Vise Review: Dell Venue 8 7000 – Picture Perfect… Sort Of

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Dell Venue 8 7000
  • Display
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • Camera
  • OS
4.3

Most tablets come with cameras these days, but none are really optimally designed for taking pictures. That all changes with the Dell Venue 8 7000, a powerful tablet with a particular focus on photography that also happens to be the world’s thinnest Android tablet.

DELL VENUE 8 7000 – DESIGN AND FEATURESDell Venue 8 7000 Series

As said before, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is remarkably thin. In fact, as of this review, it is the world’s thinnest tablet. It is also very lightweight, though it isn’t the lightest tablet out there. However, other than that, the design on the Dell Venue 8 7000 is far from spectacular. In fact, it’s a little bland. With a black face and standard grey back, it simply looks like a basic tablet. That’s kind of a shame, considering that bland packaging is hiding some seriously powerful specs and one of the best camera ever for tablets.

That being said, the display is pretty stunning on the Dell Venue 8 7000. It has an OLED display similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, though the colors pop a bit more on the Tab S. That does not change the fact that the Dell Venue’s display looks amazing.

The features are also pretty basic. The Dell Venue 8 7000 comes with Anroid 4.4 KitKat, and may be getting an Android 5.0 Lollipop update sooner rather than later. It also doesn’t have a ton of pre-installed apps taking up the internal storage. Besides the stock Android apps and a special app, like the Dell Gallery, here and there it is a clean slate.

SPECS AND CAMERA

Put simply, the specs on the Dell Venue 8 7000 are powerful, but not the most powerful. While it certainly gives the tablet elites a run for their money, it is ultimate beat out by tablets such as the iPad Air 2 and the Nexus 9. That in itself is a feat though. Users will notice that, for the most part, the tablet responds well and has a snappy response time. It lags a little during gaming sessions and large downloads can take forever, which could be a deal breaker for many. Users should also note that the Dell Venue 8 7000 sports 16 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, and expandable storage up to a stunning 512 GB.

Now we come to what the Dell Venue 8 7000 is all about… the camera. The Dell Venue is the first tablet to incorporate the Intel RealSense camera. RealSense works by having three cameras on the back of the device that collect more depth information than standard cameras. This allows for more thorough and expansive editing after the photo has been taken. It really is a fascinating bit of technology, and coupled with the robust editing features in Dell Gallery, it certainly changes the way photos are handled on tablets. The only disappointing aspect of it is the low camera resolution. It isn’t a huge surprise considering all tablets have weak cameras, but it is more noticeable considering the otherwise progressive camera and photo-editing features. The other downside is perhaps the location… I mean it’s literally in the south of the tablet; both the front and rear facing cameras.

THE VERDICT

The Dell Venue 8 7000 actually is a pretty impressive tablet. Though it doesn’t have the best specs, or the most luxurious design, it justifies its $399 price tag with its robust photo editing features and next generation RealSense camera. If you are a photographer at heart, you would be wise to get this stellar tablet.

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