Dell Venue Pro Review
For the most part, you'll probably be content with the average looking shots captured by the handset's 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. In outdoor conditions, it presents a reasonable amount of fine detail and colors that are neutral in tone. However, we're constantly trying to fight off its sensitivity to changing the exposure – which tends to make images look too under-exposed. Conversely, image quality relaxes quite a bit in low lighting shots with the LED flash failing to even illuminate the scenery.
You just might want to close you eyes when shooting 720p videos with the Dell Venue Pro because it's missing some things that make other Windows Phone 7 devices excel in this category – like the lack of continuous auto-focus. After fighting with the change in white balance every now and then, we're treated to videos that are captured at a rate of 24 frames per second. However, closeups tend to make the video look fuzzy and not as sharp as we'd like. Horrifically, the capture speed drops to a dismal 5 frames per second in low lighting conditions – which means plenty of blurring all around.
Dell Venue Pro Sample Video:
Not straying far from the given path, the Zune experience on the Dell Venue Pro follows accordingly to everything else out there. Not only does it provide a sensual and visually appealing interface, but its speaker is able to capitalize on its strengths by emitting some deafening tones that are really sharp to the ear.
Thanks to its brilliant looking and sizable AMOLED display, watching high definition videos is more than satisfactory and pleasing to the eyes. Video playback is one area in which the Dell Venue Pro clearly excels, seeing that it recognizes DivX video, in addition to the usual support for 3GP, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and WMV. The movie trailer we used, encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, is able to move at a smooth rate without any evidence of sluggishness during its entire playback. Needless to say that its performance should more than keep you occupied for those some times long and arduous trips on the road.
Depending on which version you choose, the Dell Venue Pro is available in both 8GB or 16GB capacities – but with 720p video support, it's probably best to side with the larger one. Just remember, it doesn't offer a microSD card slot – so you're stuck with whatever you choose.
Internet and Connectivity:
Being a high-end smartphone and all, it'll prove its worth on trips overseas since it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (850/1700/2100 MHz) device. Domestically, you'll be able to obtain 3G speeds through T-Mobile's network, but in the event that it's not present, you can always switch to using the handset's built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Finally, the Dell Venue Pro sports Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR to enable other wireless devices, like headsets, to connect with the smartphone.
Large screen, check. Fast processor in tow, check. Just those two items alone make the web browsing experience very uplifting and usable with its fast page loads, fluid responsiveness in scrolling, and real estate to see complex web pages in full fidelity. Additionally, it features double tap and multi-touch gesture support to zoom in/out to specific portions of a page. Even though it still lacks support for Flash Player 10.1, the overall experience is very polished and operates at a high degree.
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: 335; 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 .