Dell Venue Pro Hands-on: Coming to T-Mobile (Sort Of)

The slide-out keyboard is great. The 4.1-inch AMOLED screen is nice and bright–and scratch resistant (thanks to Gorilla Glass). And despite the fact that the Dell Venue Pro is on the heavy side, it feels solid in the hand. It even comes with nice and loud twin speakers. So what’s not to like? Well, it doesn’t look like T-Mobile is selling it directly, as the press release states that the Venue Pro will be available through Dell and select retailers. In fact, the handset got a whole paragraph to itself at the end of a press release for the HD7. Not a good sign.

Still, we can see business customers gravitating toward the Venue Pro as opposed to the HD7, which is more focused on entertainment. And of the two QWERTY Windows Phone 7 devices launched thus far, we actually prefer the typing experience on this device to the LG Quantum. That’s because there are a lot of menus in the OS that don’t switch over to the landscape format. Will consumers care if T-Mobile doesn’t stock this device? Probably not, but we’re still excited to test out the Venue Pro when it launches.

Check out the hands-on video and photo gallery below.

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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