Dell to replace its 25,000 employees BlackBerrys with the Dell Venue Pro

Things are going to get heated in the smartphone business sector this fall. Dell is apparently planning to move its 25,000 employees from BlackBerrys to Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handsets in the near future:

“Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we’re kicking them out,” the computer maker’s chief financial officer, Brian Gladden, said in an interview.

Dell is going to offer its employees the choice to switch to the Venue Pro or an other Dell Android phone (probably the Del Venue aka Dell Thunder once it’s made official later this year).

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Dell Venue Pro passes the FCC

If you are are set on getting the Dell Venue Pro this fall you should be happy to learn that the device has recently passed the FCC certification. Keep in mind that the Venue Pro is currently scheduled to launch on T-Mobile in the US and that no European carrier has officially announced its upcoming availability (even-thought it’s rumored to be available in several countries before the end of the year).

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Dell Venue Pro hands-on preview and videos

Dell had their upcoming Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handsets available for some long hands-on action during the Dell a media event held in Singapore 4 days ago. There isn’t much to learn from this preview other than a lot of pictures and a couple of hands-on videos of the device in action. As you can see in my WP7 hardware specification chart the Dell Venue Pro is the bulkiest (and heaviest) device currently announced. This should be taken into consideration when looking at all the WP7 offerings. The vertical sliding keyboard is definitely a nice touch but other than that the Samsung Omnia 7 or Focus which has a Super-AMOLED screen (compared to the regular AMOLED on the Venue Pro) is probably a better choice. Videos and pictures after the break:

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All Windows Phone 7 devices hardware specifications in one place

I have just finished compiling this huge excel table containing all of the hardware specifications of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 devices. So if you are looking to compare one device to an other just check out the image below (click on it) and make your choice. I will regularly update it once I have more information (especially for the Dell Venue Pro). So there you have it: Samsung Omnia 7, Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro, LG Optimus 7, LG Optimus 7 Q / Quantum and finally the Dell Venue Pro. Click on the image after the beak (you can also right click and save it):
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Dell Venue Pro hands-on. Coming to Europe before 2011 ?

I’m slowly trying to catch up with all the Windows Phone 7 news that I didn’t have time to post yesterday and the one thing that I definitely have to talk about is the Dell Venue Pro aka Dell Lighting. Unfortunately this device isn’t scheduled to launch everywhere so it wasn’t present yesterday and that’s why you didn’t see a hands-on video of it from me but it will apparently launch in the UK before the end of the year. As it is usually the case big blogs got some early hands-on action with the device prior to the announcement (yes it sucks for us smaller blogs when it comes to early software / hardware access). The Dell Venue Pro looks a lot like the Dell Thunder Android smartphone that the company is scheduled to launch in the coming months. The 4.1″ Gorilla Glass curved WVGA OMLED screen, Snapdragon chipset etc. The major difference here is the inclusion of a vertical sliding keyboard which will surely please a lot of hardware keyboard fans. You can expect the same performances on the Venue Pro as on all the other WP7 devices unveiled yesterday so the choice will boil down you your carrier and hardware/Form factor preference. Video and pictures after the break:

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