Windows Phone 7 Device Review: Dell Venue Pro

Dell Venue Pro Back This is Dell’s first attempt at a Windows device since they left the Windows Mobile platform a few years ago. Even though Dell returned to mobile devices with Android earlier this year, they were out of the market for a good time. The last time they had a mobile device with a Microsoft OS in the market was their Axim X51v series. The Axim line was extremely successful and Dell took a lot of criticism after deciding to pull out of the (then PDA) mobile market.

The Venue Pro is a well-crafted device, it shows no sign of Dell being out of the mobile market for any amount of time. The quality and close attention to detail shows in this device where even the front of the device (which could have been made of clear polycarbonate like any other phone) is made of Gorilla Glass which is a tough anti-scratch-and-shatter-resistant material.

The Dell Venue Pro will be released for the GSM market in the T-Mobile network. Unfortunately, it will be locked up for the T-Mobile  network, but the hardware right out of the box is supposed to support the GSM and UMTS bands used in the US by both T-Mobile and AT&T. I wouldn’t count out the possibility of buying an unlocked Venue from Dell itself or a third party and using it in either network. Please have in mind that there are no unlocked prices or even availability information out there right now.

Advist Slider Smartphone Another highlight of this phone is the screen. This is going to be a 4.1” AMOLED display that will be as bright as they come. The slide-out keyboard is portrait-oriented. This means that when you are typing on the keyboard you get the same feel that you would get with a blackberry-style keyboard. The keys feel a bit larger than with other keyboards that have the same portrait orientation (Palm Pre, Blackberry, BlackJack II, etc). The Venue is rumored to come either with 8Gb or 16Gb of memory, although only the 8Gb has been officially announced.

Advist Slider Smartphone Hardware-wise it feels a very classy design which complements the OS so well.

No big thrills were added to this device when it comes to software, although we are still waiting to see if T-Mobile adds a Marketplace section of their own (like AT&T is doing). Dell has also announced a series of applications that will be bundled along with the Venue Pro, no confirmation on which ones they are yet.

 

Technical Specs

Display:

4.1” AMOLED

Processor:

Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1Ghz

Memory

ROM:

1 Gb Flash

RAM:

512 Mb

Internal Storage:

8 Gb

Camera

Picture:

5 MP, LED flash, Autofocus

Video:

720p HD Video

GPS:

Yes

Accelerometer:

Yes

Compass:

Yes

FM Radio:

Yes

Size:

121.6mm x 64.4mm x 14.9mm

Weight:

191g

Battery Life:

3hs Talk – 336hs Standby

Networks:

GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900

EDGE

HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA 5.6

UMTS 900, UMTS 1700, UMTS 2100

Distinctive Feature:

  • Gorilla Glass
  • Portrait Keyboard

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About Diego Samuilov

Editor in Chief/Founder Diego Samuilov is an executive, consultant, IT strategist and book, e-book and web published author. Diego has worked in Microsoft’s environments since 1990. Since then, he has successfully filled many positions related to the Software Development lifecycle. Having worked as a developer, analyst, technical lead, project lead, auditor and, since 1996 a project manager, manager, director and VP in the Software Development, Server, Desktop and Mobile environments. Diego is very passionate about the software development process, which has played a great part in his skills development. Since the introduction of the first ever PDA (the Apple Newton MessagePad) in 1994 and Windows CE in 1998 he has pioneered and pushed the envelope in the field of mobile software development. He has developed many solutions used in mobile markets, desktop and server environments. He participates in public and private developer community events. He actively collaborates with the community at support forums and blogs. Diego is the author of "Windows Phone for Everyone" available [HERE].