Usable physical portrait keyboard
First and foremost, the Dell Venue Pro is one of the most beautifully designed smartphones in recent memory as its unique looking industrial design radiates a sense of polish at every angle. However, its overall performance is mediocre at best in specific categories like battery life, camera quality, and calling quality and not to mention the gleaming issue we witnessed with signal bars dramatically dropping.
good-looking, sturdily built handset
Dell's Venue Pro is a very well-built Windows Phone 7 handset with a gorgeous 4.1in AmoLED screen and a useful qwerty keypad. Although Windows Phone 7 has work to do to take on Apple's iOS and Google Android, the Dell puts up a very good fight in favour of Microsoft's platform. Battery life could be better, however, the internal memory is restricted to 8GB, you must use Zune to sync media, and some might say this bulky handset is just a little too large.
Brilliant Super AMOLED display
It's safe to say that the $99 Dell Venue Pro is the company's best smart phone yet from a design standpoint. While hefty, the solid and luxuriously built hardware--and especially the AMOLED screen--nicely complements the highly polished (but still somewhat shallow) Windows Phone 7 OS.
A bright, clear capacitive touchscreen
We like our phones to have some weight behind them, but if you like your phones light, you may find the Venue Pro a bit too much for your pocket. If you're undecided between the vertical Venue Pro and the horizontal HTC 7 Pro, it will hinge on which style you find more comfortable typing on- there's not much else to differentiate between the two.
There aren't a lot of reviews that would rank a smartphone as 'Excellent' but the Dell Venue Pro has all the right parts to push it to that level. The phone, when seen in person is just absolutely beautiful. The 4.1 inch screen is one of the larger displays to be added onto a smartphone and the portrait sliding QWERTY keyboard is a fantastic addition. Though it does add a bit of bulk, it slides out with a snap and this motion can get quite addictive.
Full QWERTY keyboard
We loved the latest incarnation of Windows Phone 7 when it was introduced in October last year on a selection of handsets. With the Venue Pro Dell has created one of the most interesting phones, combining a touchscreen with a full QWERTY keyboard.ThereÃ¢??s no getting away from the fact that this is a chunky handset, at 15mm deep it's far from pocket friendly. The chrome trim is unfortunately plastic and gives it an old-fashioned feel.
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