Calling the device â€œsleek and sexyâ€ with a â€œgreat keyboardâ€, they conclude:
We mentioned early in the review that the slick form factor of the Venue Pro comes at a cost. That cost is size and weight. The phone is a scale-tipping 180 grams. As a frame of reference, the iPhone is 137 grams, and the Nexus S is 129 grams. In terms of size, the phone, with keyboard extended, is about 50% taller than the iPhone, which can be uncomfortable if you’re trying to tap onscreen elements while keeping your fingers on the keyboard. Fortunately, the on-screen keyboard of the Venue Pro is one of the best we’ve ever seen, so it’s not necessary to retract the keyboard but for times when you need to write long messages.
The build quality of the Venue Pro is remarkable, and we hope this is a sign of things to come from Dell. The mixed used of glass, metal, textured plastic, and rubbery plastic makes for a very high-end feel. That, coupled with the weight of the device, and you’ve got a commanding device that feels ready to do whatever you ask of it.
If you’ve been waiting for Windows Phone 7 and wouldn’t mind the bulk of a heavier device, the Venue Pro might be the phone to get. With an AT&T version passing the FCC, more people may soon have access to this terrific device.
The device scored 4.5 out of a possible 5.
Read their full review here.