While we've heard lots of bad things about Dell and the lumbering launch of the Dell Venue Pro, one thing you can't knock about the device: it sure feels nice. In fact, every time we play with one we're reminded of the quality (too bad about the T-Mobile thing, though). Hardware and review giant Anandtech.com have put the DVP through its paces and have come out pleased--actually more than pleased, calling it their favorite Windows Phone device on the market.

Between the 4.1" AMOLED screen, slider keyboard, overall unique design and hardware quality, the DVP in their minds beats out the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and LG Optimus 7--which are all fine device in their own right. Doing what they do best, Anandtech put the DVP through hardware benchmarking and the device does pretty well, when compared to other Windows Phones:

  • 3G Talk time: 5.7 hrs
  • WiFi Web browsing battery life: 4.8 hrs
  • 3G Web browsing battery life: 4.12 hrs

Some negatives may be the hardware button type (too recessed) and the screen is not very bright. Still, the device seems to hold its own.

Putting aside the DVP, it's actually more interesting to see how Windows Phone, in general, compares to other, newer devices running the latest hardware e.g. iPhone 4, Motorola Atrix 4G, Nexus S. The difference comes down to the old, Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250/8650 versus newer SoC like Apple's A4, the Tegra 2 or Hummingbird--in short, Windows Phone get walloped in terms of battery and performance, specifically the poor Java Script support. Anandtech point out that currently, WP7 just doesn't support at the driver level newer hardware and although we don't have any immediate complaints about performance, per se, it'd sure be nice to have a Focus with a Humminbird SoC, no?

Source: Anandtech