- Matt Swider , 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.
- Taylor Martin , Android Authority
While the Dell Venue 8 7000 is not without its flaws, the world’s thinnest tablet brings a lot to the table, with a fantastic price point to boot.
- Beautiful display
- RealSense camera features
- Battery life
- 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.”
Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)
Smooth performance combined with good battery life
Super slim design, a great screen and offers smooth performance combined with good battery life
Thin design, great screen, gimmicky camera
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 first tab with Intel's RealSense 3D camera setup, its unique photographic capabilities are a draw too, although some of the use cases feel more like gimmicks. What would make this already-excellent tablet even better is better image quality to match its imaging tricks. Also, while having the world... Full review
Beautiful display, decent overall performance
This is the 'world's thinnest' tablet and turns out to be one of the best
Instead of the Dell Venue 8 7000, this should have been called "Dell - the world's thinnest tablet" to tell us more about all of its iPad-beating features.
No, it doesn't match Apple's A8 chip with its unconventional use of a smaller Intel processor. That does make it slower than today's best tablets. But it ultimately helps more than it hurts, thanks to its thinner profile. This model is thin and has style, more so than other Android tablet.
It's funny to think about. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is targeting a younger audience, with an attractive design and without worrying about... Full review
Premium hardware, work-in-progress software
Should you buy it? That’s the question, right? Should you even take a hard look at the Dell Venue 8 7000? With all the camera tricks and tweaks, and that downright sexy 6mm frame, it’s definitely attractive.
When it comes to performance, the Dell Venue 8 7000 didn’t let me down, but it did make me question Intel’s placement. On more than one occasion, screens stuttered to do things they shouldn’t, or graphic performance just dips for unknown reasons. A parallax wallpaper, placed by default, doesn't move as smooth as it could. It kind of jumps to... Full review
Fantastic design and build quality, solid performance
Our biggest cause for concern with this tablet is its ergonomics. In just about anything but portrait, it doesn’t feel quite right, and accidental screen taps or button presses are inevitable. Those issues are aren’t enough to out shine all the high points of this tablet though. It’s definitely one of the best looking Android tablets to hit the market in a very long time, the speakers and display make it ideal for multimedia consumption, and it also offers up some pretty impressive battery performance. While not perfect, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a surprisingly great tablet... Full review
It feels like the future, but the future is a little awkward
I find myself torn with regard to the design of the Venue 8. On one hand it's cool to use a device that's almost all screen. As technology advances, I think we're going to be seeing more tablets that have design features in common with the Venue 8. On the other hand, Dell might have made too many sacrifices to earn the title of "world's thinnest tablet." The camera and light sensor are in a weird place and the tablet's weight is shifted strongly toward the bottom. The asymmetrical bezel also makes using the Venue in landscape orientation unpleasant.
Maybe we wouldn't even be talking... Full review
A tablet that breaks design convention
Not everybody might appreciate the somewhat industrial-looking design - but the Venue 8 7000 is quite a striking tablet in our book. The razor-thin chassis features extremely high build quality, tight tolerances, and high-end materials. The hardware is no slouch either and offers decent performance for both work and play. Unfortunately, Dell doesn't offer the tablet with more than a 16 GB eMMC flash drive, although the user has at least the option to use a MicroSD card with up to 512 GB capacity. Ergonomics are a hit and miss: because of the ultra-narrow bezel, the tablet isn't easy to hold... Full review
A tablet that takes photography seriously
Thin-as-a-rail designs, speedy specs and razor-sharp HD screens reign as must-have high-end features, but few tablets bring anything fresh or intriguing to the table. The Dell Venue 8 7000 is a rare exception that delivers all of that and does one better: it gives you a new toy to chew on.
It's easy to dismiss the Intel RealSense camera as a gimmick, yet for photography fans it's a refreshingly new innovation that conjures the type of excitement expected from a fancy new gadget. Figuring out how to use the camera and unlocking its creative capabilities epitomizes the type of high... Full review
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