- 11-08-2011, 10:12 PM #1
I'm looking at possibly purchasing this phone from dell as it's the only phone that has a keyboard. At $300 and a year old, I'd like to know if this is worth it. The other threads here have been unconvincing as to this phone. Thought I'd give it one last chance.
- 11-09-2011, 04:07 PM #2
I have one and most of the issues it WAS having have been flattened out.
I have yet to have an issue since the mango update. The keyboard is awesome and it is smoooooottthh. Good looking phone that draws attention too. Hardware is solid and the weight assures you that it is well made. I have had it for a few months and I am still in the honey mood phase.
- 11-09-2011, 04:48 PM #4
You will get a notification that the device has an update. Just plug the phone into a PC with zune on it, fire up Zune and update the software.
I actually fooled my phone into installing mango before it hit my phone. THere's a thread about how to do it. Real easy.
11-10-2011, 12:22 AM #7
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- 11-10-2011, 12:32 AM #8
Although you seen determined to get a phone with a hard keyboard, guess I have to ask, why. Thought I would miss my Tilt2 kb, but it took about a day to get over that. And with the size of the new phone screens (4 to 4.7) the onscreen kb will be even better. Just sayin.
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- 11-10-2011, 01:02 PM #11
I switched from the blackberry torch to the DVP (unlocked from dell) and as soon as it arrived i got the mango notification (with ATT sim card). So far i LOVE this phone. I have the otterbox case on it (because I smashed my samsung focus) and have no regrets. I was skeptical paying 300 for a year old phone as well but i like it more than I liked the focus. It's a little big for my hands but the weight of it makes me feel reassured rather than upset that it weighs more than the focus. Hope that helps.
- 11-15-2011, 02:36 PM #13
I just placed an order through Dell for a DVP, AT&T unlocked version. I was thinking of trying a Focus S or a Titan, but in the end I got this one off contract so I can get an Apollo phone on contract as soon as they become available.
11-19-2011, 06:40 AM #14
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1. Screen can't touch Samsung's Super AMOLED tech. It looked blurry and dim with unnatural colors compared to the Focus.
2. Noticeable static audible through the headphone jack at all times - almost sounded like it was getting interference from the processor.
3. Build quality good, but not great. I had two Venue Pro's actually, the first I returned because of the WiFi problem, which I'll discuss in a second. Both had slider mechanisms that wore down quickly and caused the faceplate section of the phone to list to one side or another when it was fully opened.
4. Qwerty keyboard wore out quickly. Lost the "click" feedback to several keys within a few months. "B" button also stopped working about 50% of the time. Very annoying.
5. WiFi issues that consistently locked up the phone. They were supposed to have been fixed with a software update, but I still got random lockups every once in a while when internet browsing and streaming music over WiFi.
6. Terrible camera! It's probably the worst cell phone camera I've ever used. Interior shots always came out blurry (like the phone was being shaken during the exposure) and colors were always overally saturated. Outdoor shots were better but still not good by any means. Trust me, I tried everything I could think of to improve it. No combination of settings or environment seemed to help at all. Just plain awful.
7. Apparently very little support from AT&T or Dell. I don't think AT&T has released Mango yet for the phone.
- 11-19-2011, 01:17 PM #15
I've only had it for a day, but thusfar I like it. I'm going to have to exchange it due to a faulty screen, but that's okay. That said, there are some caveats. It's heavy, especially compared to the Motorola Atrix I was using before. It's 3G only, so download speeds will suffer if you're used to "3.5G" or true 4G. It also has a slightly slower processor than what's currently possible. Lastly, it's lacking a front facing camera, if that's something you're interested in.
- 11-19-2011, 06:51 PM #17
Great build quality (in general- see cons below).
Only portrait keyboard available.
The largest AMOLED screen for those who do not like Samsung's plasticy build quality. The screen out the definitely beats out the HD7S, Surround and Arrive's LCD screens in terms of quality.
Poor quality testing. Known for sending out phones with bad radios and screen defects.
Dell customer service. If you have deal with them- try contacting the social media guys. Support via phone support is painful.
Likely no longer supported after the mango update, as evidenced by the compass issue.
Plastic chrome is susceptible to chiping pealing even after a slight drop.
I'm ultimately happy with the phone so I'd say its worth it, but the cons are obvious.
- 02-15-2012, 10:10 PM #22
I got me one yesterday from Dell. They sell a at&t compatible version. I got the unlocked one it works with HSPA but not HSPA + so no 3.5g as to is it worth it.... I'm liking it so far. Dell makes some quality stuff
- 03-24-2012, 10:46 PM #24
No I really like the Dell I just found a Focus S on Craig's list for way cheep so I listed my Dell and sold it the same day. I took the money and basically swapped the DVP for a Focus S it was to good of a deal to pass up or I would still have the Dell.
- 03-25-2012, 09:56 AM #25