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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.


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


  • 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...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dell Venue Pro Has Some Issues

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"Once I started to download some apps (I only have about 15 on the phone) and use the phone for what it is, a pocket computer, that's when things start to go wrong. I started to notice some lag, and some freezing issues. It wasn't much at first, but then gradually increased through use. If I had a heavy day of use with the phone, I would start to see it freeze about 3-4 time throughout the course of the day. The freezing would usually clear up if you let the phone sit idle for about 3 minutes or so, but that shouldn't happen. Then came the crashes..."

Quality control issues at the manufacturer, some operating system problems...these are hiccups we've known and (mostly) tolerated during the days of Windows Mobile, but not something we should expect or gloss over with Windows Phone 7. But wait, it gets worse. Apparently despite Dell originally advertising the Venue Pro as carrying 512MB RAM, the shipping model only has 256MB. That in itself might explain the freezing and crashing problems, though there's a mention that switching the internal MicroSD card to a Class 4 model has had some success in alleviating them (warning: doing this will invalidate your warranty and require a hard reset). Any readers have the Venue Pro and seen the same issues?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dell Roadmap Gives Hints of New Hardware

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:30 PM

"To wit: the Dell Wrigley, due out in July 2011 with a 1GHz processor, a 4" WVGA screen, an 8 megapixel camera on the back capable of 720p video recording. What's more, the Wrigley is branded as "Windows Phone 7 Next Gen," which more than implies that a) a big Windows Phone update will come before then and b) the Wrigley will ship with it."

It looks like we won't have to wait too much longer for the second wave of WP7 phones to come our way. It's good to see Dell wasn't turned off of the Windows Phone 7 OS after the Venue Pro's problem-ridden launch. The specs look good but it is disappointing to see a lack of a dual-core processor, 1080p recording and front facing camera. In terms of OS, it is unclear what Dell means by "Windows Phone 7 Next Gen." Do they mean NoDo or Mango? If its NoDo, where are the phones that'll be released with Mango? If it is Mango, why are the specs so low in comparison to other phones that will be released later this year? Either way it is good to see Dell staying in the game.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Got a Question About the Dell Venue Pro? Ask Grahm

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 06:14 PM

My friend Grahm Skee from anythingbutipod got his hands on the Dell Venue Pro, and he's kicked off a thread in his forums offering to answer questions about it. Curious? Stop by. I wish I could get my hands on a Venue Pro...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dell Venue Pro Video Unboxing

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 02:43 PM

Curious about the new Dell Venue Pro? Here it is being unboxed, straight from being purchased at the Microsoft company store. This looks like a great device, but it's a crying shame about the 8 GB storage limitation. I find it really baffling that so many first-generation Windows Phone 7 devices are locked into that level of storage - sure, I know it's about cost, but is the BOM cost of an extra 8 GB really so high?

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

"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.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First Impressions: HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:00 PM

"When it comes to Windows Phone 7 devices, AT&T might win in quantity, but we think T-Mobile wins in quality...Both the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro will be headed to T-Mobile shelves this holiday season, and frankly, we can't wait to get our hands on these phones, as they both offer enticing designs."

Bonnie Cha from CNet spent some time with the HD7 and Venue Pro during WP7's launch ceremony, and I'll admit to being envious. Both are expected to hit the shelves in mid to late November. Check out the link for a gallery of both and a video.

Monday, October 11, 2010

T-Mobile Gets The Dell Lightning

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 06:30 PM

Surprise, surprise! I was under the impression that the first slate of Windows Phone 7 would be a bunch of touch-centric handsets with nary a keyboard toting device among them. My bad, I haven't been following the rumours as closely as I should have. Then along comes HTC and Samsung with QWERTY sliders, and Dell blazing a trail with a portrait slider phone, which among the usual specs offers a 4.1" WVGA AMOLED screen. The Venue Pro nee Lightning is apparently heading exclusively for T-Mobile (hit the link for a couple more pics). Price and availability haven't been announced yet, but stay tuned over the next few weeks - I don't think Dell's going to miss the holidays with this beastie (although Samsung's stranglehold over AMOLED supply has me crossing my fingers). With that form factor, I'm betting there's going to a be a lot of interest.

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the Dell Venue Pro

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 11:56 AM

"With a 4.1" AMOLED display coupled with a built-in portrait keyboard, The Dell Venue Pro is designed both for productivity and entertainment."

14.9mm isn't too bad in terms of thickness for a bottom-keyboard slider. I liked the name "Lighting" more than Venue Pro, but I'll forgive Dell because the 4.1" AMOLED screen with a keyboard gives you potentially the best of both worlds. This phone is definitely on my short list!

  • 4.1" 800x480 AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla® Glass
  • 121.6 mm x 64.4 mm x 14.9 mm191g
  • 1GB Flash ROM + 512MB DDR SDRAM
  • 8GB 16 GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 3 hrs/Standby: 336 hrs
  • 5MP camera / 720p HD video
  • Vertical slide out qwerty

UPDATE: Incredibly, Microsoft's Press page had even more incorrect data. The Dell Venue will come with 16 GB! A big improvement over 8 GB...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Asus, Dell, HTC, LG, Samsung All Working on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:30 PM

"While there's still shockingly few details about the launch of the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has now at least revealed a list of manufacturers that will be producing the first set of Phone 7 handsets. The Inquirer reports that Asustek, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung are all working on Windows Phone 7 devices, although you won't be able to find names, technical specs, or pictures for any of these devices just yet."

There's not much that's new here, other than a confirmation that those OEMs are still on board - perhaps a verification that they haven't given up on Windows Phones like HP has. Looking at the above image though, which comes from a February 15th Engadget story, one has to ask what happened to Sony Ericsson? I've sent inquiries to both Microsoft PR and Sony Ericsson PR and will post their responses when I get them.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Dell Lightning: One Hot Windows Phone 7 Device!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 04:39 PM

We knew that Dell was one of the Windows Phone 7 launch partners, but I wasn't expecting something like this from them - to be honest, I didn't know what I was expecting - but the Lightning looks awesome! I'm digging that keyboard if the device thickness is kept under control. I generally adore my HD2, but the on screen keyboard sucks. It really, really sucks. Until someone can come up with a software keyboard as good as what Apple has on the iPhone, I really want to have a hardware keyboard on my next phone.

Engadget has a few slides from a leaked PowerPoint deck, but the basic rundown is a 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor (the QSD8250), a 4.1 inch OLED screen at WVGA (800 x 480), AT&T and T-Mobile 3G support (in the same model? Maybe two models?), a five megapixel autofocus camera (I think I see a flash there too), 1 GB of Flash memory with 512 MB RAM, and 8 GB of storage on an attached-to-the-motherboard microSD card (presumably). It also has a GPS, accelerometer, compass, FM radio, and apparently...full Flash support. Flash support? Really? Hrm. Not sure if I buy that - Microsoft has been pretty up-front about the lack of Flash support at launch. Q4 is the release date, so no surprises there. The surprise? Apparently it's going to get an upgrade to LTE in Q4 of 2011. An OEM willing to offer a significant device upgrade a year after it comes out? Times have changed folks - and that's a good thing. Hop on over to Engadget to check out the device.

So you Windows phone 7 haters - still planning on staying away? ;-)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dell Officially In The Smartphone Game

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 PM

"In a confirmation for the ages, Dell spokesperson Andrew Bowins has clearly stated that the company is "developing mobile devices for China Mobile," giving the Round Rock powerhouse access to the biggest mobile subscriber base on the entire planet."

Scuttlebutt has it that the first Dell smartphone will run a version of Android, but given Dell's previous history with Windows Mobile there's always a chance that WM may fit in there somewhere. And even though China's the initial target market, I find it hard to believe that Dell would confine itself to marketing smartphone's there. I'd say there's more than an even chance we'll see Dell branded handsets elsewhere, and hopefully with Windows Mobile.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Facts And Rumors On Palm

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 01:00 PM

Yesterday we found out that the CEO of Palm, Ed Colligan, is leaving the company after being there for 16 years. Executive Chairman John Rubinstein will take the reigns as the CEO tomorrow, June 12.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell is warming up their acquisition engine again and there is a lot of speculation that the big company talked about is Palm. From Dell's perspective, it makes sense. They got in the PDA market and did well until smartphones started taking over and PDA's were on the way out. They have been working internally on their own phone, but acquiring Palm makes a ton of sense. Palm the design team, knowledge and carrier relationships.

What do you think?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dell Smartphone Rejected By Carriers As Too Dull

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 PM

"After signaling its intent to follow Apple's wildly successful iPhone into the smartphone business, Dell's first attempts to produce a phone have been rejected by the carries for being too dull and lacking enough differentiation to stand out in a competitive environment, according to a report."

Ouch. Apparently the design could run either Windows Mobile or Google's Android platform. It failed to get any interest though. The research report suggests carriers either want the basic phone that is inexpensive or a Wow! device to compete with high end phones like the iPhone or G1. I suspect Dell did something that would have been loved by IT managers, but not consumers. Maybe they should let their AlienWare division have a crack at it.

Tags: dell, cell phone, dull

Monday, March 9, 2009

More Dell Smartphone Discussions

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 04:31 PM

"Today’s Wall Street Journal has an intriguing story about Dell’s apparent plans to enter the smart phone business. It’s not clear what platform Dell will use. Apparently Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile are on the table. Maybe they’ll use both. But here’s the detail that caught my attention: The phones are being designed in an office in the Chicago area. That to me says this Dell phone will essentially be designed by former Motorola people."

It would not surprise me to see Dell hire ex-Motorola employees to design and develop their new smartphones. However there are a few industrial design firms in the Chicago area that have worked with Motorola in the past and could be working with Dell in the future. I think the real interesting part of this story is how the Dell smartphone rumors, just like the Zune Phone rumors, will not die. There has been speculation for years that Dell would jump back into the smartphone realm but to be honest I really doubt we will see this happen. With Dell's announcement last week that their sales have dropped over 16% in the past year and they will be cutting down on costs, jumping into a new already crowded market doesn't seem like the best way to recoup their lost sales.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Dell smartphone? Pinch Me!

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 PM

"Dell Inc., aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal-computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month, said people familiar with the matter. The Round Rock, Texas, company has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an office in the Chicago area, these people said. They produced prototypes built on Google Inc.'s Android operating system and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile software, these people said."

The rumours have been swirling for a couple of weeks now, but not with any authority behind them. Now that the Wall Street Journal has weighed in, everyone's picking up the story - I'll leave it to you to decide just how authoritative WSJ is (subscription required to read the full article). In addition, AlleyInsider (via has a source that states a launch date of September 9 (09/09/09 - geddit?), and the device(s) will be called the mePhone. Around the web, we've got reactions from Gizmodo and CNet, which basically pick up on the WSJ story while in an earlier article has additional analysis. Can we hope for an announcement at MWC (Feb 16-19)? Not long now!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dell Eyeballs Windows Mobile... Again

Posted by Darius Wey in "NEWS" @ 05:00 AM

"Dell reportedly plans to resume its handheld device business and the company may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices, according to market sources in Taiwan. Dell has been reorganizing its team for handheld devices since it hired Ron Garriques, a former executive vice president at Motorola in charge of its cell phone division, in early 2007, the sources indicated."

If you've been keeping a close eye on the headlines since Dell gave up its Axim line early last year, there's no doubt you'd have heard about claims that the company had its sights set on releasing a string of new smartphones, which would be a first for the company and also mark a welcome return to the Windows Mobile market. Sadly, the majority of these claims have remained unsubstantiated. Not today, it seems. In a report published by DigiTimes, it's been said that Dell and Foxconn are set to shake hands and work together to produce GPS-enabled PDAs and smartphones branded with the Dell logo. And if this turns out to be true, all you Dell fans (and we know there are a lot of you out there) will have a reason to rejoice.

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