Dell Venue Pro vs HTC HD7

dell venue pro 04 560x420 Dell Venue Pro vs HTC HD7

If you are on T-Mobile and you have decided that you are going the route of Windows Phone 7, then this article is for you. The one thing I am really starting to appreciate about Windows Phone is that the deciding factor becomes the form factor and the quality of components. Well, almost.

Speaking of Identical Software

OK, there are some manufactures trying to differentiate themselves with slightly different Windows Phone features and software and frankly if it gets any deeper than it is now, the consistency that makes Windows Phone great will come unraveled.

HTC is currently on my sh1t list <strike>adding</strike> cluttering the Marketplace with their own “HTC Apps” menu. These are Apps that HTC made that you can only download if you have an HTC phone. Many of them are useless or duplicates of already available apps, we don’t need a graphically fancier stock quote app that doesn’t fit with the Windows Phone UI.

There is a nice app called “Attentive Phone” which will lower the volume on the ringer if you pick it up or ring louder when it’s in your pocket or turn on the speaker phone when you lie it face down. Even though I can do without, it’s a useful app- but it should not be limited to HTC phones. It paints HTC in a bad light knowing they are holding such a feature hostage in their own walled off app store.

I strongly commend Dell for keeping the Venue Pro as a pure Windows Phone install and focusing on making the hardware awesome.

dell venue pro vs htc hd7 apps 560x420 Dell Venue Pro vs HTC HD7

Screen

The HTC HD7 has a 4.3” LCD screen whereas the Dell Venue Pro has a 4.1” AMOLED. Comparing them side by side the AMOLED on the Dell VP really pops- more vivid colors, faster refresh rate, and deeper blacks. It’s pretty easy to see which is better side by side, but im not sure the difference really matter when you are using the same phone daily. The LCD screen still looks great on the HD7 and I’m not sure you would regret not going with an AMOLED screen. In other words, AMOLED would be my preference, but it wouldn’t be a make or break feature.

If you notice, the Dell has a bowed out screen, this gives it a really nice overall feel in your hand but I question the practicality of the design. I don’t like the idea that if I set my phone face down, it would rest on the center of the screen. It’s a hard glass composite that won’t scratch easily but if done enough times you could see some ware in the center of the screen. Not good. It also is a slight ergonomic issue in that when you reach across the screen your thumb doesn’t always touch the screen at the correct angle because of the convex bow. I’m nitpicking and its not a huge deal- it was a very slight sacrifice in usability for a better design and feel in your hand.

Form Factor

This is where it becomes a personal taste- it’s not possible to debate what is better since we all have different sized hands and different needs. So I will take you through my reasoning to help guide you around your decision.

Tactile Sliding Keyboard vs Touch Only

Personally I always find comfort in a tactile keyboard, but have become quite comfortable with the Windows Phone touch keyboard. The Dell VP’s slide out keyboard is a bit cramped but very usable. I find that I type about the same speed on the touch screen as I do the tactile keyboard, but there is a big advantage to having the tactile keyboard- you can see the entire screen when you type. Having the tactile keyboard allows you to see the entire messaging thread when you are composing a new one.

I am also finding that it is easier to reach the back button when you have the slider open. Sometimes I flip it open just so I can reach the back button without holding it precariously at the base of the phone.

dell venue pro back button 560x420 Dell Venue Pro vs HTC HD7

Size

The HTC HD7 is only a few millimeters wider, but it makes a really big difference in my hands. The HD7 is simply too big. Without a case I feel like the HD7 will slip out of my hands especially when holding at the bottom to press the touch buttons at the bottom. I almost never put cases on my devices, but I did so with the HD7 to give me a better grip on the phone. The extra 0.2” in screen size on the HD7 is more of a hindrance than an asset. The thicker size of the Venue Pro makes it more confortable to hold as well.

Build Quality

I have always love the build quality of HTC phones and that doesn’t change with the HD7. The main housing and skeleton of the phone is made of metal giving it a really solid feel. The kickstand on the HD7 is also robust and stays out of the way when you don’t need it. I would give the HD7 a perfect 10 on build quality except for one thing. The volume button rattles and makes a clinking sound.

The Venue Pro is also well build, feels solid, and just overall feels good in your hand. It is however a little more plastic feeling, not necessarily bad, just different. It’s akin to a Dell netbook with a really nice textured etching on the back and an embossed Dell logo.

Camera

I have been carrying the HTC Incredbile for quite some time now and its been the best camera on a phone I’ve ever used- the HD7 and the Dell Venue Pro both fail by comparison. The HD7 is better than the Venue Pro. Even though you can get comparable photos with the two something is really wacked with the white balance on the Venue Pro. Taking photos of a white receipt tuned out green for several shots before it took a correct white photo. It was nearly impossible to get a good low light indoor photo with the Dell Venue Pro as you can see from the comparison photos. HD7 doesn’t do that good indoors either but it’s not nearly as bad as the VP. The other nice thing about the HD7 is its dual LED flash which is blinding compared to the Venue Pro’s weak LED flash.

In short they both suck, but the HD7 sucks less. These are $500 phones! Put cameras that wok in them please.

Battery life

This one is hard to judge after a few days. Both have made it through the day and preform like any other smartphone battery. You can blow though a battery on any smartphone with the “right” radios (GPS, Wi-Fi, ect) on. I don’t see the HT7 and Dell VP turning out any different. I’ll let you know if I find otherwise.

Sound Quality

Sound quality is good and it will be good for the majority, but being tuned in to how things sound and sporting a $500 pair if Sure SE530s- there is certainly room for improvement on both devices. Both lack clarity in the mids and the highs on the Dell VP are not as bright as the HD7. Comparing them I would choose the HD7 over the Dell in terms of sound quality though it’s a slight improvement. Also to note, the HD7 has sound enhancements and a preset EQ if you are into that.

Speaker

The built in speaker on the Venue Pro is fantastic and compares to the HTC Surround, not quite as loud but pretty darn close. It works great for podcasts and watching Netflix and music if you are ok with the lo-fi sound. This powerful speaker also comes in handy for talking on speakerphone- its loud enough to use in a moving car. The HD7 on the other hand is pretty weak on the volume. Not something you can use in a car but will be ok with the kick stand up watching Netflix on your desk in a quiet office/room.

Conclusion

I like the Dell Venue Pro better and this is mostly due to its form factor. I really dig the qwerty vertical slider, it allows you to see the entire screen while typing and it just feels better in my hand. For me the HD7 is simply too big to hold. I really like the powerful speaker on the Dell Venue Pro but am pretty disappointed with the camera’s performance, though it’s not much better than the HD7. For you to make the decision it it’s about the form factor and you like the idea of a vertical slider- I can tell you that it works really well.

138 Comments

Fred Beiderbecke on December 23, 2010 12:01 AM

Thanks for the comparison. As a T-Mobile customer (HD2) the two phones are appealing to me. It is nice to see the comparison.

JC on December 23, 2010 12:37 AM

The Venue Pro’s camera looks better to be honest. (top row right?)
1. It has more details for the receipt comparison, so it has better macro shot. (You can see the small dots at the grey area)
2. On the third picture, HD7′s picture has much more noise in it. If both are set as auto white balance, the Venue Pro is more accurate (Thou you can still manually change it). [Maybe you can set both to the lower/same ISO and get another shot]
3. For the first image, the colour for Venue Pro is nicer as well, HD7 is taking in too much light making it a little washed out. Venue Pro also has more details as well if you compare the small signs on the store. (I realised you didn’t resize the HD7′s image for this)

Although the green thing you have with the receipt is going to be a pain. (Hopefully it is just a software bug)

Just my opinion.

You’re probably the only reviewer that actually tested their audio quality fully, great for people who want to carry something less in the future.

melloncollie128 on December 23, 2010 12:37 AM

The vertical keyboard is really the big winner here. Without it, I’d say the two are deadlocked.

John W. on December 23, 2010 12:58 AM

I really hope they can fix the Venue Pro’s camera through a software update. It’s the only thing holding me back from grabbing one.

Brian on December 23, 2010 1:17 AM

So, the venue pro is unlocked, but the HD7 is restricted to t-mobile?

Tommy on December 23, 2010 2:57 AM

Wow, that slide-out keyboard is reminiscent of the Nokia E62′s qwerty. In my opinion, they shouldn’t make it so flush, I know it pops out a bit, but it should have some sort of angle for easier finger feedback. But man, those phones are looking spectacular.

Jerry S. on December 23, 2010 3:27 AM

Nice review! Hopefully you can compare the Nokia E7 with Dell Venue Pro!

But im still weary on the battery life on both phones that are being compared…

SprayMyPerfume on December 23, 2010 3:40 AM

I think that the Dell has a More sensual design in terms of buttons. I mean it has bigger buttons. Look at that Windows button!

Ralph on December 23, 2010 4:13 AM

I haven’t tried typing on a portrait slider QWERTY yet, but I suppose a physical keyboard is better than nothing. Also, an AMOLED screen can do wonders (as long as you aren’t in direct sunlight). I guess the Venue Pro wins it for me.

Blake Winfield on December 23, 2010 4:26 AM

You know as great as Windows Phone 7 is I still think Android is superior. But it is still better than that iOS crap they are pushing out of Cupertino. Thank You that is all. :)

Adam on December 23, 2010 4:30 AM

I think that the Venue Pro is better because of the AMOLED screen, it’s brighter, more vivid colors, virtually unlimited viewing angles and blacks that are nearly true black. The screen size is not a big difference between the two(4.1 vs 4.3) and because of the smaller screen on the dell, you have higher pixel density which equates to clearer text. Also, with the keyboard(even though I don’t like how it’s vertical instead of horizontal) you have a choice on whether you want to use the screen or physical keyboard. I have to admit though that build quality might be better on the HTC. Lastly, on those images that phones took, the Venue Pro did an awesome job. It’s colors were vivid and looked so much more natural and warmer than, per se, the HD7, which looks washed out and just doesn’t show as much detail.

Shinbum on December 23, 2010 6:23 AM

I love how the forum admins put so much effort for us users to see the difference between the Apple Iphone vs. forum topics. Keep it up, man. They’re awesome.

JK on December 23, 2010 7:01 AM

I wonder if the Dell Venue Pro overall build is better than the LG Optimus 7. I have the Optimus 7 and I must say that it’s the most comfortable device with it’s sold metal backing and a soft plastic feeling around the bezel. Honestly, LG are making some solid phones lately. I dare say soon to be neck and neck with Samsung?… =)

Cheers!

Spacelord on December 23, 2010 7:13 AM

I really liked the HTC hd2, but with the old os I passed on the phone. Along comes the hd7 with a shiny new os on a restyled hd2. I personally think after holding both phones that the hd2 has better build quality. The hd2 didn’t have as much of a “plastic” feel that the hd7 has. The hd7′s kickstand feels flimsy and and would be of little use to me. I guess I’m saying I would like an hd2 with wp7 on it.

Jearv on December 23, 2010 9:41 AM

Thanks for this! I’m on T-Mobile and have been really interested in the Windows Phone line. Just like your site, I’m tired of seeing Apple everywhere and I take comfort in knowing that there are better options out there. I’ve been contemplating about getting the Venue Pro after my contract runs out cause it looks really nice, plus I don’t like touchscreen keypads.

SerialSucider on December 23, 2010 11:27 AM

Nice to see the Venue Pro finally out. Excellent review. Thanks for the effort.

Tim on December 23, 2010 12:48 PM

View looks nicer, but it too thick for my liking… hence the ‘pro’ tag i guess.

slitz on December 23, 2010 12:56 PM

I’m laughing at your application image, but knowing HTC I’m not surprised they branded their own name on the apps (It’s “Life without Walls” by the way).

me on December 23, 2010 1:07 PM

I know there’s no such thing as a “perfect phone”, but when paying so much for one I expect it to be as close as possible and frankly I think neither came close enough.

Mr. Popo on December 23, 2010 1:47 PM

The venue pro kinda reminds me of the Cowon S9, does it fit similarly in the hand?

Grahm Skee on December 23, 2010 3:07 PM

No, it’s thicker and more to hold on to. more comfortable than the S9. But did you see the D3 will be out soon? We know specs but not the formfactor. http://anythingbutipod.com/2010/12/the-cowon-d3-becomes-reality/

The larch on December 23, 2010 3:48 PM

Winphone7 looks nice but I don’t think it can catch up to android at this point.

electron on December 23, 2010 3:53 PM

Like the comparison, but I have to ask, how “loose” is the slider in the Venue?

Brian on December 23, 2010 3:54 PM

In terms of screen size, I honestly can’t tell the difference between the two. But the Venue Pro’s screen is prettier and it’s also lighter and smaller as a whole, so if I had to choose between the two I would probably go with the venue pro.

I’m not exactly sure with slide out keyboards, because I always find on-screen keyboards a little easier to type on. The WP7 on screen keyboard is great, but I wouldn’t mind saving a little screen space with a slide out keyboard.

SprayMyPerfume on December 23, 2010 4:17 PM

The Dell Venue has a Amoled screen. The HD7 has a TFT LCD. I think that Dell wins the whole game :)

Woldstad on December 23, 2010 5:24 PM

Wasn’t the previous Dell phone supposedly a failure? With that said, I still want the Dell Venue Pro!

JxK on December 23, 2010 5:42 PM

Nice review. By any chance have you ever used a samsung captivate? I know the two phones use different platforms, but I’m curious as to your general impressions about how the devices differ.

Robert Mutton on December 23, 2010 6:19 PM

The HD7 is far better IMHO. The phone is a two handed phone unfortunately, I am always holding it in my left hand and doing what ever i want to with my right hand. I type with both hands. The HD7 camera sucks, seriously, it takes good shots but then sometimes they are blurry, and then when you have the flash on (on by default), then it is just way to bright. The HD7 makes very clear calls and the HTC apps are great…it adds value to HTC WP7′s.

BL93 on December 23, 2010 6:33 PM

In my opinion, the HD7′s aesthetics are miles ahead of the Venue Pro. It’s just something about the two chrome strips that make it look like an unfinished product

Tommy on December 23, 2010 6:35 PM

Why didn’t HTC put an AMOLED screen in their HD7. It’s not like they haven’t done it for their other phones in the past, putting the TFT screen in there was a stupid move. It’s 2010 now!

Brian on December 23, 2010 6:36 PM

@BL93 Really? I think the Venue Pro looks amazing. The HD7 looks a little lame with the screen and matte finish, but I think the Venue Pro’s edges make it looks really slick.

Jeami on December 23, 2010 6:43 PM

Great comparison. I’ll be bookmarking this site as I am coming from anythingbutipod and i’m gonna have to change my cellphone soon.
Keep up the good work!

agent on December 23, 2010 8:38 PM

@Brian Actually, the DVP is heavier than the HD7. GSMArena lists the weight for the DVP as 192.8g, while the HD7 is 162g.

Nick Battaglia on December 23, 2010 9:00 PM

I wish every new phone had an OLED screen, they just look so much better than LCDs.

Steve on December 23, 2010 9:09 PM

i would buy the dell, because of the qwerty

Brian on December 23, 2010 9:42 PM

@agent Huh. I had no idea – I always thought the HD7 was a brick compared to the Venue Pro. I guess the keyboard makes it a lot heavier.

Regardless, the Venue Pro would be a little easier to hold and fit in my pocket cause it’s not as wide. Thickness for me isn’t an issue.

longcipher on December 24, 2010 1:49 AM

Decisions, decisions… personally, I would take either of these beauties. Food for thought: HTC has a great track record making phones; Dell is somewhat new to the game, that could count for something when thinking of the longevity of these devices.

Brian on December 24, 2010 2:31 AM

@longchiper Apparently Dell’s XCD series phones weren’t so great. I don’t think they never made it into the ‘states. HTC makes a lot of phones – some of them are good, but HTC has some pretty awful spots on its track record (http://www.htcclassaction.org/) and most of the phones they make are never perfect.

The DarkSide on December 24, 2010 2:41 AM

Wow, I really like the Dell Venue Pro, but the sound enhancements on the HTC HD7 really make it a winner. Still, the screen on the HTC HD7 is great @4.3 inches, even if it isn’t AMOLED.

Matthew B. on December 24, 2010 6:44 AM

In my opinion the htc wins. I would trust it more mainly cuz it has more experience in phone market than dell. on the other hand, updates for dell should be always available (no need to “re-customize” the new update for WP7, like HTC will be trying to do).

Joe on December 24, 2010 9:43 AM

I’m leaning more towards the HTC. While the dell is very tempting, I’d like to play with windows phone a little more before I commit to it.

SerialSucider on December 24, 2010 12:15 PM

I wish every new phone had an OLED screen, they just look so much better than LCDs.

Kcop on December 24, 2010 1:37 PM

The refresh rate on the HD7 is a real pain in the backside and it’s a total mystery for me how a premium product like this (with a premium price tag on it) can be shipped with such a low quality screen.
Scrolling trough any list just looks awful on the HD 7.

Revan on December 24, 2010 2:53 PM

i prefer the hd7, i already own an htc phone with android and i have really nothing to complain about it. never tried a dell phone though

Ariel Herrera on December 24, 2010 4:17 PM

i would go for the dell venue
since im mostly a dell fanboy
the keyboard is pretty awesome

Yazad on December 24, 2010 4:58 PM

Thanks for the comparison, it was interesting, i guess people who want the bigger screen should go for the htc and people who like texting a lot should go with the dell :)

Weier on December 24, 2010 6:17 PM

T-mobile really needs to get another windows 7 phone, because so far the HD7 has been getting lackluster reviews. When I tried it out, the interface was smooth but there is still nothing special about the HD7′s hardware. I would reconsider upgrading if you already own an HD2.

agent on December 24, 2010 6:48 PM

I’m really hoping the Dell Venue Pro will be released in Canada at some point. Or, if Dell starts releasing unlock codes, that’d be awesome too!

Brian on December 24, 2010 7:19 PM

I’ve never really used a portrait keyboard before – I always felt the keys were a little too small for my liking and that my thumbs would get in the way. Landscape keyboards are a little better, but honestly, I like the on-screen keyboard the best. That might change in the case that I get a phone with a physical keyboard.

SerialSucider on December 24, 2010 7:48 PM

i would buy the dell, because of the qwerty

Milan on December 24, 2010 9:34 PM

This comparison is just what i needed! I’m definitely going with the venue pro because it won’t make anyone indifferent when they look/use it. However, the HTC is still hands down the most beautifull phone to date.

Would it be too much to ask for a samsung omnia 7 vs. dell venue pro?

sooevo on December 24, 2010 10:30 PM

Nice review! I also hate the fact that HTC is making aseperate app store for windows 7 but what I hate most is the fact that HTC is trying to bring the sense UI to these phones! I guess HTC just wants to reallly differentiate from the competition but is it really worth it when so many people just want a functional stock os that isn’t bogged down by HTC specific apps and modification?

Jack4L on December 24, 2010 11:07 PM

Doubt we’ll ever get any of the Dell devices to the EU :/ Or atleast finland. I think we only have the Omnia 7 over here.

Mr. Popo on December 25, 2010 3:02 AM

Yea, why do they feel that making a new set of apps will improve the user’s experience?

dragnandy on December 25, 2010 4:52 AM

The Dell Venue looks so eye catching, while the HTC looks real wide..both phones are great tho!

César on December 25, 2010 6:23 AM

really hard to choose, the physical keyboard seems great but i have never been a fan of sliders, and the HD 6 is thinner, , , decisions, decisions, , ,

SerialSucider on December 25, 2010 9:24 AM

i would go for the dell venue
since im mostly a dell fanboy
the keyboard is pretty awesome

Nikko on December 25, 2010 10:38 AM

I think HD7 really is too big but that’s just my opinion, I don’t know about you guys.

Tommy on December 25, 2010 10:49 AM

In good honesty, both phones are great! However, with regards to the camera quality, they both need to step up their game. The Nokia N8 features a 12.0MP camera w/ Carl Zeiss optics. It’s just too bad that Nokia doesn’t realize that they need to update their OS. The N900 however was interesting with it’s MeeGo progress.

Yazad on December 25, 2010 11:02 AM

i would honestly go with the htc hd7 cause it is slimmer and more my style, i like the kickstand and the huge screen too, plus i’m not a fan of the portrait qwerty keyboards, they are too small and too uncomfortable in my opinion.

David Nodave on December 25, 2010 12:55 PM

I agree with previous posts, Dell Venue Pro!

Thierry on December 25, 2010 1:30 PM

Is it possible for you to review different WP7 Phones?
Because the way I feel now is that the Dell VP and HTC HD7 are too big to carry around as a phone.
Maybe the LG Optimus 7. I’m thinking about getting it.

me myself on December 25, 2010 4:57 PM

I too hate the custom mods almost all vendors include with the terminals.
It’s a pain to have to wait while they add “features” to the updates to install them.
It would be fair if they offer these “improvements” whoever wants them but not make them a must to.
The adds only bloat the hardware and add nothing new (if not, why wait for next update?).
I’d like to test the VENUE. I’m not (for now at least) in the ONLY tactile interfaces. I need some button still.
Will see what’s coming from this start…

SerialSucider on December 25, 2010 7:24 PM

The vertical keyboard is really the big winner here. Without it, I’d say the two are deadlocked.

agent on December 25, 2010 10:53 PM

I’d be really interested in a Venue Pro vs. Nexus S comparison.

Tommy on December 26, 2010 2:23 AM

After looking at those screen shots some more, it seems like there’s an issue with White Balance on the HD7. The Dell Venue Pro on the other hand has the extra oomph in the colors which adds warmth overall.

Weier on December 26, 2010 4:08 AM

Yeah, I think the deciding thing would be the screen in this case. Microsoft’s darker UI would go well with a SAMOLED screen.

rahul on December 26, 2010 8:34 AM

About the screens, how would you rate the outdoor visibility of the two screens? And for sound quality, can you provide some RMAA results?

GameTraveler on December 26, 2010 8:38 AM

Will you get a long term test comparison? First looks and previews are great, but after one uses either of them for a bit, will your opinion change?

SerialSucider on December 26, 2010 9:21 AM

both phones look huge! but Dell wins in terms of ergonomics, hands down.

Yazad on December 26, 2010 9:47 AM

THE VENUE PRO ACTUALLY HAS A LOT OF VALUE COMPARED TO OTHER PHONES, IT MUCH CHEAPER THAN THE COMPETITION oops, sorry didn’t realise i was typing with caps lock on lol :)

Weier on December 26, 2010 9:29 PM

Can anyone comment on how well the portrait slide out keyboard feels when compared to the traditional landscape keyboard? To me, it feels that holding a keyboard at the bottom of a slate looking phone would be awkward.

ytz on December 27, 2010 4:45 AM

Never really heard of the Dell Venue Pro. Most probably because I am in Asia. But we do have the Dell Streak…

For me, I will pick a phone with a larger screen anytime.

Huong on December 27, 2010 9:44 AM

I have to say with this review I find myself leaning to the Dell due to the shape and handling of the body. You say it has a plastic feel, but I was wondering if the backing has any give (same goes to the HTC) since I have broken an mp3 player’s screen from the give.

Yazad on December 27, 2010 10:03 AM

haha :P i love that little drawing in the top right corner of the second picture :)

Yazad on December 27, 2010 10:07 AM

i am actually starting to like the vertical slider and the keyboard because of all the advantages like more screen space to view messages when typing etc.

themkc on December 27, 2010 1:03 PM

Did you guys get a pre-production version of the Venue Pro? I didn’t know it had been released yet! :O

Strider_Auz on December 27, 2010 2:22 PM

Get a Samsung Focus review please. I think this is the best WP7 launch device !

Mark89 on December 27, 2010 6:56 PM

Awesome devices and very good review!
I admin that I prefer Nexus S but these are great too.
Anythingbutiphone rocks and will rock more if give me one of these phone.

bingofuel on December 28, 2010 1:22 AM

Thanks for the comparison. I have to admit I’m really intrigued by the DVP and am considering switching to WP7 when my contract is up this spring. The only thing that bothers me is that it’s a Dell. Aside from the current delays in getting the DVP to the market, Dell has always floundered (more or less) when it comes to non-PC hardware. Dell Televisions, Dell Axim handhelds, Dell DJ mp3 players, etc, have all come and gone, leaving Dell no better off than when they started. Even the recent Dell Aero was met with scathing reviews and left the tech community wondering Dell has the cajones to see these products through. I suppose only time will tell with the DVP, but I hope Dell has learned from their past mistakes.

JetJock on December 28, 2010 2:17 AM

Can you please check something for me. I have noticed that on my DVP, zooming any picture (stored or coming from the cloud) from the default size causes it to go a little blurry. I have a great night picture of Chicago at 10,000 feet and on my HD2 it is as sharp as can be, even zoomed in. On the DVP, the city lights look sharp until just a little zoom is applied then the image becomes blurry. I am thinking this is a WP7 issue with the photo display software. Whether it is zoomed just a tiny amount or maxed out, the image looks blurry. I tried to see if was the case with a HD7 at a TMo store but I wasn’t able to use the same picture I have although it looked to me that the HD7 was doing the same thing. Thanks, Gordo

firsthand on December 28, 2010 2:59 AM

I like the phone design of the Dell. It’s camera also has better picture.

Corey on December 28, 2010 3:31 AM

I don’t much care for physical keyboards in general, but I like the look of that vertical slide keyboard a LOT! It gives off the vibe of “we refuse to compromise in any way.”

Nimish shah on December 28, 2010 6:55 AM

both phones look sleek and attractive to me. however i am staying away from sliders because my last slider from samsung gave me headaches whenever the strip connecting the two parts used to tear off and then you feel each strip costs a bomb especially if your phone is crappy.
whats with the size of the phones these days. people are coming up with humongous phones like galaxy s . they need to tone down a bit.

Yazad on December 28, 2010 8:14 AM

We need more Android phones made of metal!!!

SerialSucider on December 28, 2010 12:01 PM

i think the pre-production model has just 256MB of RAM. lame…

Relyt on December 28, 2010 1:52 PM

Probably the best comparison between the two. I wouldn’t buy an HTC phone anymore because of the hinderance they impose upon their phones AND the Dell Venue Pro is just so good looking in this situation, but informative nonetheless.

Relyt on December 28, 2010 4:44 PM

And I agree with Yazad! Android phone designs typically lag behind iOS and WP7 devices, especially the Dell VP!

Emmanuel Oals on December 28, 2010 10:26 PM

The dell looks more like a solid phone and i think looks more professional!

ix3pho on December 29, 2010 4:49 AM

Both of these phones are very nice and sleek.

Lucien Dominick G. Tiojanco on December 30, 2010 2:20 AM

One good thing about HTC is that they have proven themselves in the smartphone arena. Dell is pretty new and they may or may not support their phones the same way HTC does. HOWEVER, I am loving Dell Venue Pro’s form factor.

Rom on December 30, 2010 3:17 AM

I would prefer an option for a physical qwerty input other than a full-touch typing any time given that the form factor is not too thick. I also like the fact that the Venue Pro used Gorilla glass.

the Dell Venue Pro’s poor battery life issue is another thing.

pajjap on December 30, 2010 7:12 AM

nice review… i like the dell venue pro better… but i really think the metro ui rocks!

macilaci457 on December 30, 2010 9:54 AM

Dell made an unique look phone. But how can this keyboard used for gaming? ;-) Considering landscape mode at all?

macilaci457 on December 30, 2010 9:59 AM

Oh I just noticed. Those HTC cam ‘ucks again. I newer could understand this. It would cost 5 or 10 bucks more if they would by a proper camera to their phone? There are people making decisions in the company. Why cant they make good ones?

SerialSucider on December 31, 2010 1:30 AM

both are too big for my pocket

agent on December 31, 2010 3:18 AM

@macilaci457: I don’t think the keyboard was meant for gaming. It’s more suited for messaging, email, and document editing. Besides, most games are touch-based anyways.

Yazad on December 31, 2010 9:52 AM

@Relyt,
Exactly, I am sick of amazing Android phones made of cheap plastic that turns your phone into a fingerprint magnet. It may look good in pictures but once you’ve used it for a while i looks terrible.

SerialSucider on January 1, 2011 7:58 PM

Both of these phones are very nice and sleek.

Weier on January 1, 2011 10:14 PM

@agent
depending on the keyboard, they are sometimes useful for people who like to use game emulators that usually work better/exclusively with a full qwerty keyboard. I can’t see it working very well with the Dell, though, because of the portrait keyboard… unless you’re okay with playing with a scaled down gaming window.

Ian Revereza on January 1, 2011 10:29 PM

It seems that all the comparison reviews out there favor the Dell Venue Pro over the HD7.

Globiboulga on January 2, 2011 12:12 AM

HTC might be adding extras, but frankly, they’re usually useful enough to better the actual current offering without being overly designed to sell crap. Although saying that, the new HTC.com service does have some annoying features as well (looking at you HTC friends).

SerialSucider on January 2, 2011 1:33 PM

Awesome devices and very good review!
I admin that I prefer Nexus S but these are great too.
Anythingbutiphone rocks and will rock more if give me one of these phone.

Sid Adams on January 2, 2011 6:32 PM

After my experince with the Cowon J3, the dell wins as i just love amoled screens.

Brian on January 3, 2011 4:34 AM

So it turns out that the HTC app store contains some gems like Youtube. But other than that, it’s pretty much useless provided the amount of excellent apps on the marketplace.

almosttrae on January 3, 2011 5:22 PM

i think the dell is better, i dont think i would like a touschscreen only keyboard without swype..

Taikaw on January 4, 2011 2:24 AM

I’ve always thought that a slide out tactile qwerty keyboard was there for faster typing…
I haven’t really played w/ recent smartphones so I can’t really judge on the tactile feed back of touch screens, but if it’s the same speed, I feel that a slide out would be pointless, unless there’s a significant difference in tactile feel, if you know what I mean.

Anyways, very nice review.

asc29 on January 4, 2011 7:18 PM

Nice Review. I believe those 2 Windows7 Phones are the most interesting Windows7 Phones out today.

AZAmazed on January 5, 2011 2:59 AM

Personally I like the HD2 form factor but I like how the screen goes in for the Dell…

Does anybody know if you’re able to change keyboards on WM7? Like in Android, cause I wouldn’t mind a touch screen keyboard with Swiftkey. Have come to love that thing.

sebastian on January 5, 2011 6:45 AM

Liking the Venue Pro over the HTC.

Yazad on January 5, 2011 4:59 PM

Like the venue pro tactile keyboard, but love the sexy slimness of the hd7

gobluetwo on January 5, 2011 8:02 PM

Toughest thing for me to come to grips with is the fact that I just haven’t had a chance to play with WP7 yet. Android and Apple I know. WP7 not so much.

Ian Revereza on January 6, 2011 3:02 AM

I hate branded extras and bloatware.

firsthand on January 6, 2011 4:33 PM

The WP7′s simplistic UI made it very attractive.

Mr. Popo on January 6, 2011 11:09 PM

That stupid app store killed the device, why couldn’t they just leave it alone?

sebastian on January 7, 2011 4:50 PM

Couldn’t agree more.

Khem on January 7, 2011 8:55 PM

Dell Venue Pro is the winner in my books too.
Dell has just got their design “right” – HTC is too hit-and-miss for my liking.

Brian on January 8, 2011 5:33 AM

@Ian Revereza well, some of the HTC apps are quite useful, like the flashlight app, but I hate how it’s branded like you said.

Brian on January 8, 2011 5:35 AM

@Khem yea, same here, the VP looks really sleek compared to the HD7. HTC doesn’t seem to make very pretty phones, ever.

sebastian on January 8, 2011 6:06 AM

@Khem Not just the design but the thing is too huge. Not the kinda thing I’d like to hold on my hand next to my ear for more than a few minutes.

sebastian on January 8, 2011 6:07 AM

I meant the HTC HD7.

Rodrigo on January 8, 2011 9:06 AM

I personally don’t trust Dell much, after having numerous issues with their computers, monitors etc I wouldn’t spend my money in a phone from them.

Brian on January 9, 2011 3:17 AM

@Rodrigo Well, their phone team would be apart from the rest of the company, and what I see is they’ve one a pretty good job on the Venue Pro.

Brian on January 9, 2011 3:17 AM

Tech support would be the same I think, and I’ve heard Dell doesn’t offer very good support.

bingofuel on January 9, 2011 8:06 PM

Anyone had any luck unlocking a DVP? Even if you order one at the full retail price, it is still locked to T-Mo, and they reportedly won’t unlock it for you (despite having paid the full, non-contract price!). I’d buy a DVP right now if I could use it in Canada and overseas.

Andrew on January 10, 2011 3:30 AM

I would kill for the Venue Pro! Love it.

sebastian on January 10, 2011 6:39 PM

@bingofuel
Did you try searching in google or youtube for it? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a couple of links of people who’ve unblocked it.

bingofuel on January 10, 2011 7:45 PM

@sebastian
Google, why didn’t I think of that?
Of course I searched first. I’m not asking for the process itself, what I want to know is has anyone gotten an unlock code from T-Mo? There isn’t even anyone on eBay yet that can provide the code through one of those unlocking services.

Yazad on January 11, 2011 2:51 PM

HTC HD&:
Too BIG :(
Branded :(

sebastian on January 11, 2011 4:09 PM

@bingofuel
Geez sorry , I was only giving suggestions. I gotta say that I’ve seen lots of people around the internet who are just to lazy to do even searches.

almosttrae on January 13, 2011 1:10 AM

the venue pro is awesome, and it has amoled,i wanttttit

Joga on January 13, 2011 12:40 PM

what a beauty! want itttt…

Fathoni on January 13, 2011 12:51 PM

Nice review! Thanks for the effort. :D

sebastian on January 14, 2011 4:20 PM

@Joga
You’re not the only one.

sebastian on January 15, 2011 12:05 AM

Well tomorrow we’ll finally know who wins the contest.

sebastian on January 15, 2011 5:57 AM

Today is the day,

Randy on January 18, 2011 10:56 PM

Sorry, more a question than a comment. Can any one say how the ear piece call quality is? I have read two reviews that stated on the receiving end callers sound a bit muffled. Because of that I canceled my order for the DVP. Just wondering if it’s true..that callers sound muffled? OR perhaps those reviews were wrong.I’m not talking about VOLUME, I am talking about hearing a caller clearly..with some crispness to the sound. After you stop playing with any phone..it’s a PHONE If you can’t understand what a caller is saying, what’s the point? Can anyone comment who actually has this DVP? Thx

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