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All posts tagged "dell 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.


  • 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...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dell Venue Pros On Sale On eBay

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

"Here's a deal that you won't want to miss: Dell's official eBay account is selling in "limited quantities" unlocked Venue Pros for AT&T and T-Mobile for a nice $299 (+ sales tax). That's a $200 savings, in case you were wondering."

Hey, it wasn't all that long ago that we couldn't wait to see these Dell phones in the flesh. If you are interested in getting one, this deal from Dell on AT&T and T-Mobile may be worth checking out.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dell Venue Pro Gets NoDo Update

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 11:30 PM

"Dell has just confirmed that the much-anticipated NoDo Windows Phone 7 update has begun rolling out to devices today, and also announced that a separate update of its own will be "coming later."

It looks like owners of the Dell Venue Pro have something to be happy about. Not only do they get the NoDo update, which includes copy & paste, but they also can expect another update from Dell in the near future. Hopefully this fixes some of the hardware issues that have been plaguing some Dell Venue Pro handsets.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dell Venue Pro: A Phone You Can Type On

Posted by Steven McPherson in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:30 PM!5780442/dell-venue-pro

"Surprisingly well balanced, once you stop concentrating on how gawky it looks and realize it feels pretty okay in your hands. Windows Phone 7 doesn't really do very much in landscape mode, so the portrait keyboard is handy, and the keys are juuuust big and raised enough that the keyboard's genuinely easy to type on"

File this on under "the keys are juuuuust big". Gizmodo has done a nice review on the Dell Venue Pro and if you've been looking for a Windows Phone 7 device that you can type on, this phone might be just the ticket for you. To me, this Dell device seems to be a hardware design that's held over from the Windows Mobile "era". I wasn't much of a fan of the slide out keyboard then and I'm not now, but after reading through this review the Dell Venue Pro might be one that fits into the don't knock it until you try category.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

UK and Germany Will Soon See the Dell Venue Pro

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 08:00 PM

"Well, here's some good news for the folks on the other side of the pond: starting today, Dell's UK store is taking orders for this unlocked slider for a hefty £459 ($745), and the first deliveries are expected to arrive in 10 days. Man, these wicked people from Round Rock sure love making us wait, but better late than never, right?"

Dell Venue Pro

Ever since it was announced, the Dell Venue Pro has been one of the Windows Phone 7 handsets that differentiated itself from the competition. It's 4.1" AMOLED screen, its portrait keyboard, and elegant design opened a lot of eyes and left many of us foaming at the mouth.

Unfortunately, it has had a somewhat rocky launch in the US and has had a challenge keeping up with orders.

With the UK launch now announced, hopefully that signals that Dell has been able to straighten out what was plaguing them and is now going to be able to deliver this handset into more eager hands.

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?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dell Venue Pro Reviews Hit the Web

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 AM

"The Dell Venue Pro is the second-to-last launch device to sport the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. It's possible that they've saved the best for the end, though, because the Venue Pro features a slick slide-down keyboard, fantastic build quality, and great performance. The sleek form factor comes at a cost though, and this smarpthone isn't for everyone. In this review we'll cover the hardware and software of the phone and leave you with a final reccomendation on whether you should buy a Venue Pro."

The elusive Dell Venue Pro has finally started to ship in decent numbers. This highly anticipated device was set to be "the" Windows Phone Device for those looking for a hardware keyboard. Unfortunately, Dell did just about everything they could to sour their reputation as a phone manufacturer. There were delays, units with bad batteries, and units with faulty sliding mechanisms. Most recently, the device has come under fire for having a less than stellar camera. All that aside, the Dell Venue Pro is still one of the most unique, eye catching devices on the market today. The reviews have started rolling in and for the most part responses are positive. Hit the link for the full review. If you were lucky enough to purchase the DVP please leave your reactions and opinions in the comments below.

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?

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...

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