Dell Venue Review
More than a year ago, an Android powered Dell smartphone going by the codename of “Thunder” rocketed onto the scene showcasing the kind of engineering marvel that’s being concocted over in Dell’s camp. Fast forward to early this year in February, the Dell Venue finally became a reality by bringing all the wonderful things we saw with its Windows Phone 7 counterpart in the Dell Venue Pro – sans the keyboard though. On paper, this $99.99 on-contract Android 2.2 Froyo handset seems pretty bountiful with its perceived high-end specs, but it’ll be interesting to see how Dell’s Android beauty will stack up with the ever-evolving competition.
- Dell Venue
- microUSB Cable
- Wall Charger
- 16GB microSD card
- Stereo Headphones
- Getting Start Guide
- Warranty and Support Information
Exact in almost every way to its Windows Phone 7 sibling, except for the distinguishable fact that it’s a solid candybar handset without a keyboard, the Dell Venue’s industrial design sports some elegant qualities that ultimately make it shine in every way imaginable. With its angular cutouts, chrome trim plated sides, and sturdy pattered plastic rear casing, everything about the Dell Venue is characteristically appealing to look at and hold. Even though it’s not the slimmest (0.51” thick) or most compact (5.78 oz) thing we’ve seen, it’s nevertheless able to capture our attention with its refined design elements.
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Without a doubt, one of the defining things about the Dell Venue is its wickedly robust 4.1” WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED display with support for 16.7 million colors. Needless to say, everything pops out with its sharp details, vibrant looking color production, and high-contrast. Moreover, it sports some awesome viewing angles that enable colors to retain their appearance at every angle – though, it still requires a good shade outdoors. Even though it doesn’t offer any advantages, the curved nature of the display adds this neat looking distorting effect when viewing it at extreme angles.
Granted that it resorts to sticking with a three button layout, we don’t have any issues accidentally pressing any of the capacitive Android buttons below the display – mainly because they’re spaced evenly from one another. Meanwhile, we find its thin looking earpiece grill, light, and proximity sensors perched above the touchscreen.
Despite appearing flush to the surface, the dedicated power, volume, and shutter buttons exhibit a reasonable amount of feedback when pressed. Surprisingly enough, there’s a dedicated vibration switch located on the left side of the phone to instantly place it into vibration mode. Also, the 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, microphone, and speaker are located around its sides.
Placing our attention in the rear, we spot an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and its large chrome plated Dell logo. Sliding off the plastic rear cover, we gain access to its 1,400 mAh battery, SIM card, and microSD card slots.