If you’re like us, you really dig the Dell Venue Pro but some people may not think that Windows Phone 7 is up to snuff just yet. Well, it looks like Dell is working on a similar device with Android. Sign me up.
According to an article in PC World, “In the future the company also plans to launch a smartphone resembling the Dell Venue Pro based on Google’s Android OS, though the company hasn’t announced a release date for the product.”
This is pretty cool news because we’re fans of the Dell Venue Pro. You can check out our hands-on video here, but the device rocks a 4.1-inch screen, a 1 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera and about 8 GB of storage.
The really cool thing about the Dell Venue Pro is that it features a portrait physical QWERTY keyboard. Besides the Motorola Droid Pro, I can’t really think of a high-end Android device with a strong, physical keyboard in the portrait display.
You can check out our full review of Windows Phone 7 here and you’ll find that we think the new platform is pretty solid but it’s missing a few things that the more mature platforms have. The lack of cut and paste is annoying but not as much as the lack of full third-party app multitasking.
That problem should be alleviated with Google Android and let’s hope that Dell is able to put a more current version of the software on whatever this new device is called. As you may recall, the Dell Streak launched with the seemingly-ancient Android 1.6, although 2.2 with full Flash support is expected to be there by the end of the year.
So friends, would you want a full portrait keyboard device with Android or are physical keyboards so yesterday? Let us know what you think in the comments.