Dell: New Phone on the Block
Dell is the new kid in class when it comes to phones, but judging from what little we've seen so far, its new phones are sure to make a few heads turn. While other WP7 and Android devices are expected down the road in 2011, the T-Mobile-bound Venue Pro is Dell's WP7 launch offering.
The Venue Pro has the distinction of being the only WP7 launch phone with a portrait QWERTY keyboard. This phone looks incredibly sharp, and the design has an almost carbon fiber look to it (on the back, at least). As for the hardware, storage is still up in the air, but Dell is giving you a 4.1-inch 480x800 display and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.
When the Venue Pro comes to market, its AMOLED display is sure to make it a favorite amongst the smartphone-savvy public. As for the portrait QWERTY design, it seems to be the only WP7 device of that nature. That said, it seems like each major OS now has a portrait slider, with the Palm Pre 2 (webOS) and Motorola Droid Pro (Android) on the horizon, and the BlackBerry Torch already available from AT&T. At that point, it really comes down to which OS you like the most, espeically since the Droid Pro, Venue Pro and Pre 2 will all be rocking some serious hardware (1 GHz CPUs, 512 MB RAM, and so on).