Posted 18 May 2011
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Not too long ago, we took a look at Dell's Venue smartphone. A slate-styled phone with Android 2.2 along with the company's own Stage UI. But it's arguable that the Venue is the quiet brother compared to the boisterous Venue Pro. Those who closely follow the smartphone space will likely remember Dell's early ambitions, and while the Aero never posed much of a threat to any other Android phone, the Venue Pro -- once known as the Lightning -- always seemed like a formidable competitor.
At a glance, the Venue Pro looks just like the Venue. And specifications-wise, they're largely the same as well. The Venue Pro has the same 4.1" AMOLED display (800 x 480 resolution), 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, 5MP autofocus camera, 8GB of internal storage space, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, GPS, an FM radio tuner and no extra microSD card slot -- an unfortunate staple of numerous WP7 devices.
However, the Venue Pro's dimensions are somewhat different. The Venue Pro is 2mm thicker than the Venue, thanks to the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that is included here. There's a virtual keyboard for those who'd rather not use the physical buttons, but having a keyboard could be a major selling point for those who may be interested in trying WP7 but are coming from a BlackBerry world.