Dell Venue Review
With a slew of first-class products, Dell has made a name for itself in the technology sector. The Dell Venue Pro is a testament of another of this US maker’s honest attempts at making a foray into the smartphone market. So has it managed to succeed or has it tanked big time? We will share with you all that we found out about the Dell Venue Windows phone 7.
Dell Venue Design
Slim is in and the Venue stands as a proof. Yup, the Dell Venue dimensions measure 122 x 63.5 x 15.2 mm which are excellent by smartphone standards. The lean build let us hold it without any discomfort and hopefully, you would not have any either. We can even say that some of the recent phones can take a look at the Dell Venue size and learn. It is that good. The 192.8 gm Dell Venue thickness is however, a downer. Weighty it is not. But long conversations can be a tad discomforting to the wrist as we found out. Dell could have cut down the baggage a bit. Leaner is better these days.
The bottom of the phone sports a slot for microUSB along with speaker and microphone.The right side boasts of a volume regulator as well as a dual-action camera button. The left side has a smooth chrome strip.
Dell Venue Display
Moving on to the screen, we really appreciate the effort that the makers have put in. The 4.1 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display is truly a turn-on. The tube shows 16 million colors at a 480 X 800 pixel resolution. The Gorilla glass display is equipped with Multi-touch input method, Accelerometer sensor and Proximity sensor. Needless to say, how good watching images and videos on this baby are? We enjoyed a lot of YouTube videos and movies on the Pro, but later to that.
Push up the display and a keyboard is displayed from beneath. The external keyboard is a solid one and you will love using it. The keys are light to touch and we did not have any problem using them. The buttons are well spaced out which further adds to the ease of user experience.
The on-screen keyboard is a nice one too. The display keys are smooth and react fast to touch. The QWERTY keyboard works well in Portrait as well as Landscape mode.
Dell Venue Hardware
The Dell Venue internals are not too great. The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU is a power device for sure but it is pretty standard these days. If you have handled a Qualcomm-loaded phone earlier, you need not be told how smooth the operations are. Despite extended usage, the phone hardly dragged.
The Venue is powered by a 256 MB RAM. The on-board memory features a massive storage capability. Your storage experience will differ depending upon which set you buy – the 8 or 16 GB one. All this is pretty good but would have like a memory card support which this phone sadly lacks. Compare this with the 32 GB memory capacity that many top brands are offering nowadays and you will understand where the Venue falls short.
Dell Venue Software’s and Widgets
The highlight of Dell Venue is the Windows 7 OS. Yes, Venue is one of the few Windows operated phones in the market. The OS installs fast and performs great on the Pro, as you can imagine. That also means that the apps run quite fast on the Venue. We compared the baby with other Windows models like the Nexus S and the Samsung Focus and it came on tops again and again. While it beat Nexus S in surfing speed, it humbled Focus in the speed of launching apps.
Talking about softwares, we must tell you that your app experience may vary with who you are getting your set from. We got our Pro from T-Mobile. That did not help much considering the ho-hum pad and free apps we got. The on-board apps in the phone consist of MS Office, XBox Live and the like. The Office suite lets you view, edit and create documents. XBox Live helps you while playing games on your handset.
Dell Venue Connectivity
Infrared Facility is missing here, as with most other smartphones in the market. Barring that, the Dell Venue does not give you a reason for complaint. There is the usual GPRS, EDGE, 3G and WiFi for all your surfing needs. Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0 take care of the phone-to-phone or phone-to-PC sync requirements.
Web-browsing is a terrifying experience in many smartphones. Fortunately, the Dell Venue offers a terrific one. It would not be wrong to say that the set creates a benchmark with the smooth browsing feel that it provides. We especially loved the Internet Explorer experience which is going to be much appreciated. All texts and images are displayed neatly and the big screen size further helps matters. The Landscape mode gives you a mini-laptop feel and in spite of the lack of the Opera Mini tab or pinch-to-zoom features, browsing rocks on the Venue.
Social networkers will love this phone. Facebook, Twitter and Myspace comes alive on the Venue thanks to the large, bright display and colorful screen.
Dell Venue Features
The Dell Venue sports some cool features worthy of a smartphone. We have mentioned the sensors but the display also scores with e-compass, ambient light-sensor and GPS. Talking about the other features, we need to give you a lowdown on the multimedia capabilities of the Pro.
Dell Venue Multimedia
The Venue multimedia power cannot be described in superlative terms but it is enough to draw lots of “oohs” and “aahs” from the guys and gals on the street. Here is why.
Dell Venue Camera Performance
The Pro camera is not the best or anywhere close to it, but it can be appreciated. The 5MP camera shoots videos in 720 p quality and yes, there is HD support for you. Videos come pretty decent on the Dell Venue Pro. No it is not as good as the iPhone but then it is not too bad either. Do not be too critical and you will love the Dell Venue video quality. The set supports a variety of formats like H.263, H.264, MPEG4, 3GP, WMV and VC-1. The Dell Venue YouTube Videos are also nice. We spent hours watching our favorite videos on the handset.
Images can be shot at a neat 2592?1944 pixel resolution! Try shooting in low-light situations and the result will be very unsatisfactory. We tried it in our garage and what came was dark and blurry. But take it outdoors or even in well-lit surroundings and you will simply love it.
The 5 MP thingy comes with LED flash, auto-focus and Geo-tagging capabilities which are fair enough by today’s standards.
Dell Venue Audio Performance
The audio quality is loud and clear enough. Playing music is a pleasure on the Venue. The bass quality of the speaker is stunning and one of the best that we have come across in recent times. Venue is friendly with a number of music file formats like MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA and AMR. With headsets, you can enjoy an even better listening experience.
There is also an inbuilt radio with RDS that will let you listen to your favorite radio stations.
Dell Venue Basic Performance
As far as basic functionalities go, Venue Pro is up there at the top. The basic operations are super fast thanks to the Windows 7 OS running this set. The call quality is excellent and we did not have any “dropped call” experience.
Dell Venue Accessories
The in-box contents for Dell Venue Pro feature standard items. There is a Dell Venue Pro manual that provides users with quick reference to some of the key features of the phone. You can also get useful information related to phone setup.
The other items include a Dell Venue Pro Headset, a Dell Venue Pro charger and a Dell Venue Pro USB cable that can be used for both syncing and charging the phone.
Dell Venue Battery Performance
The handset is loaded with a 3.7 v, 1,400 mAh Lithium Ion Battery. With heavy usage, we got a 6 1/2 hour talk time. Pretty nice, the Dell Venue battery life, but could have been better we say.
Dell Venue Price
Dell Venue smartphone costs around $549 in the US. Dell Venue UK price is somewhere around £445 or 500 Euros. Dell Venue price in India is Rs. 25,500.
Dell Venue Carriers
You can get Dell Venue on AT&T and T-Mobile.
Dell Venue Launch Date
Dell Venue release date in the US was 9th December, 2010.
All that boils down to whether or not you will go for this phone. As the Dell Venue cost suggests, this one is for roomy pockets. Dell Venue buyers will also have to make do with some average stuff like the camera and battery. But the killer looks, Windows OS and audio capabilities are strong factors that push the phone and how! If you love changing phones or want to buy a Windows powered device, you can go for this one.