Dell Venue smartphone review: the venue where style and professionalism call home

Dell is widely considered to be one of the later entrants into the market for a slice of the lucrative smartphone pie. And the fact that its first true-blue Android-powered smartphone, the Venue (and not the Streak), has only started seeing the light of day on the retail shelves recently is certainly not about to win the company any favors within the Android ecosystem. But could this be a classic example of "better late than never", and that Dell's new Venue might just have what it takes to hold its own against the likes of established manufacturers that have made a name for themselves in the Android smartphone space? VR-Zone puts it to the test.

 Dell Venue smartphone review: the venue where style and professionalism call home

Being a latecomer to any party is never a good decision to make, and it seems that Dell is about to find that out for itself the hard way now that its first Android-powered smartphone, the Dell Venue, has only been introduced to the market recently when countless other manufacturers have already established themselves as major players in the Android ecosystem. And going up against such big players is definitely not the easiest of tasks, even if Dell has an advantage in the form of the Android operating system being extremely popular with consumers, which gives it an extremely large market to play with right from the get-go.

However, there is also the possibility that Dell could be adhering to the wise saying of "better late than never", and that it is always better to release a well-tested and stable product that will appeal to consumers as opposed to tacking on cutting edge technologies that have a knack for bleeding end-users a lot more than they are worth. But is that always the case? Well, we are about to find out shortly, right after these hardware specifications.

Dell Venue hardware specifications
 Processor  Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 system-on-a-chip with 1GHz Scorpion CPU
 Memory  512MB RAM
 Display  4.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with native 800 x 480 resolution
 Operating System  Android Froyo (v2.2.2) built over Linux kernel 2.6.32.9
 Cameras  8MP rear-facing camera
 Storage capacity  1GB, expandable with MicroSD cards of capacities up to 32GB
 Frequency bands  2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
 Wireless connectivity  802.11 b/g, Bluetooth + A2DP + EDR
 Weight  164g