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Dell Venue Pro Review

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Dell Venue Pro Review
Even though its earpiece is able to emit some blasting tones, there is a little bit of static noise that's noticeable when volume is placed to its maximum. Moreover, voices through it sound muffled while our callers didn't have any problems hearing our distinctive and neutral toned voices on their end. As far as the speakerphone is concerned, it's volume output is more acceptable, but much like the experience through the earpiece, voices tend to sound muffled in tone.

Somewhat of a surprise, we experienced on numerous occasions the handset aggressively dropping signal bars by simply grasping it towards the bottom edge. In fact, it went from 5 full bars all the way down none in a matter of a minute, and upon releasing it, the amount of bars would eventually go back to normal. Despite this, we didn't experience any dropped calls while holding the phone in that specific position.

Battery life is average on the Dell Venue Pro as we were able to obtain 18 hours of normal usage before requiring a recharge. Naturally, light users will easily get a solid day of use, but heavy users will want to juice it up whenever the opportunity arises. Talk time with the Dell Venue Pro's 1400mAh battery is rated at 7 hours.


Conclusion:

First and foremost, the Dell Venue Pro is one of the most beautifully designed smartphones in recent memory as its unique looking industrial design radiates a sense of polish at every angle. However, its overall performance is mediocre at best in specific categories like battery life, camera quality, and calling quality – and not to mention the gleaming issue we witnessed with signal bars dramatically dropping. Regardless, the Windows Phone 7 experience is no different from everything else out there on the market. And when it's priced at $99 for the 8GB version ($150 for the 16GB one), it's more than a steal when you factor in its impressive set of features. So, if you've bypassed all other Windows Phone 7 devices to date, you'll surely come to appreciate what the Dell Venue Pro has to offer.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 7.0.7004.0

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Pros

  • Beautiful and solid design
  • Usable physical portrait keyboard
  • Responsive platform
  • Fairly inexpensive

Cons

  • Hefty in size & weight
  • Fluctuating signal strength
  • Muffled sounding voices
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posted on 21 Dec 2010, 16:29 1

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i want this one soooo bad! 0-0

posted on 25 Dec 2010, 07:52 1

2. celldude (unregistered)


Business class look

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 07:24

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..

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 16:26 1

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...

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 08:43 2

5. Swerveut (unregistered)


The design is a rip-off on the Nokia X6. Nothing original about it.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:52 1

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 15:12 1

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!

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 10:26 1

8. cdgoin (Posts: 367; 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 11:31 1

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.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 07:44 1

11. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; 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.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 23:40

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.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:37

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

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 11:49

13. maddymahipal (unregistered)


hows the phone plz say me i want to buy it .

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Dell Venue Pro

Dell Venue Pro

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.1 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (228 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.76 x 2.54 x 0.59 inches
(121 x 64.4 x 14.9 mm)
6.74 oz  (191 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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