Design and Display
The Dell Venue Pro is very nicely designed and is one of the few portrait sliders in the smartphone market. Some notable currently released smartphones with slide out physical QWERTY keyboards in portrait mode are the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry Torch. This is a great design choice for the Dell Venue Pro as Windows Phone 7 is mainly portrait based. The recently released HTC Surround falls flat because the OS will not orient itself in landscape mode. The portrait QWERTY keyboard is a solid keyboard and snaps right out.
The display on the Dell Venue Pro is a beautiful, large, 4.1 inch OLED Gorilla Glass screen. This means the display is almost unscratchable. It has also got a slight curve to it, which is unique to Dell and makes the Dell Venue Pro seem more luxurious. Below this beautiful display are the standard three Microsoft mandated buttons; back, Start and search. To the right is the volume rocker and a dedicated camera key. The volume rocker being on the right does seem a bit off, as most handsets seem to have the rocker on the left. Similar to the recently released HTC Surround. On top is the 3.5 mm headphone jack and down below is the microUSB for charging.
Behind the beautiful display, the back of the phone has an almost carbon fiber like look. There's a Dell logo, as well as a Windows Phone 7 logo and up top is the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. The back looks almost silky smooth and the texture effect it has really makes the phone look, once again, luxurious.
Overall the Dell Venue Pro is designed amazingly well. The small nuances with the curved Gorilla Glass, the slightly sheared off top and bottom, to the textured back, it really looks like an impressive and luxurious smartphone.