Dell Venue Pro

Basic Specs

Thickness 0.6 inches
Weight 0.42 pounds
Form factor Slider
Physical keypad QWERTY
Screen size (diagonal) 4.1 inches
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.8 inches
Width 2.5 inches
Thickness 0.6 inches
Weight 0.42 pounds
Form factor Slider
Color Black / Silver
Physical keypad QWERTY

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.1 inches
Technology AMOLED
Pixel arrangement RGBG (PenTile)
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 228
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Other carriers T-Mobile
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1700
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model QSD8250
Clock speed 1 GHz

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External type microSD

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7

Battery

Capacity 1400 mAh

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7.4

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  • Software 9
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by nodonuts (Currently owns)

    I have been using this phone for more than 6 months now. I got unlocked one from Amazon for less than 300$, It's a bargain for what this phone has to offer. The fact that i get the updates immediately without carrier meddling with it is worth the money spent to get unlocked one.

    I love the keyboard, I was never a fan of the touch screen keyboards and horizontal slide out keyboards. Changing the orientation of the phone just to type seems to be a compromise. This phone is a blessing for me. Amazing form factor, I am surprised there are very few phone with this form factor.

    I owned Samsung captivate and Samsung focus before switching to this, both with S-AMOLED screen, I can say that the display of this device is on par or better than those devices.

    The camera of this phone is less than average. Software is the best. The email client kicks serious butt. I use this phone for lot of emailing, Super awesome email client with the super awesome keyboard makes for a killer combo.

    Over all i am pretty impressed with this phone.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by SirGibler (Currently owns)

    Background:
    The Dell Venue Pro is my third smartphone that I bounce SIM cards between (the other two, for the curious, are the HTC Inspire 4G, and Apple iPhone 4S). I bought the Venue Pro just as Mango was release rumors were warming up, and just out of curiosity checked the pricing on an unlocked, AT&T compatible Venue Pro. And, to my surprise, I found it to be reasonably priced at $300 new from Dell. I was primarily using an iPhone 4 at the time (my Inspire tends to be a play-toy for Android ROMs), so I was interested in living with Windows Phone 7.

    Hardware:
    The Venue Pro is a mixed bag when it comes to hardware. The curved Gorilla glass protects a beautiful AMOLED display that Windows Phone 7 really needs because of the often black backgrounds of Metro-inspired apps. My gripe with the glass is that it's a real oil magnet in comparison with my iPhone and I find myself constantly wiping the phone on my shirt. I'm also disappointed in the number of small scratches on the display only after using the phone sparingly. The portrait keyboard is great because WP7 is (for the most part) a portrait OS. A problem I have with the keyboard, however, is that the top part of the phone isn't quite level when the keyboard is closed. (photo: http://goo.gl/uePwG ) It might not look major, but you can definitely feel it. The camera isn't the greatest, but I wasn't expecting it to be that great. Slow shutter speed and poor white balance seem to be the root causes of the lackluster photographs. Here are some sample shots: http://goo.gl/iggJr http://goo.gl/EiLbN http://goo.gl/nTDdi http://goo.gl/UkU6q http://goo.gl/2eHl8

    Software:
    There are plenty of Mango reviews out there, and I'm sure you've read them. Mango is great and I could see myself using it daily; however, there's no way of getting around the fact that there is a lacking of great apps in the Marketplace. And even if the app you're looking for is in the Marketplace, it probably costs more than it would on another platform — Angry Birds is $2.99, for example. Luckily, this it's getting better everyday as developers are realizing that the dev. tools for Windows Phone are very similar to developing for Windows 8.

    Wrap-Up:
    The Venue Pro is a great phone powered by great software; however, Dell and Microsoft can't keep expecting Windows Phone to take off without 3rd party developers. If you're looking for a Windows Phone with a keyboard I would recommend the Dell Venue Pro — not just because it's you're only real option — but because I think it's a great, reasonably cheap unlocked phone.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by okravetz (Currently owns)

    The construction is generally good and the hardware keyboard is phenomenal, but the device tends to be a little heavy due to the addition of the keyboard. Also, since purchasing the phone, I've been increasingly using the superb software keyboard that Windows Phone offers, so the keyboard has become less relevant.

    The AMOLED display is gorgeous, with deep blacks, bright colors, and crisp images, even on the lowest of brightness settings.

    The device only has a rear-facing camera and is only 5MP, which was standard when the phone was released, but a little dated now. Pictures, however, are crisp and colors are great. The Mango update enabled tapping the screen to take the picture which was a great help as using the hardware button would always cause the picture to blur as it is impossible to use it to take a picture without causing the phone to move. The camera button, along with the appropriate settings in Mango, allow the user to go straight to the camera app with a click-n-hold, even if the phone is locked or the screen is off.

    Call quality is great, but reception is limited by T-Mobile's below average coverage as compared to the other three.

    Performance is great, especailly after the Mango update. Everything loads smoothly and quickly.

    Windows Phone 7, and the later update Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango", is a great operating system which has been reviewed in greater depth on other parts of the site, which do a better job than I can. I am a fan, with the caveat of the ecosystem, below.

    Batterly lasts all day on a full charge in daily use. This includes making calls, listening to audio podcasts, watching video podcasts, playing games, using apps, & browsing the web. After heavy use I have gotten to the point where Mango's battery saver feature had turned itself on, though. But it extends the life of the phone by hours. Prior to the Mango update, heavy use would always cause the phone to die before I got home from work.

    The ecosystem is strong and growing, but still lacking in many popular apps found on competitors app stores. The ecosystem could be better and is slowly improving, but a majority of the apps that one would need are available. This, too, is covered elsewhere on the site in better detail.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by FloGer (Currently owns)

    Good hardware, a little heavy and bulky though...

    Performance is good, as any Windows Phone due to the minimum hardware requirements Microsoft imposes. The battery life is good.

    The camera is unusable. During the day the colors are not right, and as soon as there is a little motion or not enough light, the image gets blurry...

    The display is very nice, so is the keyboard.

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    Reviewed by jhoeforth (Currently owns)

    Great hardware design married with top-notch software but hobbled by few but critical flaws: poor camera and crappy wifi chip. This could've easily been the first “real” Windows Phone.

    Dell Venue Pro’s hardware design is really gorgeous. It stands out when put side-by-side with other phones. The back design is also a nice touch. The curve gorilla glass and AMOLED display makes the phone look classy. However, I am a little turned off on how it looks from side, thick slab of glossy silver metal. I’m a big fan of QWERTY keyboard and DVP did not disappoint on this aspect. I like it so much that I can honestly say it is better than Blackberry keyboards!

    I have yet to experience any wifi connectivity woes but the lack of support for internet sharing because of the crappy wifi chip is annoying (even deal breaker for some of my friends). Camera performs ok in general but is downright unusable when taking pictures in motion or at night.

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