- Windows 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 1.2MP Front Camera
- 4830mAH Battery
- 32GB Internal Memory
Dell Venue 8 Pro: Packing in Affordability with the Elegance
We did see how functional the Windows 8 enabled tablets were over the years with varying screen sizes, mostly hovering around the 10 inch mark. While some suggested that sizeable displays were indispensible for a Windows enabled handheld device, some companies duly experimented even with a staggering 15 inch console. Although doing down the scale wasn’t much of an option, Dell came out with an open mind and launched the Venue 8 Pro, thus venturing into this keenly contested Tablet market with this 8inch weapon in hands. What seemed to be a bold attempt slowly transpired into a strategic move as the structure and design cues were tweaked in such a manner than 8inch never felt too minimalistic to the users.
We won’t say the Venue 8 Pro is perfect as it wantonly trespasses into the very delicate zone in the quest of recognition. Inherent problems with the included OS did feel at home on using this tablet which otherwise did most of the things correctly and ably cracked the elusive code for striking the perfect balance between performance, price, usability and most importantly, the design. Here is a detailed analysis as how this tablet fares in the international arena:
Breaking the streaks is what the Venue 8 Pro does the best. While the brittle bodied, glossy entities flocked the market for long, this gadget comes along with an appealing exterior which is no less sturdy than some of the praise-worthy Android based siblings. What shows up is a slate, mostly made up of plastic and glass with the small bezels adding to the aesthetic appeal. One needs to have a look at the rear end which sports the ribbed layout followed by the soft-touch rubberized finish for a much better grip. At a paltry 0.9 pound, this isn’t the heaviest of the lot and makes for a great carry as well. We all aspire of holding the gadgets with only one hand and the Venue 8 Pro does fulfill the expectations with smarted dimensions. The hypothetical keyboard as promised by the company although lacks the touchscreen interface for seamless onscreen navigation. Users also need to appreciate the physical tabs placed along the rightmost edge which are great to work with but the Windows button comes out to be slightly misplaced.
The native resolution i.e. 1280x800-pixels fits in perfectly with the 8inch console although this isn’t HD of sorts. Keeping the budget in mind, this is one enchanting addition as the resolution is backed up by the IPS technology. While most of the viewing angles are perfectly covered and the device looks pleasant even when viewed from the sides, the display often feels a bit bland sans the HD functionality. The brightness and contrast levels though make for an exciting viewing experience and for a handheld gadget the provided display specs do sound and feel quite a lot.
We did find a performance oriented processor built-in with the Venue 8 Pro in the Intel Atom 3740D variant. While this clocked at a speed of 1.8GHz, the gadget did perform within the acceptable limits besides treading over a few times as well. The chipset functions in unison to the 2GB RAM which makes up for lessened clocks speed and delivers a power packed performance. This gadget also included a dedicated GPU of the Intel make and has quite a telling effect in the overall gaming performance. While the system rarely lags even when the user is multitasking quite generously, what stands out is the seamless gaming performance without any lag or stutter. The embedded processor does have its set of cons as it often feels archaic in the market loaded with Octa-core variants, but given the price tag, Venue 8 Pro has done a great job keeping the Quad-core chipset within reach.
While we did see a 2GB flash memory of DDR3 make, the built-in solid state drive corresponds to a meager 32GB. This is in no way adequate for someone who is willing to use the tablet as a virtual tablet and this is where the Venue 8 Pro disappoints. Some 64GB variants have also been released in the market, thus making storage quite an effortless bet for most users.
The rear end primary camera has a 5MP unit which allows the user to click out pictures within the acceptable limits. While the low-light performance isn’t anything close to perfect, one may assume that tablet cameras were never that performance oriented. Here is a 1.2MP front unit which is mostly meant for snapping a few selfies without being too picky about the quality.
The 4830mAh battery provides enough juice to the device and one can easily go up to 7 to9 hours at high usage including the video playback. This is mostly at par with other high-end devices and without the voice calling and 3G support, it fares quite well in the battery department.
The Windows 8 compatibility comes with MS-Office package pre-installed with a yearlong subscription. Being a Windows 8 tablet, it focuses on performance oriented apps which can be downloaded via the Wi-Fi support as per the Dell Wireless Dual band standards.
The Venue 8 Pro sets the bar reasonably high for most Windows 8 tablets to achieve as its balances out every aspect with seamless ease. While we still look forward to the hypothetical keyboard, this gadget can be considered as the most preferred substitute for your laptop at the given price range.
Dell Veneue 8 Pro Rivals:
Acer Iconia W4 820
Acer Iconia A1 811
Dell Venue 8
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 3G
Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display