Fondle: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet

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If you were expecting beauty shots of the tablet, you’ve come to the wrong post. That’s the only photo of it I’m publishing. I did zero of the overall device.

Other sites can do that vanity stuff.

I’ve got the real info everyone wants.

This is what everyone wants.

The honest AnTuTu X score:

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I made sure no other apps were running.

Well, that’s typical for Intel Atom with AnTuTu X. See this post for additional verification.

And here are the spec screens some people want:

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Screensnaps of the app launcher, showing what was on the tablet (note that I added AnTuTu X and Foxit Mobile PDF):

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These are sample photos taken with the rear camera. I’m running them full-size, click to enlarge:

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Yeah, there’s a hell of lot of blue there — and it should be white. I have zero experience with Android cameras, so I don’t know if the white balance was set correctly. I was mainly interested in seeing how sharp they were. My verdict is that it’s typical for a tablet camera and somewhat better than the crap camera Samsung hobbled the Galaxy Note 8 with.

Here’s a sample video, again showing too much blue:

If you want to examine the original video, which is a 3gp file, you can download it from my Google Docs.

This was the first time I actually tried to do something with an Android tablet. I used it to upload the pics to my Yahoo Mail and tried to upload the video to YouTube.

Man, Android is a UI mess.

As you can see from the lead photo, I wound up with two instances of The American Magazine downloading. But unlike with the 2013 Nexus 7, I could find no way to get the kind of screen that tablet gave me:

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So there was no way for me to discontinue one of the two downloads. What frustration!

Maybe a lot of the confusion goes away when someone uses apps for everything, but on a demo tablet I can’t go downloading a ton of apps to bypass the web browser.

And even when an app was already there — such as for YouTube — the ID UI was so damned confusing for more than one account that I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I gave up and uploaded the video to Yahoo Mail (which socked it in Dropbox, a whole other story when I got back…).

As for the tablet itself:

Build quality is excellent. The back has a rubber feel that is very nice. All buttons are solid. The screen is sharp.

What it lacks is snap.

I don’t know how to explain snap except that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has it and you can feel it. So if you can go try a Galaxy Note 8.0, you’ll see what I mean.

I wouldn’t call this a slow tablet. I’d call it the new low-end baseline for a tablet.

Would I recommend it? I don’t think you can go wrong for the price.

However: If you are heavily into games, this has an Intel Atom CPU that might not like some games.

Although Chinese forums have talked about games being incompatible with the Intel Atom-based Teclast P89 Mini, no one has compiled a list. I think it will be up to Americans and Europeans to do that.

By the way, whatever turns out to be incompatible will likely be made compatible. Intel has gained several partners in China and they’re not about to go away in tablets. So I think developers will make the effort to do whatever tweaking of their code is required for the Intel Atom.

As for rooting, there’s now a method for rooting an Intel Atom-based Android tablet, so no worries there.

Would I buy this tablet?

No, not after running my Google Books PDF test on it (see this post). I really expected more power from something that scored in the 20,000-range in AnTuTu.

But few people are interested in Google Books PDFs. So this would be a good choice for them, especially if they’ve been customers of Dell in the past.

What about the Dell Venue 7? I didn’t try it. I have no interest in seven-inch tablets (I did the 2013 Nexus 7 test solely for Google Books PDFs).

Previously here:

The New Dell Intel Atom Tablets: So Close…
Video: Dell Venue 8 Pro
Dell: Android, Windows 8.1 Tablets

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9 responses to “Fondle: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet

  1. jun

    Thanks for this. Can you confirm this is extremely light? How about battery life?

    I am shocked to see this is $100 cheaper than Asus Memo Pad 8, given specs are similar. Besides, how can Dell make such a light tablet? Under 300 gram? Surely the lightest 8 inch tablet on market.

    This tab is very underrated I think.

    • mikecane

      I didn’t find it to be light — the Venue 8 Pro, running Windows 8.1, was lighter. I can’t comment on the Asus tablet as it’s not something I’ve yet looked into.

  2. Underhill

    I think you are right when you say this sets a new low-end baseline for tablets. Much like the Nexus 7 is the standard for what is becoming the mid-range of 7″ tablets, this is the new standard for the lower end of the price scale.

    Compared to anything else in it’s price range it’s a nice machine. $199 for a 32gb 8″ tablet with these specs definitely raises the bar.

  3. New2android

    Didn’t you run the actual benchmark tests? Can we have the results and ranking?

  4. deltatux

    You referenced that there’s a rooting method available for this tablet. Any links to said rooting method as I can’t find a rooting method for this tablet.

    Cheers,
    deltatux

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