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Dell Venue Pro Hands-on

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Dell Venue Pro Hands-on
Dell Venue Pro has an elegant body with chrome edges
Dell Venue Pro has an elegant body with chrome edges

Dell Venue Pro has an elegant body with chrome edges

Want to get physical with your QWERTY? Not a fan of switching from portrait to landscape in the process? If this sounds like you, then there's just one suitable Windows Phone 7 handset out there at launch, the Dell Venue Pro.

"Slick" and "chunky", two words not often used together when describing the same thing, yet the Dell Venue Pro (previously known as the Dell Lightning) fuses both into a paradoxical package we're very excited about. When we handle Dell's creation, the chrome edges and sharp styling, coupled with the fine detailing on the back cover come together beautifully. It is bigger than the other phones with no physical QWERTY and that may put some users off, but with good attention paid to styling, we're sure a lot of people will simply love the body of the Dell Venue Pro.

Solid specs all round with a 4.1-inch Gorilla Glass display, 5MP Camera on the back and, we expect a 1GHz processor on board, the Dell Venue Pro certainly is leaving a sweet taste in our mouths. The highlight of this hardware sugar-fest? You guessed it, the portrait QWERTY.

Glide up the screen with the smooth slider mechanism and the Venue Pro fascia leaves a keyboard in its trail. As our thumbs curiously wander across the keyboard, we can feel our way around the individual raised letters with a degree of ease. They're well separated and semi-rubberized, leaving our first impressions of both keyboard and device glowing. The Dell Venue Pro will make an appearance stateside with T-Mobile and should be available in time for the Holiday season.

Dell Venue Pro Specifications

Dell Venue Pro next to other European Windows Phone 7 handsets

Dell Venue Pro next to other European Windows Phone 7 handsets

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I just can't accept this form factor; but I am a minority on this i guess...

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 14:33

2. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

My old sharp phone looks exactly like this but just smaller handheld bar phone with vertical slider keypads, thus I really look into this phone. WX-T82 was the name I think.

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 11:09

7. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

my thumbs are too big and long to use a portrait qwerty. I have problems on my Wife's Palm Pre.

posted on 09 Nov 2010, 21:30

10. matuag (unregistered)

i'd say your the majority, VERY few phones have this form factor, which is bad for me because I love this form factor. I'm lost without a hardware querty and i don't have the patience for the screen to rotate from portrait to landscape when its a landscape keyboard. Likely jumping from Sprint Palm Pre to Tmobile for this phone.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 16:36

3. rafaelnxxux (unregistered)

Hey, this one looks really great, and it seems it feels nice too :D. Way better than the HD7 in these areas.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 21:08

4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1298; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Portrait keyboard fails...HD7 wins! Almost Dell almost.

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 14:06

9. YKID? (unregistered)

NO amoled/samoled fail.....Venue pro wins! Almost HTC almost.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 22:29

6. 2lazy2login (unregistered)

That is your point of view... on a personal level, I do not use any qwerty keyboard, and opt for the soft keyboards (swype is my favorite) 99% of the time. I use my phone in portrait mode about 80% of the time anyways as I just prefer to read things top to bottom over longer left to right. Web Searching would be easy nav with a hardware keyboard with portrait style use. This will definitely hit a market, and be received well. I would buy it... but alas, CDMA gets no WinMo7 love form MS until mid 2011... jealous of you tmo and att users stateside... but at least there should be no excuses for a vzw lte phone or a sprint wimax phone... right?

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 18:46

5. grags (unregistered)

i just can't believe they made such a wretched look operating system. i thought nothing could out-ugly the KIN and be less user friendly than Android.

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 16:57

8. abdulnazeer (unregistered)

this is the phone i ve been waitin for where i can use it with one hand and stil hav all the top end specifications with a large screen. not to forget the real web page browsing. my current phone is htc desire

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