Review: Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8, Android tablets with Intel inside

Review: Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8, Android tablets with Intel inside

Summary: There are lots of Android tablets to choose from, ranging from the inexpensive to big bucks. These two tablets from Dell are light on the wallet and have a unique feature.

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  • Dell Venue 7 

    The Venue 7 fits comfortably in the hand.

  • Dell Venue 8 

    Although the display is bigger, the width of the Venue 8 still allows holding securely in one hand.

  • Screen comparison

    This shows the same Chrome browser page on both the Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Dell, Reviews, Tablets

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  • 7/8 experience

    I bought one of these last year because I thought it was a nice device to carry around (and it was cheap). Problem is that 7/8 inch is still too small for me. I am constantly pinch and zooming pictures and websites, just like I do on a smart phone. Then I got a 10 inch Surface and I liked it a lot better. Surface seems like just the right size for tablet computing and casual use.
    Sean Foley
  • Bay Trail

    ASUS has also released a couple of Android tablets running on Intel processors, including the latest 7" Memo pad tablet. It's getting very good reviews. I've been very impressed with the performance of my Dell Venue hybrid, and the Bay Trail processor it runs under. My biggest concern with an Android tablet running Bay Trail insides would be application compatibility. I'd love to get my hands on one of these and run it through its paces for a week and see how it runs my able of apps. The new Memo pad 7, especially, has a very attractive size, and a price that's hard to beat.
    dsf3g
  • Why not a bit cheaper?

    The Windows version of this tablet has more disk and a quad core processor with the same price, it's true that the display is not as good, but assuming Dell is paying for windows license I think they could do a little bit better.
    AleMartin
    • Am I missing something?

      na
      AleMartin
    • Why pay more for less?

      Dell Venue 8 pro is a solid Windows 8.1 tablet. Amazon sells it for $195. Combined with the soon to be released charging dock from Plugable, it can be turned into a full lightweight desktop PC with no battery life limitations. No silly Yosemite continuity handoff whatchamacallit stuff needed: plug in a single cable from the dock and continue to work with full screen, mouse and keyboard while the tablet charges.
      Earthling2
  • Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8, Android

    Based on James' review, I wouldn't pursue either of these. The unit tested does not work out of the box without a lengthy upgrade. That will result in the return of many of these and the blame will be shouldered by Dell, a company that can do much better.

    Competition for Android tablets is crowded in a slack market. The Android Dell/Android image on these machines should appear flawlessly when the button is pressed for the first time. If it doesn't work without an online update, then the "good price" doesn't matter.

    We are enthusiasts for an industry that does this far too often to meet an arbitrary product release date. Perhaps never releasing the defective products in the first place is better for the tech companies than meeting deadlines.
    denwilgor
  • venue 8 as ereader

    Mr. Kendrick, would the venue 8 work as a ereader and occasional web surfing and emails? This is how I would use it.
    curiuos
  • I guess

    When they purchased parts, there was hope that they would make a Windows device, but unfortunately they had to make an Android one.
    gak@...
  • Bad phrasing?

    "Android tablets have one good thing going for them"?

    I would've thought more than "one"...
    lindsaytheflint
  • SIM CARD ISSUE in Dell Venue 8 tablet

    I bought venue7 last month and it was working fine except that the network from micro SIM card was not being detected. Eventually I contacted with Dell and got a new venue8 tablet. But here also network is not being detected. My SIM card is working well in my friend's Samsung tablet. Please tell me what to do...
    palas.1989