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Dell Venue 8 Pro

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
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The Dell Venue 8 Pro currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Compact size and thin profile
  • Decent overall specs and battery life
  • Affordable price

What's bad

  • Lacks pre-packaged accessories
  • Screen resolution could be higher
  • Non-standard Windows button placement

Windows tablets aren't usually known for combining great features with an inexpensive price tag. That's what makes the Dell Venue 8 Pro, powered by Windows 8.1, somewhat special.

In his review of the Venue 8 Pro tablet on Tablet-News, Ed Hardy says that it "hits the 'sweet spot' of price vs. functionality." He also praises it for its ability to do everything a casual consumer needs at a very good price.

Reviewers have noted that the Venue 8 Pro would make for a good all-around mobile computer, with the likes of Chuong Nguyen from GottaBeMobile saying, "the Dell Venue 8 Pro allows you to take your desktop PC wherever you go." Of course, it won't offer identical performance to your typical desktop PC, but at least it has a leg up on the competition especially when it comes to bang for the buck.

Cnet's Dan Ackerman points out that there are certain things on the Venue 8 Pro which "feel like errors," such as the lack of pre-packaged accessories and the seemingly misplaced Windows button. So if you're switching from a different Windows tablet, this may represent a minor caveat.

With all of that said, there are still a lot of reasons to consider the Venue 8 Pro. As Computerworld's Preston Galla readily admits, "If you're looking for a reasonably priced, well-performing Windows 8.1 tablet, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is the one to get."


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
8"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GottaBeMobile

Like so many other tablets. How great the Dell Venue 8 is going to be for your needs comes down to what you care about. At $179, it’s not a terrible eReader at all. Again, text is crisp and there’s plenty of storage if you ever want to watch a movie.However, the Dell Venue 8 at $179 is a...

- Travis Pope, GottaBeMobile
Cnet

I've been waiting for the perfect 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, offering just the right design, features, and price. I'm still waiting, but the Dell Venue 8 Pro gets closer than anything else has to date. If Dell made it available from Day One with its paired keyboard accessory, put the Windows button ba...

- Dan Ackerman, Cnet
Ars Technica

By most important measures, 8-inch Windows tablets are about a year or a year-and-a-half behind Android tablets. Applications for many major services exist, but they aren’t always up to the versions on other tablets. Windows 8.1 still needs some work before its touch interface is quite up to s...

- Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica
Tablet News

A good tablet for Windows fans to use for personal and occasional professional tasks, but not capable of being a full-time business computer.

- Ed Hardy, Tablet News
PCWorld

The Dell Venue Pro 8 will never replace your laptop, but that’s not the point. For $300, you get full Windows in a mini tablet, and despite the low price, it’s not cheaply done. It’s well built, performs well, and will run all day on battery. The only big caveats are the lack of po...

- Michelle Mastin, PCWorld


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Screen Size
8"

The Dell Venue 8 Pro's screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z3740D Quad core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4830mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4830 mAh battery.

Venue 8 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date October 18, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 8.1

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z3740D Quad core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
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 4830 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.6 x 13 x 0.9 cm (8.5 x 5.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 395 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors 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 No
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 Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
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
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
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, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


GottaBeMobile

Fails on so many levels.

from GottaBeMobile

Like so many other tablets. How great the Dell Venue 8 is going to be for your needs comes down to what you care about. At $179, it’s not a terrible eReader at all. Again, text is crisp and there’s plenty of storage if you ever want to watch a movie.

However, the Dell Venue 8 at $179 is an absolutely terrible way to browse the internet. It’s an even worse way to stay productive. Dell plays around with productivity by giving users a Microsoft Office clone (and wireless charging that they need a dock for), but neither the processor nor this version of Android are up to that task...

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Like so many other tablets. How great the Dell Venue 8 is going to be for your needs comes down to what you care about. At $179, it’s not a terrible eReader at all. Again, text is crisp and there’s plenty of storage if you ever want to watch a movie.

However, the Dell Venue 8 at $179 is an absolutely terrible way to browse the internet. It’s an even worse way to stay productive. Dell plays around with productivity by giving users a Microsoft Office clone (and wireless charging that they need a dock for), but neither the processor nor this version of Android are up to that task.

Buy the Dell Venue 8 if you’re looking for an eReader, or to act as an entertainment back up on long flights. Don’t buy the Dell Venue 8 if you need anything more than something to supplement your phone or mildly entertain you. There are better tablets, mainly the Nexus 7. It’s $229, but it’s a better experience. 

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Cnet

An inexpensive 8-inch tablet with a premium feel

from Cnet

I've been waiting for the perfect 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, offering just the right design, features, and price. I'm still waiting, but the Dell Venue 8 Pro gets closer than anything else has to date. If Dell made it available from Day One with its paired keyboard accessory, put the Windows button back where it belongs, and could find a way to scale certain Windows functions better to the small screen, it would be a real winner...

More

I've been waiting for the perfect 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, offering just the right design, features, and price. I'm still waiting, but the Dell Venue 8 Pro gets closer than anything else has to date. If Dell made it available from Day One with its paired keyboard accessory, put the Windows button back where it belongs, and could find a way to scale certain Windows functions better to the small screen, it would be a real winner.

As it is, as long as you're already making some sacrifices, it's hard not to suggest you look at the Asus T100 , which pairs a slightly larger 10-inch tablet with an attachable keyboard dock, twice the storage space, and better battery life, all for about $50 more. 

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Ars Technica

Snappy performance in an attractive package

from Ars Technica

By most important measures, 8-inch Windows tablets are about a year or a year-and-a-half behind Android tablets. Applications for many major services exist, but they aren’t always up to the versions on other tablets. Windows 8.1 still needs some work before its touch interface is quite up to speed with Android and iOS. Battery life and performance are good, but screen resolution is about a generation behind what Apple and Google are offering...

More

By most important measures, 8-inch Windows tablets are about a year or a year-and-a-half behind Android tablets. Applications for many major services exist, but they aren’t always up to the versions on other tablets. Windows 8.1 still needs some work before its touch interface is quite up to speed with Android and iOS. Battery life and performance are good, but screen resolution is about a generation behind what Apple and Google are offering.

That being said, 8-inch tablets like the Venue 8 Pro stand to do for the Windows tablet ecosystem what the original Nexus 7 did for Android. They're not perfect, but unlike the first efforts, they're good enough that early adopters and enthusiasts might actually want them. Generating that basic level of interest is the first step toward success, and by this time next year we might be looking at some Windows tablets that we like as much as we like the 2013 Nexus 7 or Retina iPad mini today.

If you need Windows on a small tablet, the Venue 8 Pro is one of the few we would actually recommend. It's fast enough, attractive enough, and comfortable enough. Regular people buying their first tablet will still be served better by Android or iOS, but Dell, Intel, and Microsoft are beginning to close that gap. 

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Tablet News

A good tablet for Windows fans to use for personal and occasional professional tasks

from Tablet News

This tablet hits the "sweet spot" of price vs. functionality. It does just about everything a casual consumer needs at a very good price -- the list price is $300, but can regularly be found for much less.

But that doesn't mean it's a great option for business use. This is a fine table...More

This tablet hits the "sweet spot" of price vs. functionality. It does just about everything a casual consumer needs at a very good price -- the list price is $300, but can regularly be found for much less.

But that doesn't mean it's a great option for business use. This is a fine tablet for a prosumer who needs a full version of Windows for his personal and occasional professional tasks, but it's not one capable of being a full-time business computer.

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PCWorld

Windows 8.1 in a pint-sized package

from PCWorld

The Dell Venue Pro 8 will never replace your laptop, but that’s not the point. For $300, you get full Windows in a mini tablet, and despite the low price, it’s not cheaply done. It’s well built, performs well, and will run all day on battery. The only big caveats are the lack of ports and the half-baked active pen.

Read full review

The Dell Venue Pro 8 will never replace your laptop, but that’s not the point. For $300, you get full Windows in a mini tablet, and despite the low price, it’s not cheaply done. It’s well built, performs well, and will run all day on battery. The only big caveats are the lack of ports and the half-baked active pen.

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GottaBeMobile

A small tablet that can be a grown up PC

from GottaBeMobile

If you live and breathe Windows, the Dell Venue 8 Pro allows you to take your desktop PC wherever you go, which isn’t a bad proposition if you’re a student, IT administrator, or one who does field work and requires the power of Microsoft’s desktop-class OS on the road. But given...More

If you live and breathe Windows, the Dell Venue 8 Pro allows you to take your desktop PC wherever you go, which isn’t a bad proposition if you’re a student, IT administrator, or one who does field work and requires the power of Microsoft’s desktop-class OS on the road. But given that it’s still a full PC, you’ll likely still have to do a lot of management with the Venue 8 Pro, including managing viruses, malware, and privacy settings.

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Fone Arena

Provides enough value with its full Windows 8 bits

from Fone Arena

It has a great display, good build quality, blazing fast performance and a long lasting battery life. However, one has to put up with the inconsistencies in software, the lower resolution display and the lacking, yet growing number of apps. It should be great for media consumption and general usa...More

It has a great display, good build quality, blazing fast performance and a long lasting battery life. However, one has to put up with the inconsistencies in software, the lower resolution display and the lacking, yet growing number of apps. It should be great for media consumption and general usage though. Windows 8.1 has improved a lot and has made tablets like these more usable than ever, so if you are looking at trying out a small Windows tablet, the Dell venue 8 Pro seems like the best option out there, especially since it is now available with great discounts.

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Cnet

An inexpensive 8-inch tablet with a premium feel

from Cnet

The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes close to being a great pocket-size mini-PC, but a misplaced button and missing accessories feel like errors.

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The Dell Venue 8 Pro comes close to being a great pocket-size mini-PC, but a misplaced button and missing accessories feel like errors.

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Computerworld

Offers a fine display and good features

from Computerworld

If you're looking for a reasonably priced, well-performing Windows 8.1 tablet, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is the one to get. Given its size, it's suitable only as a tablet and won't do double-duty as an ultrabook, as the far more expensive Surface Pro 2 with keyboard can.

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If you're looking for a reasonably priced, well-performing Windows 8.1 tablet, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is the one to get. Given its size, it's suitable only as a tablet and won't do double-duty as an ultrabook, as the far more expensive Surface Pro 2 with keyboard can.

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The Verge

An average competitor that gives us hope for the future

from The Verge

Dell’s Venue 8 Pro is the best Windows competition for the iPad mini, but it’s still far from matching Apple’s tablet. The out of box experience of the display dimming is unforgivable in a modern device, and Dell’s odd decision to place a Windows key at the top of the tabl...More

Dell’s Venue 8 Pro is the best Windows competition for the iPad mini, but it’s still far from matching Apple’s tablet. The out of box experience of the display dimming is unforgivable in a modern device, and Dell’s odd decision to place a Windows key at the top of the tablet is equally puzzling. The lack of Windows 8 apps holds this type of device back somewhat, but the potential is promising. Microsoft has laid some solid foundations with Windows 8.1, and will let you read, surf, listen to music, and watch movies. That’s really what these types of tablets are about: consumption.

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