Both Android and Windows Phone fans can feel a little bit sad today as a Dell spokesman recently told PCWorld about the company’s plans to retire the Dell Venue and the Venue Pro from the American market.
“Mobility products have shorter lifecycles than laptops and desktops”, the spokesperson said, but we knew that and Dell definitely knew that some two years ago when they entered the smartphone game. However, the company will continue to sell its phones outside of the U.S. and will introduce more mobile products in the States later this year, but it is [...]
It has not been an easy road being a Dell Venue Pro owner. You can take your pick of issues the phone has faced: WiFi problems, a broken digital compass, or just the weeks and weeks of waiting for Mango. While most every other Windows Phone smartphone was seeing Mango arrive, DVP owners on AT&T (along with the Samsung Focus version 1.4) were starting to look left behind in the dark ages. Late last month, Microsoft updated its notes on Mango distribution, mentioning that these last couple of models had moved onto the “testing” phase. Now, a month later, Mango is finally [...]
Dell’s Venue Pro feels almost like the sickly child amongst the first-wave of Windows Phone siblings. Its launch got off to a pretty rocky start, and an update aimed at fixing many of its software woes didn’t drop until mid-way through 2011. The latest trial to face the DVP came with Mango’s arrival on the scene, where the update included broken support for the hardware’s digital compass. Now, Dell’s finally speaking out about the compass, and what it has to say doesn’t sound like very good news.
Dell’s Chief Blogger Lionel Menchaca [...]
For most of us, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is now a reality, and we’ve managed to upgrade our devices without too many hiccups. Not everyone is so lucky, though, and owners of the Dell Venue Pro and version 1.4 of the Samsung Focus hardware are patiently waiting for news of the their Mango updates to arrive. We can’t yet break the good news, but at least there’s progress being made, with Microsoft updating its own Windows Phone Update Schedule page.
Both the Dell Venue Pro and Samsung Focus 1.4 on AT&T are now in the “testing” phase of their Mango [...]
It seems like the Dell Venue pro has been taking quite a bashing lately, and sadly, that’s not about to stop now. Owners of the device have been noticing problems with the phone’s digital compass, and analysis of the phone’s system logs from a Mango update indicate something fishy going on with the compass driver file.
This problem popped up in an XDA-Discussions forum thread last week, where users who forced Zune to update their DVPs to Mango noticed the phone’s compass wasn’t behaving correctly. Further analysis showed that attempts to read the [...]
Late last month Microsoft attempted to clarify how Mango’s internet sharing would arrive on existing WP7 hardware. The issue, ultimately, depended on the presence of new drivers to let Mango take full advantage of the phone’s WiFi hardware. Does that mean we might hope to see the feature make it to all WP7 handsets, eventually? Some detective work by the users over at the XDA-Developers forums suggests we could be stuck with one particular WP7 phone that gets left behind the rest.
All Windows Phone models that can already form a wireless hotspot are powered by [...]
Microsoft finally threw all you Windows Phone users, waiting for news about when to expect your Mango updates, a bone this week, officially confirming that Mango would get here “in the next week or two”. For information on when progress was being made for individual carriers, the company refers users to its “Where’s my phone update?” page, but that’s yet to reflect the distribution of Mango. For more detail, we’ll have to turn to the manufacturers themselves. Dell, for one, spilled the beans on its update plans earlier today.
There might be a mystery around the Dell Venue Pro’s Mango update on AT&T (those on T-Mobile are in to get the refresh this fall), but the phone is reportedly getting the 2.12 update as we speak.
According to WPCentral, AT&T variants of the Dell Venue Pro are being pushed the 2.12 update, which is trying to fix all the issues users were having on their devices and complaining about. Among other things, it will finally bring the WiFi fix and, with the update out, can make us feel more optimistic about the Mango refresh on AT&T.
When you bought a Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone in the past from Dell, you had the opportunity of choosing the phone with a two-year contract on T-Mobile, AT&T or get the phone unlocked. Things have changed a little bit recently.
If you head over to Dell by following the source link you’ll see that there is no carrier mention anymore. You can only purchase unlocked phones (of course, with the mention that you can choose the device with either AT&T or T-Mobile band support). This could mean several things! First of all, it can mean that Dell has exited the Windows [...]
A month ago we saw how you could update your Windows Phone to the latest Windows Phone Mango Beta but since then Redmond updated the build and released the Beta 2 of Mango which brings quite a lot of changes.
In this video walkthrough we’ll show you how to update basically any Windows Phone to the latest build 7712 of Mango, the Beta 2. The prerequisites are quite the same: you have to have a NoDo-powered Windows Phone and make sure you’ve got plenty of battery juice left!
1. Download the tool found at step 1 at the link below, version 0.3.2. Download and [...]
After waiting for months, word finally came in June that an update to the Dell Venue Pro, one which would aim to address stability problems with the smartphone, would finally be arriving this summer. Some DVPs that were sent in for servicing reportedly came back to their owners with the update already installed, but there was still no way to upgrade your own phone. Then, just last week, the update landed, with an announcement that it was headed out to users everywhere. Well, that turned out to be premature, causing the company to backtrack and inform users of the phone on T-Mobile in [...]
Sometimes, we have the opportunity to tell you about a hot leaked ROM, or an eagerly-anticipated update arriving suddenly out of the blue; sadly, this is not one of those times, with news coming our way of delays in getting code out to a couple smartphones on T-Mobile.
Just this morning, we reported on the new software becoming available for the Dell Venue Pro, not just for international users, but those on T-Mobile in the States, as well. This news came straight from Dell’s rep via Twitter, so it seemed authoritative. Not so fast, though, because a follow-up tweet has [...]
The Dell Venue Pro is a great Windows Phone but is unfortunately plagued by some issues out of which the WiFi problem being the most serious. A month ago we heard that the update should be out soon and more details emerged and now it appears to be rolling out.
According to Dell’s Lionel Menchaca, the update for the Venue Pro “starts rolling out today for T-Mobile customers in the US + all other customers outside the US”. Its purpose is to fix to WiFi — and other — problems users are experiencing with the handset (in a similar manner to the LG [...]
The Dell Venue Pro could have probably been the most popular Windows Phone if there were no hardware and launch related glitches but still got a 4.5 out of 5 in our review which is among the best scores for a Windows Phone yet.
If initially the 16GB variant went for $500 without a contract, Dell is now selling the phone for $299.99 with no commitment. We’re not sure whether Dell is trying to boost sales or just trying to get rid of units on stock since it wasn’t part of the Windows Phone 7 Mango partner OEMs. Regardless, the Venue Pro is a nice phone to have and $300 [...]
Yesterday we got word that the update to finally fix the Dell Venue Pro’s WiFi and stability issues would be coming to us next month. As should be no surprise when it comes to updates for Windows Phone 7 devices, the truth turns out to be slightly more complicated, but DVP users should all still be able to get their hands on the update by the end of August.
Like we said earlier, some users who are sending their DVPs off for service are getting them back with the new software already on-board, and have given us our first confirmation that it really does seem to work and [...]
Dell could have had something really special with its Windows Phone 7-running Venue Pro. You can’t find hardware like it anywhere else for WP7, and that portrait keyboard might have been just the thing to help Microsoft snag some BlackBerry users. We were soundly impressed with the smartphone when it first arrived, giving it a glowing review last December. That said, after Dell struggled with its efforts to launch the handset, the Venue Pro has been plagued by stability issues and poor WiFi connectivity, somewhat tarnishing its reputation. Half a year later, we’re still [...]
It was earlier this year that we came across the Windows Phone 7-powered Dell Venue Pro up for preorder with proper bands to do AT&T 3G (if you recall, the Venue Pro originally shipped with T-Mobile 3G bands). It’s now available from Dell’s website at an attractive $99 if you sign up for a new two-year on AT&T, or you can get it unlocked for $499. What’s more, the AT&T version comes in 8, 16, and 32GB capacities, while the T-Mobile version maxes out at 16GB. We gave the Venue Pro very high marks when we reviewed it back in December of last year, so if [...]
The Dell Venue Pro was one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 devices to come out but along the way it became the least talked about, especially after all the launch saga came to an end. Back at the end of March we heard that Dell was allegedly preparing another firmware update for the smartphone with no details on fixes or roll-out dates.
This own Dell Venue Pro firmware update will allegedly start rolling out on the 18th of May according to an XDA Developers user who contacted Dell Support regarding some of the issues he was experiencing with the device. The smartphone [...]
Yesterday we heard about T-Mobile HTC HD7 devices getting the NoDo Windows Phone 7 update but there was no word on the Dell Venue Pro platform refresh until Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger for Dell tweeted that the update is coming.
In addition to Dell Venue Pro being updated to NoDo “over time starting today”, Dell is also allegedly preparing another firmware update for the smartphone “coming later”. What the update will bring or fix is yet unknown and we’re not quite sure how the update process will be handled with Windows Phone 7 updates coming [...]
Yesterday we caught wind of a rumor that T-Mobile would begin distributing the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update to HD7 users sometime today. Without any confirmation at the time, nor a particularly convincing source for the news, we really didn’t know what to think and just hoped for the best. Lucky for T-Mobile users, the rumor now appears verified, as the company has started making updates available to not only HD7 users, but Dell Venue Pro owners as well.
T-Mobile customers have reported getting both the February pre-NoDo WP7 update, as well as NoDo itself. We hadn’t [...]