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Photos: Dell Venue Pro - hands-on with the Windows smartphone

A tour of Dell's Windows Phone 7 device
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A tour of Dell's Windows Phone 7 device

Along with the HTC HD7, the Dell Venue Pro will form part of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch line-up. It's one of the more unique handsets in the Windows Phone 7 portfolio, thanks to its portrait slider design.

The smartphone feels very solid in the hand. In addition to the slide-out Qwerty keyboard, the Venue Pro also offers a 4.1-inch WVGA Amoled touchscreen, which was both sharp and responsive in our brief hands-on time with the device.

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The Venue Pro offers a slide-out Qwerty keyboard in portrait mode. Having the keyboard in this orientation allows for easier one-handed use.

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The portrait keyboard enables easier one-handed operation. We found it pretty comfortable to use. The buttons have a slight bump to them and there's enough space around the keyboard so your thumbs don't hit the edges of the phone.

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On the right side of the phone, you get a volume rocker and a camera key. At this angle, you can also notice a slight elliptical design to the phone.

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On top of the device, you get a 3.5mm headphone jack and a power button.

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The Dell Venue Pro features an eight-megapixel camera with flash.

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The bottom of the device houses the micro-USB port.

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Like the Dell Venue Pro, the HTC HD7 (pictured above) was also unveiled this week as one of the first devices to carry the lastest Microsoft mobile OS.

For more on the HTC HD7, see: HTC HD7 - hands-on with the Windows smartphone or to which other handsets will be powered by the latest Microsoft mobile OS, read: Photos: Windows Phone 7 devices - the launch line-up.

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