Dell Venue Pro Review
Much like the other Windows Phone 7 handsets out on the market, the Dell Venue Pro is also sporting a speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM and 1024MB of ROM. Again, it makes for a responsive experience in navigating the halls of Windows Phone 7 without any noticeable evidence of lag or slowdown – and isn't that the consistent theme we see with the platform? Scrolling long lists or moving around its dynamic looking homescreen interface is no problem for this equipped smartphone as everything you do exhibits a responsive performance. Personalization might still be skimp versus other mobile platforms, but you can modify its color theme and move around some tiles on the homescreen to your liking. And since the Dell Venue Pro sports a portrait style keyboard, you're not going to run into any anomalies with the platform, unlike with the LG Quantum.
With your address book, you can associate an eclectic mix of information for each contact in your list. Moreover, you can sync contacts stored on other services, like Gmail or Facebook, directly onto the phone so that it'll all blend together when using the “People” Hub.
Obviously, the handset's physical keyboard will more than likely be the first choice when it comes to inputting text. However, the on-screen options prove useful as well seeing that the Dell Venue Pro's large screen provides ample sized buttons and a responsive nature to make speed typing such a joy. And naturally, the landscape option will only enhance the experience as it provides your fingers with adequate space.
Setting up email is pretty much a simple process as you'll only be required to provide your email address and password for automatic set up. But if you happen to use one that's not generic, you'll be asked to give specific pieces of information, such as server addresses and ports, to correctly set up on the phone. Lastly, you can pin a tile for each respective email account to the homescreen to give you quick access to them.
Social networking is naturally well implemented with the platform as the “People” Hub will aggregate content from your Windows Live and Facebook accounts. Within it, you'll be able to post your own status message or even reply with a comment to certain posts from your friends. There's no support for alternative services like MySpace and Twitter.
Since the version we're using has support for T-Mobile's 3G bands, there are quite a few preloaded apps, which shows its ties with the carrier – like the Family Room and T-Mobile TV apps. Aside from the customary set of Windows Phone 7 apps, we also find things like Pageonce Finance, TeleNav GPS Navigator, and Newsroom – the latter of which essentially provides data and information for the weather, stocks, and news. And unlike some of the other manufacturers, there is no unique app store with the Dell Venue Pro.
2. celldude (unregistered)
Business class look
3. atxanon (unregistered)
My only negative is that Dell didn't include instructions on installing the battery or sim with the included manuals of the venue pro. Took me an hour to finally find a forum post that explained it..
4. GettingAVenue (unregistered)
@atxanon - any chance you can re-post the forum post, or a link to it? :) My Venue Pro is in the mail...
5. Swerveut (unregistered)
The design is a rip-off on the Nokia X6. Nothing original about it.
6. ton (unregistered)
It's a very nice phone, But under T-mobile the signal is really bad, Can't enjoy the capabilities of the phone to its fullest. I used to have a sidekick and the signal was better so I am thinking the phone is the issue.
7. bonnie (unregistered)
solid phone! WP operating system is smooth, fast, easy to use and this phone looks sleek and powerful. Im glad I got one!
8. cdgoin (Posts: 336; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
I posted my review a few days after getting the phone. Over a month later and I STILL LOVE IT.. battery life has gotten better, internet speed is also better, have even seen HSPDA+ speeds (20-30MG) when I have a solid signal. Only thing lacking is the camera. But to be honest, I havent seen a cell phone camera shoot great pictures in dim light. NO Scratches at all and I put the phone in my pocket a lot with keys what have you. The gorilla glass is all it claims to be. I should also mention I have very large hands and I find typing with my thumbs on the keyboard a TON easier than using the touchscreen.
10. VermicidE (unregistered)
I have this phone for over 2 months now, I still like it but it has an issue; the dust particles collects under the glass cover screen. I don't know how the dust gets inside as the phone seems to be air tight but the dus is noticable under the screen and can't be removed. This is pretty bad and I can only see it getting worse.
Besides that this phone is missing an LED notification light otherwise I need to wake the phone up to see if i received something.
11. Hallucinator (Posts: 337; Member since: 24 May 2010)
If i could get this phone on Verizon I would trade my Iphone in a heartbeat. Beautiful phone and I'm dying to try wp7.
12. The_Runk (unregistered)
The screen is made of Gorilla glass, but don't be fooled. I had mine for a few weeks and it vibrated off the counter and splintered the glass in a million pieces. Gorilla glass my butt. Dell wants 249 to replace. I can buy a new one for 300... what a waste.
14. enzo (unregistered)
iphones are also made of gorilla glass, but i'm sure if you drop anything made of glass off a counter, its gonna shatter. The gorilla glass is mainly supposed to be more scratch resistant
13. maddymahipal (unregistered)
hows the phone plz say me i want to buy it .