1. Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm by Andy
    Dell Venue Pro

    The new Dell Venue Pro

    The launch of the Dell Venue Pro has been much delayed but the Windows Phone 7 handset is finally available to buy in the UK this month.

    The Venue Pro will be hitting the market at a price point of £459 if you want to buy the SIM free version, which will put it into a competitive price bracket.

    With a 4.1 inch OLED display the Venue Pro should hold its own when it comes to media playback and browsing. It also has a slide-out portrait QWERTY keypad which is aimed at pleasing high-volume messaging fans and business users who want the reliability of a physical keypad to complete their work.

    Interestingly the Dell Venue Pro is actually hitting shelves at the same time as another keyboard-toting Windows Phone 7 handset, namely the HTC 7 Pro. HTC’s handset is a little cheaper, costing around £432 if you want to buy it outright.

    The HTC 7 Pro features a landscape QWERTY keypad which gives you a little more space for typing, but its other specs are a little less impressive, with a 3.6 inch display looking a little measly when compared with the OLED glory of the Venue Pro.

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  2. Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 9:46 am by Andy

    Window Phone 7 LogoThe launch of the first official update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform has been marred by reports that some users who have the Samsung Omnia 7 handset are seeing freezes, glitches and in some case a completely broken phone after installing the new software.

    Things have become so serious that Microsoft has been forced to cease offering the update for users of the Samsung Omnia 7 since around 10 per cent of those who updated found that it rendered their phone inoperable.

    Microsoft has promised that it will work on the update and remove the issues as quickly as possible before re-launching it for Samsung fans.

    Microsoft had already been reprimanded by its customers because the update does not actually feature many of the improvements which it had promised, including cut and paste or a more useful search tool for scanning through apps in the Marketplace.

    Windows Phone 7 may have got off to a slow start but critics have been positive about the platform up until now. With Nokia promising new Windows Phone 7 handsets in the near future such calamitous updates will hopefully become a thing of the past.

  3. Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 9:17 am by Andy
    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC’s next Windows Phone 7 handset, simply called the 7 Pro, is now thought to be arriving in the UK at some point in January, according to reports on the German website of network provider O2.

    Originally it was thought that the HTC 7 Pro would hit the UK before the end of the year with the other early handsets based on Microsoft’s flagship platform, but this deadline was missed and a January launch seems likely.

    The HTC 7 Pro is aimed at business users and heavy messaging fans, as it has a full slide-out QWERTY keypad arranged in a landscape orientation. It also features the type of hardware that all Windows Phone 7 handsets must possess in order to comply with Microsoft’s minimum system requirements, namely a 1GHz processor, a five megapixel camera and all the connectivity options you would expect.

    By adding a QWERTY keypad, the HTC 7 Pro is going head to head with the BlackBerry handsets which are current kings of the business sector, although the fact that this new arrival is integrated with various Microsoft services commonly found in enterprise setups, should bode well for its future success.

  4. Posted on Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 9:02 am by Andy
    Dell Venue Pro

    Coming January 2011?

    The Dell Venue Pro, which was set to launch before the end of the year, to join the other Windows Phone 7 handsets like the Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Mozart, is now likely to see its arrival slip back to January 2011.

    Originally, the Venue Pro was going to be among the initial gaggle of Windows Phone 7 handsets to grace the market, but Dell has said that problems with the manufacturing process have meant that it will not be delivered to those who pre-ordered it until early next year.

    Early reviews of the Venue Pro, which arrived in tandem with Windows Phone 7’s launch, suggested that it was not among the best of the bunch, although its 4.1 inch display and slide-out QWERTY keypad would make it ideal for business users.

    Complaints surrounding Wi-Fi performance and battery issues have plagued the handset, according to Engadget, along with SIM card problems, which means that delays were sure to follow as Dell struggled for fixes.

    Some online retailers list the Dell Venue Pro as being available in the UK on the 11th of January, but until it is safely in the hands of those who have pre-ordered it, you should take that with a pinch of salt.

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  5. Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 10:27 am by Andy
    Windows Phone 7 Handset

    Upgrades in 2011

    It was recently announced that Microsoft would be launching a significant update for its Windows Phone 7 range of handsets in January next year, but now it looks like a second revision will be made just a month later.

    The software giant will be making the first update available after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, with new features, like the ability to cut and paste text and other content, being made available on smartphones like the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Omnia 7.

    In February the Mobile World Congress is being held and now there are rumours that another update is scheduled for launch at this second key event.

    This news comes from WinRumours, where it is being claimed that enhanced multitasking, increased user customisation and the ability for apps to download content without having to exit the program, will be among the improvements made in round two.

    Although Microsoft has not confirmed this suggestion, one of its executives recently stated that some new features would not appear in January’s update and would be saved for MWC, which seems as good as an authentic affirmation of these plans.