All right, mine is an open-market (pure Dell factory unlocked, no hacks/workarounds) Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone purchased in India. As excited as others, I thought I would update my device too to the latest greatest Mango RTM version. Since Microsoft didn’t say DVP is not ready for Mango in its International Phone Update site (the US version does say Mango update not available for DVP) and the build number is different for international update (7.1.7720), I believed it would play well and ventured ahead to force update my device. After roughly an hour, every phone update symptom was positive: the device threw a successful update message, Zune showed the new Mango build from my device and the new default wallpaper on the phone was also changed to a mango pile photo. I was so excited and was just a touch away (well, six touches – SIM PIN) from diving into the Mango world!! After a second I touched the first digit, gosh… the DVP restarted itself!! Well, waited for it to come back to the SIM PIN number pad, tried again touching it – well, it restarted again. Thinking I messed up the update, I reverted to previous version via restoring in Zune. After consciously watching for about an hour and made sure the update went into the device well, I again touched the screen – huh, the device pressed itself for restart. Well, even third time was not a charm for me and finally I stayed with the old version itself (7.0.x).

Bottom-line – Dell Venue Pro is not ready for the latest Mango update yet!! It just doesn’t like your touch yet! :-) I do not know if there was any success story yet! Please leave a comment if you know about one!

When Dell said they would support Mango later this Fall, I didn’t realize they literally meant it!

Today my Dell Venue Pro popped up a message that a new update is available.

Windows Phone 7 Update (Dell Venue Pro)

Since my DVP came with Copy/Paste feature update out-of-the-box, I am not expecting anything significant from this update. The Zune software also detected the update (including one for itself):

Windows Phone 7 Update via Zune (Dell Venue Pro)  Windows Phone 7 Update via Zune (Dell Venue Pro)  Windows Phone 7 Update via Zune (Dell Venue Pro)

It took about 45 minutes to download, backup current phone and finally complete the update (phone backup took the most). After update, here is the updated version info:

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All went well!

After playing around with my new WP7 phone (Dell Venue Pro) I have not started exploring the programming aspects of it. It sure is simpler and easier to develop applications for WP7 (compared to other OS devices) with the .NET and Silverlight ecosystem. Microsoft’s big bet!

I am yet to dive deep into the whole thing but started with some intro articles. Here is a diagram I prepared for my reference after going through the first primer: the application state transition diagram for an WP7 application.

Windows Phone 7 Application Lifecycle State Transition

Hope this helps someone in the same boat too!

As you might know (if you are from India), Dell launched its Windows Phone 7 device Venue Pro recently (and it took few weeks to reach the retail shops after official announcement – quite odd to me). I got one lately and put one of my 3G SIMs on to it. After initial WP7 configuration, I enabled both Data and 3G options and switched the phone off/on just to make sure things work fine (this is what many mobile operator CS would tell you if they asked you to make any network setting changes :-) ). After the device came up, to my surprise I didn’t see the E or G (for EDGE and GPRS respectively) letter at the top bar. This just confused me. I also have iPhone 4 and have used HTC Desire HD before and they both configured themselves (or received settings from the network or whatever the magic it is) with a new SIM and they "just work" and display the data connection (E, G, H or 3G) but that didn’t happen with Venue Pro. I spent almost a day doing internet search, running through blogs, articles, forums, playing around with the phone settings and everything except calling Airtel customer support. Their CS sucks and I am very sure they wouldn’t know about this new device – period.

 

Finally, just out of fluke, I added an APN pointing to airtelgprs.com (leaving user name and password empty) and that’s it! Venue Pro picked up EDGE/GPRS signals (without restart) and it showed E at the top bar. Part of the problem got solved. Now, what about 3G? Well, I didn’t do anything except moving around in my living room holding the new phone and outside my home also just in case the signal was weak to catch 3G (as you might aware, 3G requires stronger signals compared to EDGE/GPRS and how strong it should be to pick up varies from device to device. From my experiment so far, iPhone 4 picks up 3G better compared to HTC Desire HD or Venue Pro at the exact same spot for the same SIM, assuming the signal strength didn’t vary while I was switching the SIM card between the devices :-)). Finally, at one point Venue Pro showed ‘H’ and made me smile! Well, I give the benefit of doubt to the Venue Pro blaming the signal strength. Just that my experience with iPhone 4 and HTC raised my expectation with Dell Venue Pro WP7.

 

Heck, WP7 doesn’t have a mechanism for device screen capture!! Hope Microsoft introduces it in the near future!!

 

Hope this info helps somebody.