Originally Posted by E_man
I'm not looking to go with a carrier at all. I see lightly used devices go for media player prices pretty frequently (~$200 no contract), and so that's my planned use for it. It's as much of an experiment in the OS as anything else.
What kind of issues has the Venue Pro had? That's disheartening to hear, as it was pretty much the most exciting device at launch in my opinion. So far, the only two device I've definitely decided I don't want are the Quantum and the Surround. If the Venue doesn't work, then it looks like an Omnia, or at least a Focus is my best bet?
Edit: I've also heard about HD2 using WP7, but I'm hesitant, since it's not official.
An experiment eh? Sounds like fun.
As far as the DVP goes, it's not so much the phone that has the issues, it's the software tied to it that's buggy. The OS is the same that you'd expect in all of the WP7 but the the build that Dell shipped with it is the culprit. Random resets, faulty Wifi detection, hasn't recieved NoDo yet, the list goes on that makes the phone practically unusable as it was a launch phone compared to the others at least 3-4 updates ahead.
The Focus is a nice device with the Super AMOLED screen, makes images pop and colors come alive. But compared to my HD7 some colors seem "too bright" but that can be with any phone with a Super A screen, which Im pretty sure you know already. The Focus does have the SD slot a little more accessible compared to the other phones currently which would a be a plus as a media device. Also, the build quality of the Focus feels too light that makes it uncomfortable to me to hold in my hands without breaking it.
Samsung does have some nice OEM apps that make it worth trying out the Focus, but with Homebrew you can put those apps on any handset. My HD7 has Samsung and LG OEM apps.
The Omnia is a great device from what I've read, but never had the chance to mess with it my self.
If your just going the media route, why don't you give the HD7-S from ATT a try, it's the same you'd expect from the HD7 but with the better screen.
As a media device, my HD7 is a powerhouse. Zune Pass, Netflix, My Zune Library, Internet Radio, etc all with the kick stand.
Either way you go, you won't be disappointed. If you need help going dev-unlocking let me know. I can help you through it all, hell that goes for anyone on here.