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All posts tagged "venue pro"


Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Week with a Dell Venue Pro

Posted by Don Tolson in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: Dell
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: $499 USD for T-Mobile with no contract
System Requirements: Windows Phone 7. You'll need a Windows Live or Hotmail account to take full advantage of the social media and marketplace.
Specifications: 1Ghz CPU, 8Gb internal storage; 4.1 WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED screen; Quad band (850/900/1800/1900) GPRS; Tri band UTMS (900/1700/2100), GPS, 5mp colour camera w/autofocus + LED flash, 720p HD video recording; BT 2.1 EDR, 802.11b/g; 3.5mm stereo audio jack; microUSB 2.0; digital compass and G-Sensor; 120mm (4.8in) x 62mm (2.5in) x 13mm (0.5in); 190g (6.8 oz). Full specs are available at the Dell Site.

Pros:

  • Large, bright screen with portrait sliding keyboard (no need to rotate the unit);
  • Solidly built.

Cons:

  • Screen pixels seem to have 'space' between them, creating a pixelated look to some images;
  • Weight distribution is affected by sliding out the keyboard -- makes one-handed operation difficult;
  • Bluetooth seems to have difficulty re-establishing connections.

Summary: While the Dell Venue Pro has been out and about for a number of months now, we don't hear much about it in the press or in advertisements. There was a lot of initial buzz about the new look of Dell's first venture into Windows Phone 7 and the 'portrait' slider keyboard. But here in Canada, it's been very difficult to get a hold of one, since none of the major cellular suppliers (Rogers, Bell or Telus) support it on their networks. But never fear, we here at Windows Phone Thoughts don't let a little thing like network support stop us! We managed to snag one to play with for a week or so thought you might be interested in what we found. Read on.... Read more...


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Someone Finally Realizes That Windows Phone is A Lot Cheaper Than Blackberry

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:30 PM

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/ne...tm_campaign=rss

"Dell is shifting 25,000 of its employees, or one-quarter of its work force, from Research in Motion's BlackBerry to its own Windows Phone 7-powered Venue Pro. The company is still in discussions with T-Mobile USA, the carrier for the Venue Pro, for buying voice and data in bulk."

Yea yea yea, it's all nice and good that Dell is switching en masse to Windows Phone 7. However the article contains a line that I've been wondering when the heck we'd see for years now: "The company says that the switch will save money (as it will no longer need to pay for RIM's services)". Wow, you mean it's cheaper when you don't have to pay for RIM's servers to push mail to you? You mean, actually rely on technology present in Windows Mobile since Windows Mobile 5?!? And you don't even get the added benefit of periodic worldwide outages due to some server in RIM's headquarters going crazy?

Needless to say, in my opinion, the real story here is a company waking up and realizing they can get everything they want out of Microsoft's product lines, without the bloat and extra charges inherent to Blackberry. First doesn't mean best, and unless RIM realizes that, Blackberry is going to be in trouble over the next few years.


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