The long-awaited Dell Venue, aka “Thunder”, Android 2.2 Froyo based, smartphone is launching in the U.S. today. At CES in January, we debuted the Venue and are very excited to now offer it to our customers. Today, we’ll be offering the 16GB unlocked Dell Venue for $499.99 on Dell.com. The Venue is available with choice in mind as you can select from two different unlocked models (T-Mobile or AT&T). For complete technical details on these different Venue models, please see bottom of post. The first thing you’ll notice about the new Dell Venue smartphone is it’s drop-dead, gorgeous 4.1” capacitive touchscreen that’s been beautifully crafted with artistic convex curves. The super-crisp 800x400 resolution under WVGA AMOLED is truly superb. And it’s made of Gorilla glass, so you know it’s tough. Next, when you pick up the device you’ll notice the Venue’s slick, industrial design. In my view, the lines are sleek and highly unique. This is a device that yearns to be in the hands of mobile executives and savvy urbanites alike. The back panel bears a useful, textured design that assists with grip. The 164 gram device has a very solid look and feel that exudes quality throughout. No doubt the Venue was built for serious use and will withstand nearly everything you can expect from a high-quality smartphone. I’ve been using one for the last few days. One thing that stood out: I was impressed with the snappy speed and performance of the Dell Venue phone. Froyo really comes to life here, especially with the Dell “Stage” UI widgets. Video playback is smooth, photos are crisp and bright and web performance via Wi-Fi and 3G is fast. This is definitely a keeper! The Venue’s 8MP auto-focus, 4x digital zoom, camera and video quality are pretty solid. The dedicated physical camera button (lower right) is a welcome feature. Just like the folks over at Engadget noticed, the picture quality on the Venue is pretty impressive. There are a ton of software options as well to adjust the photo, flash and colors. With the option to add up to a 32MB microSD card inside, you can take plenty of photos and video footage, then easily share them online. Here’s a sample photo I took with the Dell Venue while we were driving through downtown Houston, TX (no, I wasn’t driving -my husband was-so I snapped this picture through the car window). The only negative I could find with this device was the sound volume is a bit low for my taste. I tested the headphones that shipped with the device, as well as another set I use regularly, and was unable to get the sound volume as high as I wanted. As a long-standing user of another smartphone, I have to say, I was impressed by the Dell Venue and am gladly making the switch to the Dell Venue as my primary business phone. The Venue has some impressive specs and makes my other smartphone jealous. Take a look:
AT&T or T-Mobile Versions* The Dell Venue Smartphone will be offered in two (2) different product versions, one that supports T-Mobile and another optimized for AT&T: 1. The AT&T version:
2. The T-Mobile version:
Pricing The Dell Venue will be available for purchase for $499.99 direct from Dell at Dell.com or by calling 1-800-308-3355. The Venue can be purchased and operated on T-Mobile USA and AT&T networks, see specifics above. I would love to hear your feedback, questions or comments below or via the #DellVenue hashtag on twitter.
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Very nice phone if you get the right specs for your carrier! It seems as though the Dell Mobility don't know what i am talking about. I even pointed out to them about your article that there are 2 versions of the Venue phone. One is for ATT carrier and the other is Tmobile. Unfortunately the phone that i received was for ATT version and seems that the lack of knowledge from dell mobility support doesn't even know it. They had me ran around about it, had me calling Tmobile to change my sim card which i did yet it is still running on Edge! Called Dell mobility again and told them the issue. They suggested that Tmobile needs to change their triband to 1900 which i beleive it is in the phone itself that needs it as Tmobile runs on 1700 not 1900! Finally i gave up on it and told them i want to return the phone back. I hope that maybe you can relay this to the Dell Mobility that there are two (2) versions of the phone!!!!!!!