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Dell Venue 8 7000 review

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
Informr score
The Dell Venue 8 7000 currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • RealSense camera features
  • Battery life
  • Design

What's bad

  • Price
  • Front camera placement
  • Picky rear-facing camera

When it comes to Android tablets, even the flagship devices everyone loves can have a less-than-premium feel. Reviewers constantly note that their still waiting to see a truly premium tablet. Dell claims to have delivered that with the Venue 8 7000, along with a few other toys, but does it live up to the claims? Let’s dig into the reviews.

Currently the thinnest Android tablet on the market at 6mm, the aluminum chassis of the Venue offers weight-saving benefits as well. While it’s not the lightest tablet, it comes close, at just under 11 ounces. While there were a few aspects of the tablet that reviews didn’t agree upon, the design is not one of them. Every review, from CNet to Engadget, loves the way the tablet feels and looks. SlashGear stated, “In-hand, whether it be portrait or landscape, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a joy” while Business News Daily added, “If you're seeking a tablet that won't weigh you down on your daily commute, it's hard to beat Dell's tablet.”

The chassis houses an 8.4-inch 2560-by-1600 pixel OLED display set off-center on the face of the tablet. The screen is nearly bezelless, a feature that virtually every review applauded. SlashGear stated that it feels like “the screen is floating in mid-air.” Contrast, color and detail on the display was hailed by all as exceptional, rivaling the best of current flagship devices.

Powering the tablet, you’ll find an Intel Atom Z3580 processor running at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM. While this makes comparing it to other tablets a little difficult, reviews are generally positive. All noted that day-to-day use was smooth and responsive. Though a few reviews had issues with heat during extended use and found the tablet to lag slightly when switching apps or flipping the screen orientation. Otherwise, reviews indicate that even heavy gaming is handled rather well.

If you’re looking for a portable media player or like to play games, you’ll find the 16GB of storage space might get a little cramped. Fortunately, with microSD support for cards up to 512GB, the tablet offers more storage than many flagship models.

One of the most touted features of the Venue 8 7000 is its 8MP rear camera with RealSense technology and flash. Using multiple sensors, the camera allows you to perform a wide range of advanced edits, including photo refocusing. Unfortunately, reviews of the camera are hit-or-miss. CNet notes, “photo quality is underwhelming” and virtually all reviews had problems with the camera in bright or low lighting.

The 2MP front camera for video chat appears adequate but highlights one of the biggest concerns mentioned in most reviews. The front facing camera is at the bottom of the device and the rear camera’s additional sensors are in the middle. This requires holding the tablet in odd positions to truly take advantage of its technologies. In the end, most reviews found it interesting yet awkward.

Lastly, the tablet includes a large, non-removable battery to keep the array of tech housed inside up and running. If you’re looking for a tablet to take on the go, reviews indicate that this is an exceptional choice. Most reviews found it easily topped nearly every Android tablet currently available. SlashGear found that they were able to pull a full weekend of mixed use on a single charge. Most reviews agreed, with the exception of PC Magazine, which also mentioned having some bugs with their test model. SlashGear summed things up well, stating, ”I can’t see anyone needing to plug this in daily.”

Overall, it appears that Dell has managed to surprise tablet enthusiasts and could be working to secure a place atop the flagship market with its Venue 8 7000. If you don’t mind the odd camera placement and off-center screen, reviews indicate this is one of the best Android tablets available in 2015. Digital Trends summarizes reviews well when they say, “If you’re an Android fan seeking a tablet with looks as premium as its performance, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is the one for you.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
8.4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is an attractive Android tablet with a super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life. However, it's more expensive than closely matched rivals and the RealSense camera technology which is supposedly a selling point isn't worth t...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is an attractive Android tablet with a super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life. However, it's more expensive than closely matched rivals and the RealSense camera technology which is supposedly a selling point isn't worth t...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
TUAW

At $399, the Dell Venue 8 7000 isn't exactly cheap, but it mostly merits its flagship price. Thanks to a combination of a thin and beautiful design, excellent build quality, long battery life and a stunning screen, the Venue 8 earns its status as one of the best Android tablets you can buy. As the f...

- Dana Wollman, TUAW
TechSpot

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is arguably one of the best looking tablets currently on the market. If you’re a fan of slim profiles, you’ll love what Dell has done here. The mostly aluminum chassis makes for a lightweight slate given its size. 

- Shawn Knight, TechSpot
TechRadar

An Android tablet wrapped in a sleek, ultra-thin aluminum frame wrapped in an awful name. Regardless, this is the 'world's thinnest' tablet and turns out to be one of the best.

- Matt Swider, TechRadar


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Screen Size
8.4"

The Dell Venue 8 7000's screen size is 8.4 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z3580 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5900mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5900 mAh battery. Dell's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Venue 8 7000 Specs

Overview
Release date January 6, 2015
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Intel Atom Z3580 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5900 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.6 x 12.4 x 0.6 cm (8.5 x 4.9 x 0.2 in)
Weight 305 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 359 pixels
Size 8.4 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
3D, Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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