The Dell Venue is an impressive looking piece of hardware; very refined and aesthetically sound, but at 164 g, slightly on the heavy side. The 4.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display sports a 480x800 pixel resolution, making for some blissful Web browsing, video playback and gaming. Since it’s encased in Gorilla Glass, there’s no need to apply a screen guard. Under the hood of this Froyo-running beast is a 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, and 1 GB ROM.

As user-friendly as Dell’s Stage UI is, it just didn’t seem to be as fl uid as Launcher Pro (free off the App Market). There was noticeable lag and jittery motions while scrolling through the menus and multiple desktops with Dell Stage widgets. While overall speed of operation for most functions was good, the accelerometer was just a tad off , and response time while switching orientation was not as fluid as one would want. Irrespective of what handsfree/ earphones we used, the audio quality was just not up to mark. Dell has not provided any audio or video enhancement options with the Venue, but thanks to the Android Market, options are available. In RockPlayer, 720p videos played back spectacularly well and looked fantastic; we only wish we could hear the dialogue. 

The Kindle app for Android is preloaded, as are Amazon’s MP3 downloading app and Del Video Stage. 
There’s also an online radio app called Tunein and the Zinio Reader app for digital magazines. Social is a widget on 3G, Wi-Fi and EDGE/GPRS are available for Internet connectivity on the Venue. It can also be turned into a portable hot spot and can be tethered via USB to your PC for Internet access. For its GPS module, Dell has preloaded CoPilot Live for navigation. Dell Stage that allows you to connect to Twitter and Facebook, but not both simultaneously. The native browser supports Flash 10.1, so Web browsing is a good experience. The Venue’s 8 megapixel autofocus camera is loaded with settings like face tracking, scene modes, white balance, ISO 100 to 800, and panorama. Image quality is quite impressive; colors are well retained and details remain intact at native resolution. The Venue can also capture video up to 720p at 30 fps. Those also managed to come out looking quite good. 

The Dell Venue sports a 1400mAh battery that can deliver over five hours oftalk time, which isn’t overly impressive. On a single charge, you can use the handset quite thoroughly for a little over a day and a half. Videos tend to drain the battery a little too quickly though. With a price tag of Rs 28,990 (MOP), the Venue could have been a serious contender in the Android mobile handset space if it weren’t for its ridiculously low volume for media. We’d recommend the Samsung Galaxy S over this. It’s got everything and more than what the Venue can offer at almost the same price.

FOR: Good looking, sturdy design, AMOLED display, decent battery life, good camera, plenty of handy apps preloaded.
AGAINST: Dell Stage UI was a bit sluggish, audio volume for media was very low.



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