Dell Venue Pro Hands-on

Dell Venue Pro Hands-on
After experiencing a couple of hiccups since it initially launched, it appears as though the Dell Venue Pro is finally turning around and making its grand debut to the masses – just in time for the holidays; for some though. Although shipment dates may vary for those who purchased the Windows Phone 7 smartphone, some are sure to be surprised to see their gift waiting for them soon. So far, we've seen some stellar Windows Phone 7 devices that truly stand out more than others – such as the Samsung Focus and HTC HD7. However, the Dell Venue Pro just might have the guts and spark to really supplant all others as possibly being the best Windows Phone 7 device thus far.

First and foremost, we're glad to see that Dell is finally sending out units to customers who purchased their phones earlier on in the month – in fact, they should start to arrive shortly. However, for those who waited a bit longer, they're faced with the possibility of being phone-less until next year. In any event, there's not much to say about the included accessories that come packaged with the smartphone seeing that it's your standard set of items – such as the wall charger, microUSB cable, and documentation. Luckily, we do find the stereo headphones included to be superior to most offerings since they have those suctioned ear buds to really provide a snug fit when worn.

Initially taking hold of the device, we're blinded by its beautiful and articulated industrial design that quite easily stands tall amongst other existing handsets out there. Granted that it feels a bit overwhelming when grasping it, everything from its quality construction and choice of materials makes for one undeniably sweet handset that's worth flaunting. When looking straight at the device, it might look pretty similar to other WP7 handsets boasting WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, but its stark difference is the fact that it employs an AMOLED panel instead. Sure it's not at the same level as the Super AMOLED panel in use with the Samsung Focus, but the Dell Venue Pro's curved glass is one striking characteristic. Now even though it doesn't improve visibility in any way from our initial look, it's just a unique looking design that differentiates itself from everything else out there.

Some of the notable features include its 4.1” WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 1024MB ROM, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, slide-out portrait style keyboard, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5mm headset jack, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, it lacks a microSD card slot which means you'll have to choose between buying either an 8GB or 16GB model. Naturally, the other standout item with the Dell Venue Pro is none other than its portrait style physical keyboard which shouldn't conflict in any way with the platform. We'd imagine that the Windows Phone 7 experience should remain consistent to what we've experienced on other devices we've checked out; especially with its high-end specs in tow. At this point, it's quite telling that Dell has the capacity and talent to craft top tiered smartphones, but we'll see how the Venue Pro holds up in our testing.

Expect our in-depth review shortly!

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Venue Pro
  • Display 4.1 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB,
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 7.5 Mango



8. Saad073

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Gorgeous phone. I just hope they still aren't having those hardware issues. It's a shame that it's T-Mobile only as I would almost instantly go for it on AT&T.

7. Bong unregistered

Well, Dell Venue Pro has 1GB ROM and that is by far the largest I've seen in any existing WP7. I guess it comes to no surprise that it is faster than any HTC WP7 handset.

3. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

@Vander09 I do not think it is faster than the other WP7 phones because the other devices has 1GHZ processor as well the Dell Venue, so I think there are about the same speed. Doesn't Windows 7 phones require 1GHz processors?

4. ice unregistered

though theyb have the same processing powers, that is not the only factor that determines speed of device. The release manufacture ROM type and how much memory it holds seems to make a diference as well. for example, though the htc surround and samsung focus have the same processin powers, the samsung focus seems to 1 up the os in terms of smoothness and speed by a noticable amount and yea i know thats hard to believe. if you caompare the two you'll notice that the samsung focus has twice the proccessing power of the htc surround.

5. ice unregistered

i mean ROM not proccessing (sry about that)

6. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Very true

2. danygandhi

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

What is the type of memory in Dell Venue Pro,is it a internal microsd or NAND

1. vander09

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Its a breatiful looking phone, and its looks faster than others, i dnt know, but is it faster than the others WP7 devices?

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