The Venue is essentially Dell’s second stab at the Android smartphone market, after the huge Streak. The front panel of the phone has the 4.1-inch display flanked by the glossy black coloured finish. The touch based keys are placed blow the screen. The stripe of chrome along both side panels gives the phone a classy feel.
The venue is powered by the combination of the Qualcomm’s Scorpion processor clocking at 1 GHz, Qualcomm QSD8520 chipset and the Adreno 200 GPU. Android 2.2 is preinstalled, but no real clarity out the Android 2.3 upgrade. Like other Android smartphone manufacturers, Dell has its own unique skin wrapped around the Venue the Stage UI.
Despite being powered by a 1 GHz processor, there is a bit of lag in the menu scroll. On the 4.1-inch screen most images tend to throw up a bit of gradation in certain colours. The touch response is fantastic. The on-screen keypad is extremely well spaced out, both in the portrait and the landscape mode. However, the screen needs a higher resolution.
Funnily enough, in the email application, we could not attach anything except a photograph to an email we wished to send.
The call quality offered by the Venue is extremely good. However, the audio does tend to break quite a bit if the signal strength does below 50 percent.
The images from the 8 MP camera are clear, as long as the ambient lighting is good. The 720p videos are smooth, with no visible jerk. However, the camera does have some shutter lag.
It has an impressive two day battery life. For just under Rs 30,000 it is on the expensive side, particularly if you look at rivals such as HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z and the slightly ageing, yet very brilliant, Samsung Galaxy S, with the S-LCD.
Qualcomm Scorpion processor @1GHz,
quad band GSM network,
3G capable 4.1 inch AMOLED touchscreen,
Gorilla Glass type,
8 MP camera with 720p HD video, Android 2.2 (Froyo),
MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
Price: Rs 29,990