The Vostro ships in a tiny box that's barely larger than the computer itself. It would be tough for Dell to ship it in a smaller box.
Popping the top reveals the inner tray covering the top of the Vostro.
Removing the top of the inner tray reveals the Vostro in its protective plastic.
Also included in the box is a power supply, an Ubuntu CD and the (rather thin) user guide.
The Dell Vostro A90 is all its black, high-gloss glory. Time to install a Gelaskin to protect the glossy lid and to hide the Dell logo :)
The Vostro A90 opened. It's exactly the same hardware as the Mini 9 except that everything's black. It's being marketed to business users.
The Dell Mini 9 (left) next to the new Vostro A90 (right). Inside the machines are almost identical but externally the Vostro replaces all of the Mini 9's silver plastic (around the display bezel, keyboard and trackpad) with black. The Vostro is much more professional-looking IMHO.
The bottoms of the Mini 9 and Vostro A90 are mostly identical with one exception: the Vostro A90 was purchased with Ubuntu, hence no Windows XP Home Edition tag. (I learned my lesson the second go-around)
The Dell Mini 9 (left) and the Vostro A90 (right) with the bottom panel and batteries removed awaiting the SSD and memory swap.
The Dell Mini 9 (left) and the Vostro A90 (right) with the SSDs removed. You can see them sitting on the removed bottom panel at the bottom of the shot.
The Vostro A90 after a successful SSD and RAM migration from the Mini 9 it replaces.
The Dell Vostro A90 sitting on top of a MacBook Pro 15-inch unibody, both running Firefox and showing The Apple Core. This shot helps put the size of the Vostro A90 into better perspective - it's tiny!
The Dell Vostro A90 compared to the iPhone 3G that it replaces - Ha, ha, just kidding. :)