Pros The Dell Venue Pro is stunningly handsome. Everything from the slide-out keyboard to the back panel work together to give the appearance of a high-end device. The sliding function of the phone is sturdy and the display quality is sharp.
Cons Speaker volume easily overcome in the noisy spaces. The headset is an absolute afterthought however, that's industry standard. The area where the headset plugs into the phone is sloped and many headsets will not seat properly.
Summary The Dell Venue Pro is my first smartphone.
At first glance the Venue Pro is stunningly handsome. Everything about the device from the slide-out keyboard to the back panel work together to give the appearance of a high-end device that took no short-cuts. Its not until you remove the back panel that you realize where the plastic really is and the execution in the design of the panel is top notch. The back panel has a texture that makes it feel as if its more than just plastic and it's a welcome material upgrade.
The sliding function of the phone is very sturdy and secure. There is nothing about it that feels like an afterthought. The test here will be in how well the sliding function maintains that sturdy feel over time.
Initially I thought I'd have a lot of difficulty typing on the keyboard as the characters are fairly small but the phone rests very comfortably in my hands and allows for fairly easy typing.
The Venue Pro is a little on the heavy side but its not a deal breaker. I'd feel more comfortable handling the phone if I had a nice jacket to wrap it in but I'd hate to cover up its beauty.
The display quality is sharp. Colors are vibrant and video playback is very satisfying.
The USB connector on the Venue Pro is fairly snug. I'm not sure if this is bad or good but I'm satisfied.
I was impressed with the volume of the speakers but discovered that they can be easily overcome in the crowded space of a restaurant or subway system.
The volume and camera buttons float just above the casing but can seem sometimes difficult to operate, however, its not a problem.
What I don't love about the Venue Pro:
The headset is an absolute afterthought however, that's the industry standard and it's not a problem for me because I have premium headsets from Zune that I use instead.
Something that I don't quite understand is why Dell decided to slop the area where the headset plugs into the phone. What I have encountered is that because of the slope, many headsets will not seat properly on the Venue Pro. The resulting problem is that the display remains on despite your settings, ultimately draining your battery pre-maturely. I think it would have been a good idea to hollow-out the area immediately around the headphone jack to allow headsets from other manufacturers to seat properly.
Not sure if its just me but the charging/syncing cable seems rather short but not a deal breaker.
I GIVE DELL FOUR STARS FOR EXECUTION
Pros This is a gorgeous design from Dell, and really stands out in the crowded smartphone market. Build quality is excellent, and the phone feels great in your hand. The 4.1 inch Amoled screen is large and vibrant. The WP7 OS is very responsive.
Cons Some random crashes over Wifi, but Dell has stated a firmware update will correct this. Also, Dell needs to get this device into Retail outlets so people can see/touch it in person. The purchasing experience from Dell.com is great, though..
Summary Overall, this is an excellent phone. It blows away my two previous Android devices. The styling of the phone is also excellent, as its a big conversation starter. The build quality seems very good, as the phone has a nice feel to it and also sports Gorilla Glass. So far everyone I have shown the phone to really likes it. The WP7 OS is very smooth and responsive - and will only get better with all the planned updates MS has coming.Setup a Windows Live account and the phone syncs flawlessly with Hotmail, online Calenders, etc. I also had zero issues setting up Gmail or other accounts. I assume with one of the next round of updates MS will integrate this with Outlook. Keep in mind this OS is brand new - it took iOS and Android a year or two before things were fully up and running.
The other huge benefit of this phone (or any other WP7 device) is how it fits into the Dell + MS ecosystem. Integrates flawlessly with my Dell desktop/laptops, my Xbox 360, etc. To accomplish a smooth integration you should really sign up for Windows Live and the Zune Market. Both excellent services from MS - in fact I much prefer Zune to I-Tunes.
Updated on Jan 31, 2011
Updated on Jan 31, 2011Disagree - I thought Dell was pretty up front about the delays. Once the phones were ready to ship I received mine quickly. Throughout the process Dell did a great job of keeping me updated.
How you derive Dell is "not being honest" is beyond me. They announced their were delays pretty up front.
Pros Beautiful screen.windows os outstanding.Smooth quick responses.phones build quality excellent.one hand texting easy.A head turner!
Cons Dells launch of the phone. The wait should never have been.Battery life average for all that it does.
Summary I was in a cell phone store store in walmart.and asked could they charge my phone while i went shopping.They agreed and when i pulled it out.they began asking questions.Soon I am demonstrating the phone to three employees and one other shopper all at once .The employees didn't even know about it.Then the fatal question...where can i get one came up.I simply said you probably cant right now.This phone is all i expected plus more!.The call quality is great.The speaker phone works well.But this operating system is so very smooth that i wont be changing from windows os any time soon.Ive had the big two.I phone 4. Samsung Android .And they have some good things about them respectively but this phone one ups them.The build quality is as good or better than the i phone.For ease of use.Graphics.Animation.res ponce to touch and one hand texting.But added with the zune experience.The omled screen.This is the best kept secret!.The only reason i didn't give it five stars was because of Dell shot itself in the foot for not getting this phone into peoples hands on time.Finally you have a product that really surpasses others and you dropped the ball big time.Its not the phone.Its bad planning.They really have a winner and only a few people know it.If you've ordered one don"t jump out of line.eventually this thing should catch fire.
Pros Solidly Built
Cons Power Button awkward sometimes
No haptic feedback on three windows buttons
Summary This is my first WP7 device, and so far I am really impressed with the OS. The DVP runs very well, and in the two weeks I have had it, it has performed more solidly than my previous phone, the HTC Thunderbolt.
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Pros Great design, great keyboard, great operating system, decent display, decent call quality, decent speakers, great grip, doesn't break because of the gorilla glass, etc.
Cons camera auto focus, led flash, battery life, gets dirty very quickly (fingerprints) (iPhone is the same).
Summary Overall, great phone. I sold my iPhone 4 and got this, the best decision of my life. I got the at&t 32GB version. Wish it had tap-to-focus, a lot of battery life, better led flash, 4G (LTE more than hsdpa+), better display (hopefully better than the iPhone 4), and a front-facing camera. Only things better about iPhone 4 than this is tap-to-focus, the retina display, and a front-facing camera (which sucks. i've seen better.).
The Dell Venue Pro is a must buy phone.