Dell Venue Pro Review

November 11, 2010, By Alex Ion

Dell Venue Pro is not just another Windows Phone 7 smartphone, it’s the Dell’s flagship model that promises to make a difference. But where exactly does the Venue Pro stand compared with other WP7 handsets, against the iPhone 4 or the best Android devices in the market? Check out our review below.

First impressions

Dell has been into the smartphone business before. Their Dell Streak has managed to get attention but it wasn’t the hot product we all expected. This time they listened to the market and have come up with a device that comes with fairly new specs and a rather interesting form factor (given its potrait-sliding QWERTY keyboard and the fact that it’s actually BIG).

The Venue Pro really is obviously meant for business more than the regular Jane and Joe, which is why (maybe) it’s been built with higher quality materials that actually get the eye.

Dell Venue Pro Specs Dissected

The interesting thing about the Venue Pro is that it’s a slider — it comes with a narrow designed QWERTY keyboard that slides out vertically. If you get over the fact that the buttons are small, you’ll notice that they’re actually easy to press, mainly because of the distinct bounce and rubbery texture. And speaking of easy typing, we had absolutely no problem typing with only one hand while driving for example.

Display. It’s a 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive, multitouch display (800 x 400 pixels) with Gorilla Glass that not only brings “unparalleled damage resistance and protection” it also helps with its form factor. Again, this is meant for business, so it’s quite thin (2.5 x 4.8 x 0.6 in). Verdict: sharp and vibrant, to say the least, but quite bulky — so make sure you’ll have one in your hand and see how it feels, before you decide buying one for Christmas.

Other specs: Under the hood a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor and the 512MB of RAM are making sure you’re enjoying a speedy experience. It also features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and supports geo-tagging. But that’s not the best camera we’ve seen — not really bad also, given it takes pics @ 2592 х 1944 res).

There’s also a 3.5mm headphone socket and 16GB of onboard memory, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR connectivity,  a G-sensor, e-compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, FM radio, GPS and a micro USB slot.

Software side

Dell Venue Pro lacks when it comes to customizing the Windows Phone 7 build. Unlike other smartphones that run on the same stock WP7 OS but add proprietary apps to enhance your experience, the Venue Pro won’t bring much to the table. But there are more than 2,000 apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace right now, so you should be good when it comes to installing additional software for your Venue Pro.

It does however offer (like all other WP7 smartphones) built-in Office apps so that you can edit, view or create documents on the go, brings integration with Microsoft services (gaming fans will love it as it allows you to take your gaming experience on the road and play games on Xbox LIVE).

The Dell Venue Pro is quite capable in terms of multimedia features. It supports MP3, WAV, eAAC+ and WMA for audio files, and MP4, 3GP, H.264 and WMV for video formats.

Bottom Line

“We see the Venue Pro for everyday people with a diverse range of full and busy lives”, says Dell. “They need to stay connected, be productive and keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family. Dell designed the Venue Pro to be a multi-purpose always-connected device to help people be more efficient, always connected and entertained”. And it’s that exactly, a business smartphone with interesting specs. However we can’t say for sure it’s going to actually take on trendier offerings from Samsung, LG and HTC.

At least it beats the Blackberry Torch at it.


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