The Dell Venue marks my second encounter with the Android mobile OS on a Dell mobile device and things have definitely improved since the days of the Streak. The Dell Venue is a smartphone with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and is direct competition to smartphones such as the HTC Desire Z and the Motorola Milestone. Let’s take a look at how Dell’s newest smartphone measures up to the rest of the competition.
The Dell Venue joins the club of high-end smartphones that believe big is beautiful.
As I mentioned earlier, the Dell Venue is powered by the Android 2.2 OS and runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor. Graphics on the phone is handled by a dedicated Adreno 200 GPU. The Venue has a large 4.1-inch AMOLED capacitive screen (only overshadowed by the HTC HD7’s 4.3-inch screen) with an impressive resolution of 480x800 and 16M color output.
Like any other smartphone, the Dell Venue supports Wi-Fi & 3G. It has a downstream bandwidth of 7.2Mbps (HSDPA) and an upstream bandwidth of 5.76Mbps (HSUPA) which is essentially the optimum download and upload speeds that you can get on your 3G network (keep in mind, these speeds are heavily dependent on external factors and network connectivity). The Venue also provides GPS support and like other Android phones, uses Google Maps.
For multimedia, the Dell Venue sports an 8MP autofocus camera complemented by an LED flash and can also record 720p videos. The Venue also has the requisite integration with Google’s Mobile Services like YouTube, Gmail, Picasa and Latitude.