After numerous delays regarding UK availability for the only slide-up QWERTY Windows Phone 7, the Dell Venue Pro, looks like the European launch saga for the device is over as items should arrive in first stock soon.
Our friends over at Clove, the ones who unfortunately were the bad news bearers with all the delays the device experienced, are now announcing on their website that the Venue Pro will be in stock on March 26. The price now for the unlocked device is £420.00 (including VAT) — which translates to approximately $675. Anyone planning on buying or did all the [...]
Mobile analytics provider mtiks has made some Windows Phone 7 related numbers public on its blog regarding app statistics by device, country and usage.
According to the figures, the US market is the number one market for Windows Phone 7 applications with 57.3% — which is to be expected as a home country with a vast population and two carriers to start off the platform — followed by Germany (18.48%) and UK (7.49%).
Both app number and app usage-wise, the Samsung Focus is the most popular Windows Phone 7 device followed by the HTC HD7. From a centralized point [...]
Whatever the Dell Venue Pro did to upset the smartphone gods, its period of penance may be starting to wrap up, as the Windows Phone 7 device looks like it’s finally going to be available to customers in Great Britain, going up for sale on Dell’s UK site.
If you haven’t been following the phone’s rocky history, the Venue Pro ran into delays in the US, with not enough stock to meet customer orders. Those who did manage to get their phones reported bugs ranging from problems reading SIM cards to an inability to connect to protected WiFi networks. Although [...]
Even if you are not a Windows Phone 7 user, you most probably learned by now that Microsoft has started pushing out a first Windows Phone 7 update, a prerequisite if you will for the upcoming NoDo to be out in March. On the same note, you probably also heard that there were some issues involved and Microsoft has made its stance public on the first ever Windows Phone 7 patch roll-out process.
According to Microsoft, 90% of the people who actually got the update notification and started the process have managed to finalize it with success. 90% is a good number if you refer to nine [...]
Dell’s Venue Pro may have had a rough launch, but the company seems unfazed as it gets ready for its next wave of smartphones, at least according to a leaked timeline of the company’s tablet and smartphone goals for the next year. If the information therein proves accurate, we’re looking forward to a somewhat-tweaked Venue Pro, a brand-new WP7 model, and a pair of dual-core Androids.
The first of these rumored smartphones is the Venue Pro MLK, with “additional features and enhancements” over the original model. The phone’s hardware is likely [...]
To be quite honest, we’ve given up counting the times the Dell Venue Pro got delayed in the UK — Europe for that matter. Last time the device got delayed though was from the second week of 2011 to mid-February and guess what: it’s been further delayed!
There is no explanation regarding the current delay but instead of stocking up with the Windows Phone 7 device by mid-February — as stated, due to an MMS problem — our friends over at Clove.co.uk report that the smartphone will indeed arrive to stock in early March. Yes, that is five months after [...]
You may have already heard about many Dell Venue Pro customers having issues with their devices freezing while downloading files or apps over WiFi. For a video on how to reproduce the problem and see if you’ve got it, check out our post here. One customer has posted in the Dell Community forum that replacing the microSD card that comes with the Dell Venue Pro has solved the problem. “zeevDVP” has replaced his with a Sandisk class 2 32GB card and 8GB card and reports that both have solved the freezing problem. Matthew Miller of ZDNet has even replaced his microSD [...]
AT&T users may soon have the opportunity to check out Dell’s Windows Phone 7 device on their network, as a Dell Venue Pro featuring a cellular radio compatible with AT&T’s 3G band has been discovered, available for pre-order.
We talked about the possibility of AT&T getting the Venue Pro last month, when FCC filings revealed the reconfigured smartphone. We haven’t heard any news on the possibility of AT&T carrying the WP7 device since then, but considering all the trouble Dell had even getting the phone out to T-Mobile customers, we [...]
We were thoroughly impressed with Dell’s first Windows Phone 7 device, in fact, we rated it a 4.5/5 in our review of the Venue Pro. It was fast, had an extremely high level of build quality, and it packed a fantastic slide-down keyboard that made text entry a breeze.
A recent tweet from a BBC reporter reveals that Dell has plans for more Windows Phone 7 handsets, thanks to the huge demand they’ve seen for the Venue Pro: Windows Phone 7: Michael Dell tells me demand for these phones is higher than Dell can supply, but guards “we don’t make *that* [...]
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.
It was a bit strange for us [...]
Back in December, the Dell Venue Pro’s started shipping. We reviewed the 8Gb version and it seemed like the best Windows Phone 7 on the market. Unfortunately if you ordered a 16Gb version, the story might be awfully different. I got my first 16Gb Dell Venue Pro on December 23rd, 2010 and I soon noticed that it would freeze up or go to a totally black screen (except for the clock) while downloading and installing large apps over WiFi. There is a long thread in the Dell support forums about this issue. Those of us experiencing the problem had to call Dell to schedule an [...]
The Dell Venue Pro scored a 4.5 out of 5 in our review and, regardless of the many delays and issues it witnessed for its launch — the latest European delay is referring to some MMS problems — it looks to be coming to Germany as well as other European countries.
Dell told the::unwired at the CeBit preview that it plans to bring the Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset to “Germany and maybe even further European countries”. With so many problems and issues the device’s availability met from its launch back in November 8 — together with all the [...]
The Dell Venue Pro was supposed to be in stock with our friends over at Clove.co.uk at the beginning of January 2011 but, after an initial delay to second week of 2011, the device was delayed again until mid-February.
According to the information published on Clove’s blog, the delay is due to Microsoft as there seem to be some MMS related problems. We can’t even remember how many times the Dell Venue Pro was delayed due to various issues and, though available in the US since December 2010, we have managed to review the device which we found good enough to score a [...]
This is what we wait all year for, friends: the chance to pick the single best phone in all of 2010. Sure, we could break it up by category, by platform, by carrier, by something, but we’d rather pit the Droids against the iPhones against the BlackBerries in a winner-take-all cage match that will crown the one true champion. We thought about including a poll here, but we don’t want to limit your choices even one bit; if you think that the Sanyo Zio was the best that the industry had to offer in 2010, by all means, cast your vote in the comments and tell us why you made that [...]
If you’re on T-Mobile, there’s two Windows Phone 7’s that you might be interested in. The HTC HD7 is easily available in any of the stores that you can go to, but the Dell Venue Pro is only available through Dell’s website. Both devices are closely priced, have similar specifications, and run Windows Phone 7 beautifully, but how exactly do they differ?
First off, let’s look at the hardware. The Venue Pro is a bit heavier at 180g vs. the HD7’s 162g. Of course, the Venue Pro does have a better build quality and the slide-out [...]
The Dell Venue Pro, in our opinion, is the most powerful Windows Phone 7 money can buy right now. It’s built like a tank, and it performs fantastically. There’s been some misinformation as to the amount of RAM the Venue Pro has, with estimations ranging from 256MB to 512MB. Unfortunately, Dell doesn’t publish the RAM figure of the Venue Pro, and all Windows Phone 7 devices have no way of displaying the amount of RAM through the on-device Settings (as was the case with legacy Windows Mobile). But thanks to a handy free app from the Marketplace called Device Info, we [...]
The Dell Venue Pro, like the other crop of Windows Phone 7 devices, can record video in 720p HD. The device also benefits from the quick-on camera, which can be activated by pressing and holding the camera button on the side of the phone, even when the device is locked. Here’s a look at the quality of the video. As you can tell, the colors are a bit dull, and motion isn’t terribly fluid.
If you want to take a look at how the Venue Pro performs taking 5MP photos, you can see a view samples below:
– Indoor– Indoor macro– Outdoor
After a pretty fun unboxing of the highly-anticipated Dell Venue Pro, we now dive deeper into the hardware in this video. The Venue Pro is becoming even more relevant now that it’s making round at the FCC with AT&T 3G bands.
The Windows Phone 7-running Venue Pro device is a commanding smartphone. The screen is huge, the device is heavy, but it feels very high-quality in-hand. It’s a substantial phone that is ready to get down to business. The curved glass, while serving really no purpose in terms of utility, looks and feels good, and does a really good [...]
The highly-desirable and difficult-to-get Windows Phone 7-powered Dell Venue Pro has passed the FCC packing radios suitable for connecting to both 850MHz and 1900MHz AT&T 3G bands. Since the last version of the DVP to appear at the FCC only possessed a 1700MHz T-Mobile-compliant 3G radio, and the version sold in Europe supports just that continent’s 900MHz and 2100MHz 3G bands, we’re almost certainly looking at a device built specifically for AT&T — or, possibly, one of the Canadian GSM carriers which use the same spectrum as AT&T, but that seems less [...]
The last missing piece to the Windows Phone 7 launch devices is the Dell Venue Pro. It’s quite possible that we’ve saved the best for last. The Venue Pro has the largest AMOLED display currently shipping on any phone, at 4.1″. Its claim to fame is that it has a full slide-down keyboard for text entry, making for a form factor that is quite rare, and interesting. It’s locked to T-Mobile, so don’t expect to use your AT&T SIM in the Venue Pro right now, unless you’re able to unlock the device yourself.
First impressions of the device [...]
Following yesterday’s news of ongoing Dell Venue Pro delays, the company has clarified its shipping schedule and is offering some incentives to help make up for not delivering the smartphones as planned.
Sure enough, there are some Venue Pros nearly ready to ship out to those who pre-ordered the handset, and they’ll start to head out by the end of the week. While the stocks don’t appear sufficient to handle all the orders Dell has received, at least the company isn’t waiting until 2011 to begin fulfilling them. Dell said that just when a customer ends up [...]
Remember when Dell was planning to ship out Venue Pros to those who had pre-ordered the Windows Phone 7 handset on December 9, for delivery by today? Didn’t so much happen. Customers are now receiving communication from Dell explaining that the phone won’t ship until the first week of January.
The initial launch of the Venue Pro was sullied by hardware problems and insufficient stocks. Optimistic that the company had worked out its issues with the phone and had manufacturing back on track, users began placing orders for the Venue Pro with shipping dates promised in [...]
Dell is showing off its crown jewel — the Dell Venue Pro, one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 handsets — in a 45 second video featuring the cool hardware keyboard and the almost borderless screen with a curvature to it.
If you have just made up your mind and want this beauty, remember you can now order it from Dell at $99 for the 8GB version shipping December 9. Besides the 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED and the only slide-down QWERTY keyboard, it packs a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WLAN802.11b/g, Bluetooth® 2.1 EDR, USB 2.0 HS and [...]