You can stop wishing for a Venue Pro II now (or any Dell smartphone)
It’s been a little over two years since Windows Phone landed in the market. One of the first devices at that time was from Dell. The Venue Pro was one of the most unique handsets at launch, it was the only device with a portrait-oriented slide out QWERTY keyboard. That device had a small, loyal fan base for being really great at pounding out emails the old way. If you were hoping for Dell to release a follow up to that stoic phone, it’s time to move on as Dell has no plans to reenter the smartphone market.
Jeff Clarke, global operations president for Dell, told ComputerWorldUK that the tech company has no plans with smartphones and instead will continue its focus on the PC market. Here is the pertinent quote about Dell and their smartphone free future from Clarke:
When Dell looks into their crystal ball, they see a future where customers will increasing bring their own devices into the workplace. So Dell has decided to focus bridging the gap between home and work computing.
My first Windows Phone was actually a Dell Venue Pro and I loved it. Sure the device had it's share of issues, like WiFI sucking, but it was a solid first showing. The keyboard was another great asset at the time, coming from BlackBerry I really enjoyed it and was always looking future devices like it. How smartphones aren’t a part of this technology future for Dell is a little confusing for me as well, but that’s the direction they have taken.
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Source: ZDNET, Via ComputerWorldUK; Thanks, Kyle, for the tip!
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The dell venue was an android phone.
And I mean this with no harm.
Well, I guess when companies want low-cost junk PCs in the office, Dell is the go-to company on that. My school's loaded with their garbage.
I have one person still using a decade old Optiplex GX150 (PIII 750 MHz), which I wouldn't wish on my enemy at this point, but it keeps on ticking. She's getting a newer multi-core next week, running 64-bit Windows 7.
Regarding the Venue Pro, I had one too. Great design hardware-wise, especially the keyboard, but a completely botched execution by Dell. I wouldn't buy another one from them at this point any way. I have a Lumia 920 now, which I love, but I really miss that keyboard.
It's like the Dell consumer side and business side are 2 completely separate companies. I've always used the Optiplex business line of products. It's absolutely bulletproof. They had an issue with bad capacitors on the GX260/270/280 line, but that's the worst thing and they did stand behind that with mobo replacements. There was an AC adapter issue with some laptops, but they replaced those too. That's about it in 15 years of using Dell products.
I always advise people to go the Dell business outlet and buy those computers. Top flight quality with retail prices.
"always looking future devices like it"
Dell knows hardware, and they know how to support computers, but they never figured out how to support phones or make a profitable business out of it. I still have my DVP, and it's been behaving nicely for me since the WiFi fix, though the software keyboard issue still hasn't been fixed for T-Mobile locked handsets. (Running 7720, so 7740 and 8107 have not been pushed through.) I bought it for the keyboard, but my fingers are just too damn big, so I quickly got used to the software keyboard.
My biggest complaint about the DVP, specifically, would be the terrible camera and the design flaw that let dust get under the screen. The screen, on the other hand, is gorgeous. I've yet to see phones in person that "wow" me in the same way, though I'm sure they are out there.
I'm still not super happy with Windows Phone 7.5. Don't get me wrong - I love the way it works. It's just the nagging missing pieces that bug me. I wish they could've gotten third party app developer support moving faster, so I could recommend the phones to friends and family without worrying about them missing out on the latest apps and games that other people have.
OK rambling can end now!
It has always surprised me that people were so keen to ditch keyboards, because the size and weight trade-off was always worth it for me when typing more than one paragraph. Then I realised that people actually prefer not to bother writing more than one paragraph... ever. Detail is old hat, typing accuracy is irrelevant., and you should never bother reading beyond the first paragraph, because, frankly, it can't be important if it wasn't at the top. Gah!
But it has the capability to bring over a lot of ex-RIM (and keyboard only) people to the WP platform, so a keyboard WP would be more valuable then the same money spent in marketting.
Do you all think I should just pull the trigger on the 920 now or is it worth waiting for the possible Surface Phone?