I had one and it is not that bulky.. I guess compared to some of the other WP7 devices it is thicker but it has a very nice keyboard.
I am currently using an HD7 as I got a replacement for the Engineering Sample that would not read the SIM card. I can't wait to get my Dell back.
Appreciate the feedback. And I placed an order over the weekend! All thru the order process for a 16Gig model it showed a preliminary shipping date of 17 December.
When I got the order confirmation, it showed December 28! I called Dell this morning, and they confirmed 27 December as the ship date. I cancelled my order - I may revisit it if and/or when they straighten out their supply chain, but for the moment I've got a Focus and I'm going to stick with it. I can't understand a two week disconnect in shipping, which stinks frankly because I think it's a very cool device.
I saw over on xda that a lot of people's phones are being shipped/received...anyone on here receive theirs and have any reviews/feedback/info yet?
I love the idea of having a vertical slider with a physical keyboard. Having said that, the photo's I have seen make this phone look gargantuan. How does it feel in your hand, pocket, etcetera when closed? How does it compare to the Focus in size?
OK, I've been playing with mine all day.
To answer your questions:
The only thing I was really surprised by was the weight. It's got some junk in the trunk. Not enough to be a problem, though. Feels great in my hand, no problems in my pockets, but I also don't wear tight clothes, so YMMV. A met a friend for lunch and he actually commented, "I'm glad they're finally getting some size on these things!"
With the keyboard extended, reaching the top of the screen with my thumb is a stretch, but doable.
Can't compare to the Focus directly, but my brother has an HTC Incredible. The Venue Pro is just a tick larger in every dimension (about 1/8"), but it seems you get a whole lot more screen because of it.
I hope that helps.
You need to tell your brother to dump the incredible and get a windows phone LOL..