for the Mini 10 is aimed at customers looking for “a netbook with ultraportable, fully featured internet access, so they can be productive and have fun at blazing fast speeds on the go”.  Sounds like me, so let’s dive in.



At the end I have added an YouTube Video to help you see the Mini 10 a little better, but first things first.

The Dell Mini 10 4G netbook is geared to take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G mobile broadband network and Wi-Fi, including unlimited access to thousands of T-Mobile HotSpot Network locations Nationwide.

My house has Wi-Fi throughout, but for the sake of testing the Mini 10 I kept it on the 3G/4G setting.  I am not lucky enough to be in T-Mobile’s 4G area for my house, but i did spend time driving around to ensure I could try the 4G feature.  The 4G is built into the Mini 10 so not needing a USB stick or attachments that would stick out was nice.  At times when I drove around, I had my Daughter entertain herself with music videos from YouTube and when parked I pulled up a few shows on Netflix.



While the music selection from a teenage girl may not have been my best choice, seeing her stay focused on the videos during the long drives because the streaming kept up quite nicely was impressive.  If I found myself parked for a spell, knowing I could watch Netflix to pass the time was a tease (since I knew I would only have the Mini 10 for a short review period).  The battery life was great from the integrated six cell battery when the brightness of the screen was kept low and I easily reached the 8 hour mark.  The display is somewhat glossy so to keep the screen at a lower level, you may need to plan ahead as to where you want to sit and still see the screen outdoors, since the 4G will have you taking it many places.

On my lap, the Mini 10 did get a little on the hot side.  Setting it on a clipboard I had handy was good enough to ensure better airflow and keep it cooler, but for the car rides and couch surfing you may want a book or something.  That being said, my Daughter did not seem to mind the heat as she played with it in the car.  The keyboard is 92 percent the size of a standard laptop keyboard with keys that have a nice texture and response to the fingers with a solid feel.

For a netbook I understand the need for a smaller MousePad, but one problem I was having is when trying to move the mouse down or up.  The small size and super sensitivity had the mouse jumping around at times.  At 3 lbs, for some reason the Mini 10 felt a little heavier than I was expecting, I am guessing it is due to the weight distribution of the battery.  Later I picked up my Daughter’s Acer and while it felt the same in pounds, the Acer felt more balanced.

The built-in 1.3 MP Webcam is what you may expect to find on a netbook or notebook these days.  Personally I do not like the placement on the display for the Mini 10 (which is the same gripe I have for the Acer and many similar netbooks) as they have it right in the center.  I understand wanting the video to be centered when chatting, but every time I go to open the lid to the netbook, my fingers seem to find the webcam and thus I now have a fingerprint right on the lens.  My recommendation is to keep a mico-fiber cloth with you at all times.

Now for the specs:

Size: 10.43 x 7.72 x 1.29 inches

Weight: 3 lbs

Included battery: 6 cell 56 WHr lithium-ion battery

Standby time: 11 hours

Band (frequency): 850 MHz;900 MHz;1800 MHz;1900 MHz;UMTS/HSPA+: AWS Band  IV / 2100 / 1900 / 850

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Starter Edition

Processor: Intel® ATOM™ Processor N450 (1.66 GHz; 512 KB L2 Cache)

Memory: 1 GB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM

Graphics: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150

Hard Drive: 160 GB 2.5-inch, 5400 RPM SATA

Display: 10.1-inch LED, 1024 x 600 Glossy WSGVA

Battery*: 6 cell 56 WHr lithium-ion battery Up to 8 hours Websurfing; 11 hours standby*

Ports: VGA, 3 USB 2.0 Ports, 5-in-1 Media Card Reader (SD Card Size), Headphone, Mic, Ethernet

Price: $250 with a 2 year contract. $450 without.

* Based on Dell Lab testing. Battery life varies by configuration, operating conditions and other factors. Maximum battery capacity decreases with time and use.

The video should give you a better idea on the size and look of the Dell Mini 10 from T-Mobile as well as some of the Pro’s and Con’s I could point out.


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Pro’s: Long battery life, fast 4g speeds, ultraportable, price (because of 2 year contract), unlimited access to HotSpot locations, textured Keys and sturdy feel when typing, sturdy overall feel of netbook

Con’s: $250 but only with a 2 year contract ($450 without) , 4G only in select cities so far, super sensitive mouse pad, white color bottom may attract dirt, location of webcam when opening lid is a fingerprint magnet.

Reality Grade: While some of my gripes are more of personal dislikes, like the placement of the webcam and color of the bottom for attracting dirt, the ultraportability of the Dell Mini 10 along with the speeds while surfing the net and checking email were fantastic.  I would say if you are in the market for a netbook then you should go to T-Mobile and check out the Dell Mini 10 4G.  It’s a powerful, sleek netbook that works on so many levels.  Good thing for you this review is also a !

Good Luck!

Giveaway Details: Like all our other giveaways, the rules are super simple. If you’re not already one of our 184,000 super-smart email subscribers, you need to be. That’s rule #1. Simply enter your email on the upper right hand side of any page (make sure to go back into your email to confirm). That’s all you need. What’s the email subscription for? Everytime we have an article or a giveaway, you get a copy on your email. That’s it. No solicitation, nothing sold, your information is 100% private. ZERO spam! Rule #2, simply comment below on why you want this little darling. Only one comment per person, per day is counted.

Additional chances: If you’re not our friend on Facebook yet, you’re totally missing out. Lots of our devoted FB friends have won awesome prizes. Simply “like” us on FB and be sure to comment on our articles and giveaways whenever you see one. Those entries count as well! Winners will be chosen randomly using all avenues by Feb 20, 2011. Got Youtube? Be our friend and comment on the video. Only one comment per person is considered, but it counts!

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  • http://twitter.com/AndroidSithLord Android Sith Lord ©

    I seriously wish everything had a touch screen……..at least then I wouldn’t be smearing my computer screen for no reason.

  • http://darrow.faithweb.com John Darrow

    2/15 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/JD_Denver_SW/status/37633676405641216
    john at darrows dot us
    Little Darlin ‘ …. Little Darlin’ …. Oh Oh oh Oh …. Wait! I want this little darling to take minutes at nonprofit Board meetings (actually, for me to take minutes with it. Need some software advances before I can let it take minutes for me.)

  • tracey langley

    giveaways here, giveaways there
    you guys got prizes everywhere
    britt’s got swag, you got a dell
    mrt is really swell

  • Anonymous

    Daily.Dell is the only company that supplies a restore disc out of the box just in case you need a factory restore. This is one of the reasons I want this netbook

  • http://darrow.faithweb.com John Darrow

    2/17 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/JD_Denver_SW/status/38373032082800640
    john at darrows dot us
    I want this little darling to take minutes at nonprofit Board meetings (actually, for me to take minutes with it. Need some software advances before I can let it take minutes for me.)

  • tracey langley

    here is my daily entry for you
    i’d like to win for me and my crew
    my daughter uses a computer for school
    my husband for a work-related tool
    my son is little and bangs on the keys
    i really need a new one … please

  • Hendy

    my daily entry-still hoping.

  • Anonymous

    http://twitter.com/tannawings/status/38524781418516480
    2/18
    Today David played pool league the first time since he broke his ankle! (he is in a walking cast finally) I woulda used this to entertain myself while they were shooting :)

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I like to win this because I don’t have a portable computer to carry around the house trying to get my kids school work done. All I have is a Dell desktop in the basement.

  • Anonymous

    Daily entry, Please pick me. I would love to have one of these

  • Anonymous
  • http://darrow.faithweb.com John Darrow

    2/18 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/JD_Denver_SW/status/38714848695156736
    john at darrows dot us
    I want this little darling to take minutes at nonprofit Board meetings (actually, for me to take minutes with it. There need to be some serious software advances before I can let it take minutes for me.)

  • http://darrow.faithweb.com John Darrow

    2/19 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/JD_Denver_SW/status/39081885023862784
    john at darrows dot us
    I want this little darling to take minutes at nonprofit Board meetings (actually, for me to take minutes with it. There need to be some serious software advances before I can let it take minutes for me.)

  • Msk3207

    OK guys and gals, still here drooling over all your techie giveaways. You guys ROCK! Thanks for another great giveaway!

    Melissa Kelley
    msk3207@aol.com

  • Msk3207

    OK guys and gals, still here drooling over all your techie giveaways. You guys ROCK! Thanks for another great giveaway!

    Melissa Kelley
    msk3207@aol.com

  • Msk3207

    OK guys and gals, still here drooling over all your techie giveaways. You guys ROCK! Thanks for another great giveaway!

    Melissa Kelley
    msk3207@aol.com

  • Anonymous

    Still here begging to be chosen. I really really want one.
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

  • Anonymous

    https://twitter.com/tannawings/status/39251884153909248
    2/20
    This little Dell would be great to use to play on- you know I love twitter- when David wasnt using it, I would borrow it :)

  • Anonymous
  • http://darrow.faithweb.com John Darrow

    2/20 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/JD_Denver_SW/status/39330310592274432
    john at darrows dot us
    I want this little darling to take minutes at nonprofit Board meetings (actually, for me to take minutes with it. There need to be some serious software advances before I can let it take minutes for me.)

  • Anonymous
  • Noonefan
  • stacey dempsey

    still fingers crossed and tweeting away @roswello
    facebook stacey dempsey

  • http://twitter.com/swisspotluck swisspotluck

    I would love to have this for its portability and usefulness for keeping track of things while doing stuff out in the world.

  • http://twitter.com/DNatrlBeauty Jennifer

    I would use it to keep track of favourite recipes…easy enough to transport to the kitchen…http://twitter.com/DNatrlBeauty/status/39528291392036864

  • Anonymous

    https://twitter.com/tannawings/status/39624374600339457
    2/21
    Monday oh Monday- this Dell would make a Monday less Monday-ish :) OK it would still be Monday but it would put a smile on hubby’s face!

  • Anonymous

    Daily entry again, Still hoping to win this great thing.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait. Look foward to seeing if I get chosen. I see people are still entering should I continue to enter daily?

  • tracey langley

    so busy this weekend didn’t get a chance to write
    about how i love the mrt site
    buttering up scores points, i hope
    cuz winning the dell mini is in my scope

  • http://twitter.com/DNatrlBeauty Jennifer

    I would use it to conduct research for my blog… http://twitter.com/DNatrlBeauty/status/39835585828888576

  • http://twitter.com/swisspotluck swisspotluck

    I would love this because I just inherited a hand me down Android Phone (with a few charging issues) and although it is easier to carry around than my laptop, it is a phone, not a computer and so it can’t quite do all that I would like.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    https://twitter.com/tannawings/status/41053806682849280
    2/25
    Today is Friday Friday! Gonna snow again- this little Dell would be nice to make notes on- it is small enough to take anywhere!

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I love you guy but the suspence is killing me. I love to win this netbook because It pops up in my dreams and in life

  • Anonymous

    https://twitter.com/tannawings/status/41425111017992192
    2/26
    This Dell would be sweet & keep David off his feet :)

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I love myrealtytech and would love to win this netbook because I need a portable device that is bigger than my iPhone but smaller than my pc

    Can someone from myrealitytech please give me an update on this article telling me when the draw will be and if it’s wrong for me to keep entering my contest comments

    Thanks and as you may know I’m following and participating all of myrealitytech

  • http://twitter.com/OnFostersMind On Foster’s Mind

    Congrats to Keith B. of Trinity, FL, Kathy L. of Nashville, TN, and Sean F. of Stroudsburg, PA!

  • http://twitter.com/toothfairycyber Tooth Fairy

    Thanks for these sweet chances! ☺
    ladybugcda (at) hotmail (dot) com