February 3, 2011 | by Chris Smith
If you have followed any of my posts, or even some of Andrew’s, you may know that I am obsessed with BlackBerry or Palm Pre style form factor. When I heard that Dell was making the Dell Venue for Android and it was a close sibling of the Dell Venue Pro Windows 7 portrait slider, I was all in. After months of rumors and crushed dreams, we finally saw that the Dell Venue is basically the same phone as the Dell Venue Pro, but with no stinking slide-out QWERTY. Bummer.
All that aside, the Venue is a sweet device and after a little time overseas, the US will finally get their hands on the Venue from Dell either for T-Mobile or AT&T for a cool $500. The Venue features a 4.1-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz QSD (Snapdragon) processor, 8MP camera /HD video with auto-focus, and a measly 1GB internal storage with expansion via microSD up to 32Gb. For better or for worse, Dell also seems to be clinging onto their Stage UI for the Venue. Also, after looking at the sample picture from theVenue’s camera on Dell’s site, it looks like mega-pixels is not translating into quality, as we have seen with many other Android devices.
Something strange here is that the phone is deemed “unlocked” but you can buy either a T-Mobile or AT&T version. How about we just say that the phone is at full retail price? That sounds better. Anyways, if you have 500 big ones burning a whole in your pocket and you want a Dell Venue Pro that runs Android sans awesome slide-out keyboard, then you may want to check out Dell’s site to see what it’s all about.