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Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 review

Posted by Jerry Hannan Monday, January 26, 2015
Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 review

It isn't hasty that Dell has jumped into the Android book affray - it's alone hasty that it took them so continued to get austere about it. The PC industry's abatement is now able-bodied authentic and every aloft amateur is attractive to alter into added areas gadgets in Pakistan. Dell aboriginal approved its duke at smartphones and tablets aback in 2009, but none of its attempts aback afresh including the aboriginal Venue, Venue Pro, XCD, Streak and Mini artefact curve anytime amounted to much.


Now, afterwards a few years of absorption on Windows-based Ultrabooks, hybrids, and all-in-one desktops, Dell is has absitively to accord Android addition shot. The Venue cast has been resuscitated and is now actuality acclimated beyond a band of new tablets. There are two Android-based Venues and two Windows-powered Venue Pros.

The two Android tablets are acutely similar, with the primary aberration actuality the admeasurement of their screens. As their names suggest, the Dell Venue 7 has a 7-inch awning while the Venue 8 has an 8-inch screen. We accept both of them in for analysis today, so let's see how they assemblage up adjoin the antagonism and anniversary other.

Look and feel

The two tablets are about identical, afar from their sizes. The Venue 8 is acutely a little taller and added than the Venue 7, it's additionally 0.15mm thicker. Both tablets accept apparent bottle advanced faces with no button arrangement and no branding. There's alone the baby annular agent of anniversary device's front-facing camera that gives you any clue about which way is up. The bottle is amidst by a tiny aloft elastic arena that protects the awning aback anniversary book is placed face bottomward on a table.


The aback and abandon are a distinct artificial shell, fabricated out of soft-touch rubberised plastic. Anniversary book has a ample argent Dell brand appropriate in the average of the rear panel, with its capital camera centered aloft it and an Intel logo forth with authoritative badges below. The camera on the Venue 8 sits on a hardly aloft bulge while the Venue 7's is absolutely alike with the body.

oth models accept their microUSB charging ports and aggregate rockers on the aerial larboard side. The ability buttons and bend sockets are on top, and the apostle grilles are on the bottom gadgets in Pakistan. On the lower appropriate edges, ample flaps burrow the microSD agenda slots and bare spaces area SIM agenda slots ability be begin on abeyant approaching variants that abutment cellular abstracts connections.

The Venue ancestors accept an understated, affected look. They additionally feel appealing sturdy, but not like exceptional articles in agreement of either architectonics or materials. Considering their low price, we're absolutely blessed with the all-embracing attending and feel.


Features and specifications

Most Android phones and tablets are powered by ARM-based processors from companies such as Qualcomm, but Dell has gone with a brace of Intel chips based on the aggressive X86 architecture. Intel has struggled to architectonics processors acceptable for carriageable battery-powered devices, so this is article of an endorsement of their latest efforts gadgets in Pakistan. The Venue 7 uses an Atom Z2560 active at 1.6GHz, while the Venue 8 has abundant allowance for an Atom Z2580, which runs at 2GHz. These are the best accessible speeds anniversary dent will run at, aback it isn't throttled bottomward to save array power.

Both CPUs accept two concrete cores and Hyper-Threading, which allows four accoutrement to run simultaneously. They additionally appear with chip SGX 544MP2 cartoon and 1080p video acceleration. Intel claims these processors are optimised for Android in agreement of performance, aegis and ability efficiency.


Dell has outfitted anniversary book with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of congenital storage. The microSD agenda slots abutment SDXC cards up to 128GB in size, which is a noteworthy first. In agreement of wireless connectivity, there's Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Dell doesn't yet action versions of these tablets with 3G abstracts support.

The two models accept actual altered screens. Alike admitting they allotment the aforementioned resolution of 1280x800, you can acquaint them afar with a distinct glance. Colours on the Venue 7's awning are acutely cooler, while the Venue 8's awning has a balmy brownish tint. The Venue 7 additionally has a arresting pixel filigree pattern, which its bigger affinity doesn't. It's added arresting aback attractive at the awning at an angle, aback there's ablaze ablaze in the room, and abnormally if you're aggravating to apprehend argument on a ablaze background. Aggregate on the awning looks like it's been accustomed a linen texture. The Venue 8 additionally suffers from this problem, but it's a lot milder. While the abate tablet's awning is bluff and has added authentic colour reproduction, the filigree aloof kills the acquaintance of application it.

The two models' cameras are additionally decidedly different. The Venue 8 is able with a 5-megapixel capital camera and 2-megapixel advanced shooter, while the abate archetypal has to accomplish do with a 3-megapixel camera on the aback and alone a 0.3-megapixel VGA unit.


Software

In agreement of software, both our analysis units came active Android 4.2.2, but we were prompted to download an amend to 4.3 appropriate afterwards axis them on. Both tablets run banal Android. Dell doesn't accommodate abundant in the way of customisation, except for two apps, PocketCloud and PocketCloud Explore. Both apps are powered by Wyse, which Dell now owns.

PocketCloud lets you break affiliated and admission files stored on your desktop or laptop. You can about use the app to run a alien desktop affair and see your PC awning appropriate on your tablet. It works with Windows PCs or Macs, and apps are accessible for iOS as able-bodied as Android. The app uses a Google annual to accredit you gadgets in Pakistan, or you can set up a affiliation manually instead. Navigation will acutely be tricky, as aggregate will be scaled to the abundant abate book screen, but the app has congenital accoutrement that simulate a abrasion cursor for authentic selection. It's not article we'd brainstorm application actual often, but it could appear in accessible already in a while.


PocketCloud Explore lets you admission an authorised PC's files and browse through its contents. It's abundant easier to baddest files and folders this way, so this is the bigger adjustment if you don't charge to use any desktop software.

Everything abroad about the Venues' software is authentic banal Android. Because the accessories use on-screen buttons rather than committed concrete or capacitive buttons, it's sometimes difficult to cross around. Full-screen apps such as the camera and amateur adumbrate the controls but bare out a bit of amplitude on the basal of the screen. The icons are replaced with three aside dots, which you can tap to activate. Similarly, videos accept to either resize or resposition themselves aback paused to accomplish allowance for the button bar.

Camera

We activated both tablets' cameras and begin their affection to be actual different. The Venue 8 acutely has the above camera hardware, but in the appropriate conditions, both tablets can booty appropriate photos.


The Venue 7's rear camera has a average 3-megapixel sensor. In ample daylight, images were clear, but lacked detail. Aback opened out on a big screen, it looks like addition has activated a actual basal posterise aftereffect to abroad subjects. Alike the bright dejected sky has an odd arrangement to it. Under calm beaming lighting, after-effects were abundant worse. Photos attending accept if you don't zoom in. Low ablaze achievement was awful, with capacity almost visible. Photos taken with this camera are aloof about accept for administration online, but you won't bout the affection of alike a basal featurephone camera with this one. As far as the advanced camera goes, you're bigger off aloof not application it at gadgets in Pakistan all.

Video is recorded at 720p, but you'd never be able to call it as "high definition". Objects are bleared and there's way too abundant noise, but at atomic the video doesn't jitter.


The Venue 8 takes decidedly bigger pictures in all conditions, although they're still not of actual aerial quality. There's still way too abundant compression, but you can at atomic see some detail aback you zoom in on a big screen. This is a camera you can use in a pinch, but again, you'd be bigger off with best buzz cameras. The front-facing camera will do for casual video chats.

The Venue 8's rear camera additionally takes 720p video, and it's additionally annihilation to address home about. The camera has agitation adjusting to altered acknowledgment altitude in the average of a shot.

Neither book gives you abounding options aback it comes to shooting. The camera app is as basal as can be. The alone options on the Venue 7 are for centralized or alien storage, and white balance, while the Venue 8 additionally has options for angel ambit (5MP, 3MP or VGA) and video resolution (480p or 720p).

Performance and array life

It ability assume that these tablets don't accept actual abundant activity for them, but their performace is absolutely appealing snappy. Again, we accept to admonish ourselves that these are appealing bargain tablets, and the Venue 7 is far cheaper than alike Google's Nexus 7.

Both did able-bodied in our criterion tests, with admirable array in both CPU-intensive and cartoon tests. As expected, the Venue 8 had an bend over its abate sibling, acknowledgment to a faster processor.

Both tablets use the aforementioned battery, rated at 4100mAh. Unsurprisingly, the bigger awning on the Venue 8 accepted to be a handicap, and it lasted for 406 account in our video bend analysis while the Venue 7 had a bisected hour advantage, at 437 minutes.

Both tablets did able-bodied aback it came to arena 1080p HD video. Higher bitrate videos didn't play, but accepted formats were altogether fine. Audio from anniversary tablet's distinct apostle wasn't actual rich, but it was loud and bright abundant for our liking.


Verdict: Dell Venue 7

The Venue 7 could accept been a absurd bargain tablet. It costs aloof over bisected of what the analogously sized Google Nexus 7 (2013) does, authoritative it a austere account alternative. One cogent advantage it has over the Nexus is its microSD agenda slot. It's additionally baby and ablaze abundant to bung in a bag aloof in case it's anytime needed.

Unfortunately, the abominable awning makes it adamantine for us to brainstorm anytime application this book for account or watching videos, which are two aloft use cases for abate tablets. We don't apperception the low resolution, but it's the arresting filigree arrangement that absolutely distracts us.

The Venue 7 competes with several tablets from abate brands, abounding of which action articulation calling as well. However, Dell's name and acceptability will be abundant to amplitude abounding decisions. If you aloof demand to cream the Web, use amusing networking apps and comedy amateur occasionally, this is still a actual able artefact at its amount point. However we'd acerb admonish you to try it in a boutique aboriginal to see if you can alive with the screen.

Pros

Small and light
Affordable book from a big brand
Snappy performance
Good looks and construction

Cons

Awful screen
Low-quality cameras 
Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 4
Display: 2
Camera: 1.5
Performance: 4
Software: 3.5
Battery Life: 3.5
Value for Money: 3
Overall: 3

Verdict: Dell Venue 8
It ability not complete like that abundant added awning space, but the Venue 8 is abundant added acceptable to read, watch videos and comedy amateur on. It isn't as ablaze or accessible to authority in one hand, but it's a lot added able as a media burning device. What's more, the cameras ability absolutely appear in handy. It ability assume odd that Dell has appear two articles that are so similar, but there are audible use cases for either one.

However, the Venue 8 is a lot added big-ticket than the Venue 7. For alone a little added money, you could get a first-generation iPad mini, which is still appealing acceptable amount for money. Added options in this amount ambit accommodate Lenovo's Yoga 8 B6000 and the abate but added able Xolo Comedy Tegra Note.

Pros

Comfortable to apprehend and watch videos on
Snappy performance
Good looks and construction

Cons

A bit expensive
Low-quality cameras 
Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 4
Display: 3
Camera: 3
Performance: 4
Software: 3.5
Battery Life: 3.5
Value for Money: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 review

It isn't hasty that Dell has jumped into the Android book affray - it's alone hasty that it took them so continued to get austere about it. The PC industry's abatement is now able-bodied authentic and every aloft amateur is attractive to alter into added areas gadgets in Pakistan. Dell aboriginal approved its duke at smartphones and tablets aback in 2009, but none of its attempts aback afresh including the aboriginal Venue, Venue Pro, XCD, Streak and Mini artefact curve anytime amounted to much.


Now, afterwards a few years of absorption on Windows-based Ultrabooks, hybrids, and all-in-one desktops, Dell is has absitively to accord Android addition shot. The Venue cast has been resuscitated and is now actuality acclimated beyond a band of new tablets. There are two Android-based Venues and two Windows-powered Venue Pros.

The two Android tablets are acutely similar, with the primary aberration actuality the admeasurement of their screens. As their names suggest, the Dell Venue 7 has a 7-inch awning while the Venue 8 has an 8-inch screen. We accept both of them in for analysis today, so let's see how they assemblage up adjoin the antagonism and anniversary other.

Look and feel

The two tablets are about identical, afar from their sizes. The Venue 8 is acutely a little taller and added than the Venue 7, it's additionally 0.15mm thicker. Both tablets accept apparent bottle advanced faces with no button arrangement and no branding. There's alone the baby annular agent of anniversary device's front-facing camera that gives you any clue about which way is up. The bottle is amidst by a tiny aloft elastic arena that protects the awning aback anniversary book is placed face bottomward on a table.


The aback and abandon are a distinct artificial shell, fabricated out of soft-touch rubberised plastic. Anniversary book has a ample argent Dell brand appropriate in the average of the rear panel, with its capital camera centered aloft it and an Intel logo forth with authoritative badges below. The camera on the Venue 8 sits on a hardly aloft bulge while the Venue 7's is absolutely alike with the body.

oth models accept their microUSB charging ports and aggregate rockers on the aerial larboard side. The ability buttons and bend sockets are on top, and the apostle grilles are on the bottom gadgets in Pakistan. On the lower appropriate edges, ample flaps burrow the microSD agenda slots and bare spaces area SIM agenda slots ability be begin on abeyant approaching variants that abutment cellular abstracts connections.

The Venue ancestors accept an understated, affected look. They additionally feel appealing sturdy, but not like exceptional articles in agreement of either architectonics or materials. Considering their low price, we're absolutely blessed with the all-embracing attending and feel.


Features and specifications

Most Android phones and tablets are powered by ARM-based processors from companies such as Qualcomm, but Dell has gone with a brace of Intel chips based on the aggressive X86 architecture. Intel has struggled to architectonics processors acceptable for carriageable battery-powered devices, so this is article of an endorsement of their latest efforts gadgets in Pakistan. The Venue 7 uses an Atom Z2560 active at 1.6GHz, while the Venue 8 has abundant allowance for an Atom Z2580, which runs at 2GHz. These are the best accessible speeds anniversary dent will run at, aback it isn't throttled bottomward to save array power.

Both CPUs accept two concrete cores and Hyper-Threading, which allows four accoutrement to run simultaneously. They additionally appear with chip SGX 544MP2 cartoon and 1080p video acceleration. Intel claims these processors are optimised for Android in agreement of performance, aegis and ability efficiency.


Dell has outfitted anniversary book with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of congenital storage. The microSD agenda slots abutment SDXC cards up to 128GB in size, which is a noteworthy first. In agreement of wireless connectivity, there's Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Dell doesn't yet action versions of these tablets with 3G abstracts support.

The two models accept actual altered screens. Alike admitting they allotment the aforementioned resolution of 1280x800, you can acquaint them afar with a distinct glance. Colours on the Venue 7's awning are acutely cooler, while the Venue 8's awning has a balmy brownish tint. The Venue 7 additionally has a arresting pixel filigree pattern, which its bigger affinity doesn't. It's added arresting aback attractive at the awning at an angle, aback there's ablaze ablaze in the room, and abnormally if you're aggravating to apprehend argument on a ablaze background. Aggregate on the awning looks like it's been accustomed a linen texture. The Venue 8 additionally suffers from this problem, but it's a lot milder. While the abate tablet's awning is bluff and has added authentic colour reproduction, the filigree aloof kills the acquaintance of application it.

The two models' cameras are additionally decidedly different. The Venue 8 is able with a 5-megapixel capital camera and 2-megapixel advanced shooter, while the abate archetypal has to accomplish do with a 3-megapixel camera on the aback and alone a 0.3-megapixel VGA unit.


Software

In agreement of software, both our analysis units came active Android 4.2.2, but we were prompted to download an amend to 4.3 appropriate afterwards axis them on. Both tablets run banal Android. Dell doesn't accommodate abundant in the way of customisation, except for two apps, PocketCloud and PocketCloud Explore. Both apps are powered by Wyse, which Dell now owns.

PocketCloud lets you break affiliated and admission files stored on your desktop or laptop. You can about use the app to run a alien desktop affair and see your PC awning appropriate on your tablet. It works with Windows PCs or Macs, and apps are accessible for iOS as able-bodied as Android. The app uses a Google annual to accredit you gadgets in Pakistan, or you can set up a affiliation manually instead. Navigation will acutely be tricky, as aggregate will be scaled to the abundant abate book screen, but the app has congenital accoutrement that simulate a abrasion cursor for authentic selection. It's not article we'd brainstorm application actual often, but it could appear in accessible already in a while.


PocketCloud Explore lets you admission an authorised PC's files and browse through its contents. It's abundant easier to baddest files and folders this way, so this is the bigger adjustment if you don't charge to use any desktop software.

Everything abroad about the Venues' software is authentic banal Android. Because the accessories use on-screen buttons rather than committed concrete or capacitive buttons, it's sometimes difficult to cross around. Full-screen apps such as the camera and amateur adumbrate the controls but bare out a bit of amplitude on the basal of the screen. The icons are replaced with three aside dots, which you can tap to activate. Similarly, videos accept to either resize or resposition themselves aback paused to accomplish allowance for the button bar.

Camera

We activated both tablets' cameras and begin their affection to be actual different. The Venue 8 acutely has the above camera hardware, but in the appropriate conditions, both tablets can booty appropriate photos.


The Venue 7's rear camera has a average 3-megapixel sensor. In ample daylight, images were clear, but lacked detail. Aback opened out on a big screen, it looks like addition has activated a actual basal posterise aftereffect to abroad subjects. Alike the bright dejected sky has an odd arrangement to it. Under calm beaming lighting, after-effects were abundant worse. Photos attending accept if you don't zoom in. Low ablaze achievement was awful, with capacity almost visible. Photos taken with this camera are aloof about accept for administration online, but you won't bout the affection of alike a basal featurephone camera with this one. As far as the advanced camera goes, you're bigger off aloof not application it at gadgets in Pakistan all.

Video is recorded at 720p, but you'd never be able to call it as "high definition". Objects are bleared and there's way too abundant noise, but at atomic the video doesn't jitter.


The Venue 8 takes decidedly bigger pictures in all conditions, although they're still not of actual aerial quality. There's still way too abundant compression, but you can at atomic see some detail aback you zoom in on a big screen. This is a camera you can use in a pinch, but again, you'd be bigger off with best buzz cameras. The front-facing camera will do for casual video chats.

The Venue 8's rear camera additionally takes 720p video, and it's additionally annihilation to address home about. The camera has agitation adjusting to altered acknowledgment altitude in the average of a shot.

Neither book gives you abounding options aback it comes to shooting. The camera app is as basal as can be. The alone options on the Venue 7 are for centralized or alien storage, and white balance, while the Venue 8 additionally has options for angel ambit (5MP, 3MP or VGA) and video resolution (480p or 720p).

Performance and array life

It ability assume that these tablets don't accept actual abundant activity for them, but their performace is absolutely appealing snappy. Again, we accept to admonish ourselves that these are appealing bargain tablets, and the Venue 7 is far cheaper than alike Google's Nexus 7.

Both did able-bodied in our criterion tests, with admirable array in both CPU-intensive and cartoon tests. As expected, the Venue 8 had an bend over its abate sibling, acknowledgment to a faster processor.

Both tablets use the aforementioned battery, rated at 4100mAh. Unsurprisingly, the bigger awning on the Venue 8 accepted to be a handicap, and it lasted for 406 account in our video bend analysis while the Venue 7 had a bisected hour advantage, at 437 minutes.

Both tablets did able-bodied aback it came to arena 1080p HD video. Higher bitrate videos didn't play, but accepted formats were altogether fine. Audio from anniversary tablet's distinct apostle wasn't actual rich, but it was loud and bright abundant for our liking.


Verdict: Dell Venue 7

The Venue 7 could accept been a absurd bargain tablet. It costs aloof over bisected of what the analogously sized Google Nexus 7 (2013) does, authoritative it a austere account alternative. One cogent advantage it has over the Nexus is its microSD agenda slot. It's additionally baby and ablaze abundant to bung in a bag aloof in case it's anytime needed.

Unfortunately, the abominable awning makes it adamantine for us to brainstorm anytime application this book for account or watching videos, which are two aloft use cases for abate tablets. We don't apperception the low resolution, but it's the arresting filigree arrangement that absolutely distracts us.

The Venue 7 competes with several tablets from abate brands, abounding of which action articulation calling as well. However, Dell's name and acceptability will be abundant to amplitude abounding decisions. If you aloof demand to cream the Web, use amusing networking apps and comedy amateur occasionally, this is still a actual able artefact at its amount point. However we'd acerb admonish you to try it in a boutique aboriginal to see if you can alive with the screen.

Pros

Small and light
Affordable book from a big brand
Snappy performance
Good looks and construction

Cons

Awful screen
Low-quality cameras 
Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 4
Display: 2
Camera: 1.5
Performance: 4
Software: 3.5
Battery Life: 3.5
Value for Money: 3
Overall: 3

Verdict: Dell Venue 8
It ability not complete like that abundant added awning space, but the Venue 8 is abundant added acceptable to read, watch videos and comedy amateur on. It isn't as ablaze or accessible to authority in one hand, but it's a lot added able as a media burning device. What's more, the cameras ability absolutely appear in handy. It ability assume odd that Dell has appear two articles that are so similar, but there are audible use cases for either one.

However, the Venue 8 is a lot added big-ticket than the Venue 7. For alone a little added money, you could get a first-generation iPad mini, which is still appealing acceptable amount for money. Added options in this amount ambit accommodate Lenovo's Yoga 8 B6000 and the abate but added able Xolo Comedy Tegra Note.

Pros

Comfortable to apprehend and watch videos on
Snappy performance
Good looks and construction

Cons

A bit expensive
Low-quality cameras 
Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 4
Display: 3
Camera: 3
Performance: 4
Software: 3.5
Battery Life: 3.5
Value for Money: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

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