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Dell Venue (photos)

CNET goes hands-on with Dell's second Android phone, the Dell Venue.

Bonnie Cha
Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.
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Dell Venue

Introduced at CES 2011, the Dell Venue is the company's second Android smartphone. It's available unlocked from Dell for $499.99.
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Features

The Venue's feature set includes Android 2.2 with Dell's Stage user interface, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen, and an 8-megapixel camera.
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Design

The Venue's design is quite similar to the Windows Phone-based Dell Venue Pro, except it doesn't have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This makes the smartphone more pocket-friendly and more comfortable to hold.
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Left spine

The left side features a silent ringer switch, and there's a volume rocker and a dedicated camera button on the right.
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Bottom

The bottom of the device houses the Micro-USB port and speakers.
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Camera

The Venue's 8-megapixel camera includes a flash, autofocus, 4x digital zoom, and standard editing options.
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Picture quality

Unfortunately, picture quality is pretty poor. Indoor shots came out hazy with washed-out colors. Photos taken outdoors were slightly brighter but still a bit cloudy.

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