Rogers releasing Dell Venue Pro in March (Windows Phone 7)

Ian Hardy

February 1, 2011 7:34pm


Back in November Microsoft’s Mike O’Sullivan was talking about Windows Phone 7 Canadian devices and said that “there’s a ton of momentum and we’re really excited about this. There’s more devices coming. You’re going to see additional form factors. If you’re the type of person that loves a hardware keyboard, you’re going to see more phones like that coming out in the future, so stay tuned. There’s a lot of excitement in this space and we can’t wait to roll out more devices in the Canadian market.”

The first WP7 device that will be released in 2011 will be with Bell is the HTC HD7. Next up is with Rogers is the Dell Venue Pro and it’s scheduled to be released in March. The Venue Pro also has a full QWERTY physical keyboard and comes with a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel with video capabilities, 8GB internal storage, GPS.

No word on price points.
Source: BGR

  • Alexandre

    The Venue Pro are not only for AWS Band (1700/2100) ?

    F**k *** Videotron, i go with Rogers !

    • zorxd

      It’s not hard to make an other version if the client is worth it. Rogers is important enough… …to get this phone 4-5 months late it seems.

      That being said WP7 need a next generation device to be competitive. This phone is so Q1-2010.

    • TheCyberKnight

      Videotron missed a nice opportunity here. Pitty.

    • zorxd

      according to wikipedia, it’s a quad-band UMTS 850/1700/1900/2100 so should work on Videotron too

  • jellmoo

    Ooooooh man… I’m up for my hardware upgrade in the middle of Feb, and I need it pretty bad. But this is the phone I’ve been waiting for. What to do… What to do…

    • XER

      Buy the phone outright and don’t sign any contracts!

    • jellmoo

      @XER

      Would if I could. But the it seems to be T-Mobile locked off of the Dell site, and this isn’t the sort of thing I like to buy through unofficial channels. Might wait and see what happens once it’s released on Rogers.

  • Keith

    I don’t know why this otherwise awesome phone only comes with 8GB.

    • jellmoo

      There is a 16gb version as well.

    • Keith

      @jellmoo,

      I don’t believe the 16MB version is available in NA though.

    • jellmoo

      It’s listed on the Dell.com website. Whether or not it will be available on Rogers though, I have no idea. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be…

  • Chris Marle

    Hmmm, Dell Venue Pro or HTC HD7?

  • Tim

    Yay, one phone announced for Rogers so far this year!

    Seems like this would be a good phone to start with for Windows Phone 7

  • JAWG

    Rogers sucks. GO WIND GO !!!

  • Jesse

    Hmmm….HD7 or Venue Pro….which to choose….

    • TheCyberKnight

      @Jesse
      Forget the HD7. If you still doubt, try it and look at the LCD, the worst ever in the last years. It suffers from an insane amount of blurred pixels when scrolling that makes text almost unreadable.

      (I have an HD7 and a Focus for development purposes)

    • Keith

      Clearly Cyberknight was given a dud HT7 as a dev phone but the vast majority of HD7 owners love it and the screen is cited as one of its top attributes. Check the users reviews for it on T-Mobile.

    • TheCyberKnight

      @Keith
      I unfortunately don’t think so. Have you ever tried it?
      We have more than 15 phones here for development and trust me, it’s the worst screen of all of them.

      Also Keith, I don’t have much trust of people commenting about the only device they have. There is a tendency to “love” what you paid for.

      The HD7 screen, when static, is nice and within average (nothing close to an AMOLED or Super AMOLED). The problem is when scrolling bright content with dark background. It simply gets unreadable. The LG Optimus 7 by comparison is much better even though it has a standard LCD. And with all the respect your opinion deserve, text reading is an important part of the phone duty.

      If you really want an HD7, it IS a nice phone. Meanwhile, there are MUCH better screens out there.

    • jellmoo

      @Keith

      Honestly, the screen on the HD7 is very poor. If you look at it side by side to the Focus, the difference is almost unbelievable. Every major review I’ve read has listed the screen as a definite weakness.

    • Keith

      @CyberKnight

      Ok thanks, that’s more indepth info on it; you sound sincere and that you really know what you’re talking about and you make a good point about the T-Mobile user reviews.

      The HD7 is the only >= 4″ screen on Bell or Telus (the only viable 3G options in my area) so I have to chose it or wait because I’m defintely not going for less than 4″.

    • TheCyberKnight

      @Keith,

      Like I said, go try it first to forge your own opinion. As harsh as I may sound, the device may fulfill your needs perfectly. Also, I do believe and understand that some people wouldn’t be that displeased with the screen.

      The problem you get into when you see many phones is that you end-up wanting an hybrid device that would have every best component (aka – the perfect phone) which we all know does not exist (yet!).

    • Sub-Joker

      I agree with theCyberKing. the LCD on the HD7 is a carryover from the HD2 and compared to devices like the focus it is kinda crappy.

  • Mel

    What about the battery life?

    How long does it last?

    What is the size of the battery?

    They can pump out all these devices, but with crappy battery, it will be useless and dead in the water.

    • TheCyberKnight

      It is a 1400mAh removeable battery. It is rated 7 hours talk time and 14 days standby.

  • user

    That portrait physical keyboard is so dumb and ugly.

    • Sub-Joker

      I kinda agree with you. holding the phone while typing is gonna be awkward. I don’t get the point of a keyboard if you have 4.1 inch to type. if this thing was 3 inches I would understand, but if you can’t tap on the letters of a 4.1 inch screen then you really have issues.
      btw, I type faster using a touch screen keyboard compared to a physical one. tapping is faster than pushing a button. I know some are not used to tapping, but that’s something you get used to with time.

  • n00b2000

    Sold.

  • chuck

    8GB didn’t cut it. The amount of things on the marketplace will fill that quick. I use to believe in physical keyboards but I find on screen keyboards work just as good. Now that I think about it doesn’t it have a SD Card slot?

    • jellmoo

      The SD card slot is not user accessible on the Venu Pro. Dell has come out and said that you pretty much brick the phone if you swap cards.

    • overkill

      the sd card slot has a sticker over it and you void your warranty if you remove it.

  • blaine50

    I’m not convinced by the WP7 Metro UI with the live tiles. I’m still an android fan and would prefer the Dell Venue Android phone if it became available in Canada. However, I understand from expert reviews that the Dell Venue Pro is one of the best WP7 phones on the market right now. Apparently the portrait keyboard works quite well.

  • Jesse

    I’ve done some looking around…..I’ve heard in most cases that the VP has only 256MB of RAM. Is this true? I’ve heard some one-off articles that say Dell has addressed the issue and said 512MB.

    • zorxd

      it has 512MB but part of that isn’t available to the user, much like on a computer with integrated graphics.

    • overkill

      some of the early shipments had prototype components. Some had less RAM, some had a lower capacity battery, etc.

      In theory that is all fixed now but last I had heard dell was still having some production troubles.

  • overkill

    If this keeps the aws band I might pick it up for Wind. I would have had one months ago if dell.com sold to Canadians.

  • avinkool

    Would if I could. But the it seems to be T-Mobile bound off of the Dell site, and this isn’t the array of affair I like to buy through actionable channels. Might delay and see what happens already it’s appear on Rogers.