If you’re aching for a great unlocked Android phone and the plasticky feel of the Nexus S doesn’t float your boat, Dell may very well have the cure for what ails you. Dell’s Venue Pro smartphone is, in our opinion, the most impressive Windows Phone 7 handset on the market at this point. It has a fantastically solid build, a terrific look and feel, and extremely capable guts that facilitate a silky smooth experience. Now, the Dell Venue takes everything we love about the Venue Pro, sheds some girth by eliminating the slide-out QWERTY, and swaps Windows Phone 7 for Android. Notable specs include a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of internal storage expandable to 33GB, 512MB of RAM, a 1400 mAh battery and the Android 2.2 Froyo OS with Dell’s Stage software. The Dell Venue is available immediately for purchase directly from Dell for $499.99 unlocked. The phone is available with either AT&T or T-Mobile 3G bands and orders begin shipping on February 18th.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.