Enterprise Mobility: Dell Venue Pro: Microsoft`s Answer to BlackBerry`s Business Lock
Dell Venue Pro
The Dell Venue Pro meets Microsofts minimum requirements for its smartphones: 1GHz processor, capacitive touch screen and 5-megapixel camera.
Windows Phone 7s interface centers on a set of subject-specific tiles that aggregate Web content and applications.
The Dell Venue Pro features a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides vertically from underneath the device.
Thickness and Weight
The Dell Venue Pro is 0.6 inches thick and weighs 6.8 ounces.
Side view of the Dell Venue Pro, with the keyboard extended.
The Dell Venue Pros pebbled backing seems designed to help it grip smoother surfaces.
The Dell Venue Pros 5-megapixel camera.
Maps and other graphics-intensive apps feel large and clear on the 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED screen.
Windows Phone 7s Office Hub gives users access to OneNote, SharePoint, Word, Excel and PowerPoint; you can view documents and perform light edits.
The Office Hubs options for text editing are fairly robust, extending to formatting and color options.
Those with no interest in a physical keyboard can deploy the virtual one.
As with other smartphones in Microsofts stable, the Dell Venue Pro consolidates contacts under the People Hub.
Windows Phone 7 includes a native email aggregator that consolidates Outlook, Gmail and other email services into one Hub.
Procrastinators and consumers can access games via the Xbox Live Hub.
Microsoft claims Windows Phone 7s growing collection of apps is a sign of a healthy smartphone ecosystem.
Oh yeah, the Dell Venue Pro can make calls, too.
Here is the 5-megapixel camera at work.