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 Qwerty thumb-keyboard, so it’s also going to be thicker. The Venue Pro has a larger 1400 mAh battery versus the HD7’s 1230 mAh battery, but the difference in battery life is negligible. For more details on the hardware differences between the Venue Pro and HD7, see PDAdb.net.
The HD7 has a better flash on its 5Mp camera, but any photo taken in low-light has a pink tint to it. Furthermore, the Venue Pro’s camera button is much easier to press, so even though the HD7 has a better flash, the Venue Pro doesn’t require a very hard, shaky squeeze to take a picture (thus causing blur) and it has better color reproduction.
The Venue Pro has a 4.1″ AMOLED screen with very deep blacks and vibrant color reproduction, however image banding and dithering is much more visible than on the HD7. The HD7 has a larger 4.3″ screen, but more washed-out color.
In terms of bundled software, the Venue Pro has the same T-Mobile bundled apps; Telenave GPS, T-Mobile TV, My Account, and Family Room… in addition to two other apps; Newsroom and Pageonce Finance. Since the HD7 is made by HTC, you’ll also get a bunch of HTC-made apps that really add a lot of value to the device. Attentive Phone, HTC’s YouTube app, Flashlight, Stocks, Notes, Photo Enhancer and the HTC Hub with live weather updates are among the best.
The Venue Pro can be had for $99 with a 2 year contract as the 8Gb model, or $149 in 16Gb while the HTC HD7 can be had for $199 with a 2 year contract. Unfortunately the Dell Venue Pro has been plagued by production issues during its initial release. Brandon was able to get one that was very stable and works famously, however the one I received originally crashes hard while downloading apps over WiFi.
Now that you’ve seen all the pros and cons with both the Dell Venue Pro and HTC HD7, which one do you like better?