"An Almost Perfect Product"4.0 starson by NPGMBR
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