Review of Dell Venue Pro, New Apps, Tip
Reviews of the Dell Venue Pro are starting appear, as are rumors that it will be coming to AT&T. This week I also want to point you to a discussion of how to dress up your home screen, as well as note some new apps and a review of the LG Quantum.
Dell Venue Pro
Of the Windows Phone 7 devices that were originally announced, the Dell Venue Pro is taking a long time to appear. But now itâ€™s in the hands of some lucky reviewers, and rumors are that it may be coming to AT&T.
Its most notable feature may be its slidedown keyboard, which is a great feature if youâ€™re someone whoâ€™s not satisfied with the onscreen keyboards of many phones. And its most remarkable feature may be the 4.1-inch AMOLED display, which according to PocketNow may be the largest AMOLED mobile display available at the moment.
PocketNow gives it a detailed and positive review, along with photos and three videos: an unboxing video, a hardware review video, and a software review video. They refer to it as a terrific device, but are honest about some drawbacks, the chief one being the weight and bulk due to the slidedown keyboard.
PocketNow has also posted a sample of video taken with the deviceâ€™s HD camera.
LG Quantum Review
Of the three Windows Phones from AT&T, most of the attention has gone toward the Samsung Focus and the HTC Surround. But theyâ€™re also offering the LG Quantum.
Like the Dell Venue Pro, the Quantum has a hardware keyboard, but itâ€™s the more familiar horizontal slider compared to Dellâ€™s vertical slider. And like the Dell, it adds bulk and weight. It has a 3.5-inch WVGA screen.
IntoMobile has posted a review, including photos and a video. It notes the excellent keyboard and overall hardware quality, but the reviewer has reservations, mainly related to the platform itself rather than the specific device.
First Multi-platform Game; Media Center Remote Control
One of the features of Windows Phone 7 is multi-platform gaming: that is, the ability to compete with other players who are on a different platform.
However, no multi-platform games had been available â€” until now. PocketNow has noted the appearance in the Windows Phone Marketplace of a multi-platform chess game as part of the $2.99 Game Chest: Logic Games pack. If you send an invitation to a PC user within the app, then youâ€™ll be able to play chess with him or her.
Windows Phone Thoughts has also noted the appearance of an app that lets you use your device as a remote for Windows Media Center. You can see a video on YouTube.
Tip: Making Your Windows Phone More Attractive
If you think the user interface on Windows Phone 7 is ugly or boring, then check out this post on PocketNow in which they explain how to make it more attractive.