First Review: Dell Venue 8 7000/7840

Dell Venue 8 7000 Review: A Thin Tablet With Real Depth

The tablet is fast, even for light multitasking and work. When you connect to a monitor wirelessly using the $79 Dell Cast HDMI dongle, Dell’s multi-window Android desktop launches and gives you the ability to work (quite well) with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. The Android 4.4 operating system is clean, without any obnoxious Samsung-style widgets or interface tweaks. Unfortunately, it won’t get Android 5.0 Lollipop until March.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Whoa. I never heard that mentioned before!

Here it is, in a screensnap from the video at the review:

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For all the hype, it seems the camera disappoints:

But for all those tricks, taking photos with the Venue shouldn’t be so frustrating. Photos aren’t as sharp as ones taken with the iPad Air 2 or even the Galaxy Tab S, and certainly not as good as the iPhone 6 or the top Android phones. The big viewfinder also shows a relatively blurry live preview. Dell said the tablet is limited to a lower-resolution preview due to the three cameras working in unison. Still, looking through it is like forgetting to put on your glasses—it’s hard to read text or make out detail on someone’s face.

And here’s a screensnap sample from the video:

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Errrrrrm.

Maybe I’ll have to post-process photos in ways I never had to before. (Are there any Android photo apps with a “Make it look like iPad” button?)

I’m still eager to fondle this tablet.

Previously here:

Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 Released
Dell Venue 8 7000/7840: Best Buy, First User Report
Dell Venue 8 7000 Delayed
Video: Dell Venue 8 7000 Vs. Nexus 9

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