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Dell Venue Pro Review

Dell Venue Pro

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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.

Camera interface - Dell Venue Pro Review
Camera interface - Dell Venue Pro Review
Camera interface - Dell Venue Pro Review
Camera interface - Dell Venue Pro Review

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Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review
Samples taken with the Dell Venue Pro - Dell Venue Pro Review

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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.

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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.

Zune - Dell Venue Pro Review
Zune - Dell Venue Pro Review
Zune - Dell Venue Pro Review

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.

Video playback is one area in which the Dell Venue Pro clearly excels - Dell Venue Pro Review
Video playback is one area in which the Dell Venue Pro clearly excels - Dell Venue Pro Review

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.

Web browsing - Dell Venue Pro Review
Web browsing - Dell Venue Pro Review
Web browsing - Dell Venue Pro Review
Web browsing - Dell Venue Pro Review


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Dell Venue Pro

Dell Venue Pro

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.1 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (228 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB 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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