Dell Venue Pro unboxing, hands-on and HTC HD7 comparison videos

Here are several videos of a Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 device bought yesterday at a Microsoft Store in the US. As you will see in the first unboxing video the device (or just the battery) is apparently an engineering sample according to the label on the battery. Microsoft and Dell will have some explaining to do here. How come are they selling non-retail products ? Anyway, the second video will give you a quick tour of the device and a closer look at the micro-sd slot. The other videos will show you the Venue Pro going against the HTC HD7 Videos after the break:

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Mysterious Sony Ericsson Anzu Android 2.3 phone shows up in the wild

A mysterious Sony Ericsson Android smartphone has surfaced today all over the web. The Anzu (it’s supposedly the device’s codename) prototype seen in the pictures is currently running Android 2.1 but will apparently ship with Gingerbread / Android 2.3 later this year or early next year. As you can see it’s super slim (slimmer than the  119mm thick Samsung Galaxy S according to the source of the pictures ) and sports a 4.3″ display. Not much else is known but it is said to be able to capture videos in 1080p. If this is indeed the case then it is probably powered by Qualcomm’s dual core MSM8260 and MSM8660 chipsets. More pictures after the break:

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Pageonce financial management software for Windows Phone 7 released for Free in the Marketplace

The Pageonce Personal Finance management software is now finally available for Windows Phone 7 and all for free (this is the 2.0 version that appeared this morning). I just grab it to see how it looks like and frankly it’s awesome if you live in the US. Unfortunately it only supports major US banks and companies so European users are kinda left in the cold here. But if you do live in the North America then this application is for you. You can have direct access to your bank accounts, Netflix, Amazon, Mobile Operator billing, etc etc.. the list is extremely long. This is a highly recommended download, so just head over to the Zune Marketplace and search for Pageonce.

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The Dell Venue Pro has a Micro-SD slot

The picture above is a bit small but you cansee that the Dell Venue Pro apparently has a Micro-SD slot hidden behind a warranty void sticker (that was peeled off for this picture). So what does it mean? Well you can now easily void your devices warranty and add a high capacity memory card to your device without disassembling it or maybe just follow Microsoft’s recommendations and don’t do anything..It’s up to you.

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Only 40K Windows Phone 7 devices sold on launch day?

Let’s assume that what The Streets is saying is true and that only 40 000 Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold in the US yesterday (the source of this number is “a market research source who tracks phone sales” or a rectum..who knows…). Is this a good or bad number? Compared to the iPhone’s sales it’s abyssal but no one was expecting WP7 to rival Apple on launch day. On the other hand, 40K is quite good given the obvious lack of stock (it’s still impossible to buy devices unlocked at regular retail stores in Europe 3 weeks after launch…and some carriers didn’t even start to sell WP7 devices yet!). But the number of phones sold isn’t the problem (especially when we don’t have any official confirmation) The issue is marketing. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 ad campaign (or for any MS product besides Xbox) is shitty at best… in my opinion. The ads don’t make any sense to the regular Joe compared to Apple’s ads where you actually see the product in action (even the BlackBerry Torch TV ads that have been running here are 10x better). Frankly this has to stop. Every single person that I have seen playing with a Windows Phone 7 device is surprised by how good it is. Every review/hands-on/ etc has mentioned that experiencing the real thing is miles better than seeing screenshot or video of it. So what does MS do? Well they don’t even show the damn thing action at all (a 3 seconds shot of the home screen doesn’t count)and tries be cool but fails. One has to wonder if Microsoft thinks that having the word “Windows” in the product’s name is a guarantee of success….hey wonder why the Xbox is a success? Because Microsoft’s brand is no where to bee seen and because the regular Joe / Jane doesn’t even know that it’s a Microsoft product. Stop trying hard to surf on the “Windows” brand name and sell the actual product.

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