Thank you to Intel for providing me with a Dell Venue 8 Pro.
My how has technology evolved. Tablets these days are so good, they are fully capable of replacing your computer or laptop. Intel recently sent me the latest tablet to come from Dell, the Venue 8 Pro, for a review as part of their #TabletCrew project. I’ve spent a good amount of time with it now, and I want to discuss just what this tablet offers and if it’s worth your hard earned cash.
Starting at $249.99, this tablet brings joy from the time of purchase by being WAY more affordable than any type of iPad. And in some cases, it makes you wonder. Is this tablet better than an iPad, or is the price tag reflecting its quality? The answer to that… it is actually better at some things that the iPad can’t deliver on.
After using the Dell Venue 8 Pro I feel it is easily worth it’s asking price. This tablet is smaller than an iPad, and it’s also very light. I mean this thing just feels right. Weighing in at .87lbs and only being 9mm thick, this tablet is sleek and has a simple design that works really well for it. It may have a smaller screen, but boy does the HD really shine through the 8” display. The screen size is perfect. Not too big like an iPad and not too small. It meets in the middle. The size not only works well for viewing videos and other media, but it also allows the tablet to fit into your pocket…something only an iPad mini can do and they go for $299.99. Again, even the cheapest Apple tablet is STILL more money than this beauty. I know I’m targeting Apple a lot for comparison, but it’s only due to their reputation and popularity.
This beast of a tablet has a Intel Atom processor, 2gb memory, 32gb storage capacity, and an integrated Intel HD Graphics. What does that all mean? In short, it’s got power, and lots of it. During my time with the Venue 8 Pro, I put it to the test. I ran games on it that have the best graphics possible, and I also watched movies on it in 1080p. Needless to say, this tablet handled the high definition games like it was nothing. I couldn’t find a single technical flaw with it. When set to 1080p the movies look fantastic, even possibly better than on an iPad (I compared my personal iPad and the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet side by side). It also starts up amazingly fast when you power it on.
On the right side of the tablet are three buttons, one for screen lock\power and the up and down buttons for volume control. The built in speaker isn’t mind blowing, but it is crisp and offers high definition sound. When playing a high quality music track you can hear every instrument or beat on the track. It’s also quite loud. So music lovers can dig the speakers though I’m sure they’re not the best out there. The battery life is pretty great, as is the time it takes for a full charge from a completely dead battery. I timed how long it took from a full charge to a dead battery, and the results are impressive. Using game apps, social media, internet explorer, and watching videos consistently in a single day, it lasted me 10 hours. On sleep mode, that time doubles meaning it would take a minimum of 20 hours to fully deplete.
There is a special button located on the top right of the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. When pressed, it automatically switches you back to the last place you were. This tablet is really thin and that makes it easy to carry around with you. It also boasts a micro SD card reader, which allows you to upgrade the memory and expand it further if you desire. The cameras are also up to par with other tablets, using a 5MP camera on the back and a 1.2MP camera on the front. Lastly, this baby supports Bluetooth accessories with ease. Bluetooth speakers, headsets, you name it…anything that’s Bluetooth for portable devices, this thing handles beautifully.
But not everything is all sunshine and rainbows here. I’ve already discussed the facts, benefits, and things I love about the Dell Venue 8 Pro but I would be doing a great disservice here if I didn’t mention the issues.
First off, this thing is a fingerprint magnet. I couldn’t believe how bad it was, and I’m sure you won’t be happy about it either. Also, the tablet gets super-hot if you run a program that demands all the power it can get. I mean it feels like a total meltdown is about to ensue at any moment. And lastly, the accuracy of the touch screen is off, at least for some applications anyway. Sometimes I would try to put the cursor at a specific spot in Microsoft Word, and I’d find it difficult to get it right where I wanted it.
Apart from those gripes, this tablet does a lot and nails every task with a degree of finesse. The quality of videos you can record is also very good, along with pictures you can take. Snapshots taken with the 5mp camera and then viewed on the Venue 8 screen are gorgeous. The microphone works great as well, and I used it for quite a few things.
The screen is also super bright, but I’d suggest you put the auto dim on to conserve battery life and avoid hurting your eyes considering how bright the screen can get. Colors are more vivid and alive in this tablet. I mean, you have to understand, Dell didn’t just create a tablet in the perfect size, they made sure all of it was efficient and useful. It’s not just bright with a sharper crisp look on games and movies, heck, it’s not just a fingerprint magnet. It’s all of those things put together. And it is truly impressive.
If you want to know more about the tablets OS and software you can CLICK HERE, and be sure look for my second review coming Monday. I’ll be talking about the software and all the incredible apps you can get. Until next time, which is, well, my second review, I’m William_H_Stone. Thanks for reading.
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