After a long absence from the Windows Mobile market, Dell’s Venue Pro is hotly awaited by many. Unfortunately, the device has been in extremely short supply so far.
A weekend update from the manufacturer said that the Dell Venue Pro is going to have a wider launch than the one it had earlier this month when only a few handsets made it to Microsoft stores and Dell’s online store. Lionel Menchaca, Dell’s Chief Blogger, said that the device would have a “bigger scale” launch that could possibly move beyond T-Mobile to other U.S. and foreign carriers.
Menchaca also corroborated AT&T’s claims about risks around using microSD cards in current WP7 phones and warned against the specific dangers of using any replacement card for Dell’s phone. On the Venue Pro, the pre-installed microSD card includes part of the mobile OS itself and will break the install if the card is removed. Without an eject mechanism, the card would also be difficult to remove and could create problems for anyone trying to make a switch. The slot on the Venue Pro wasn’t designed to be accessible, the blogger wrote.
There are reports of bugs having been seen on the Dell Venue Pro, including problems with the headphone jack and the camera settings although the problem with the camera appears to be something seen across the Windows Phone 7 platform. Dell has already agreed to give a brand new handset to those who received a model with a faulty Wi-Fi radio.
The Venue Pro has been unofficially regarded as one of the premier devices of the WP7 launch owing mostly to its 4.1-inch, slightly curved AMOLED screen and its having the only vertical QWERTY keyboard in the entire range