Your next thin tablet has just been released. It’s a Dell, so you can be pretty sure about the quality. It’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect, and then some. It’s also an award-winner, taking the prestigious Best of Innovation title at CES 2015. IF you’re looking for a new tablet, this is one I highly recommend you consider. Let’s pop the top and take a look under the hood and see what makes it tick, shall we?
Introducing the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Tablets
Dell’s fortunes (and product quality) have been pretty much reminiscent of a roller coaster ride for about the last decade. When Michael Dell first created the company, they regularly came out with products that ranked extremely high with reviewers, both for quality, capability, and price. They’ve recently spread their wings and ventured into the tablet market.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 is their newest entry into this market segment and it looks to me like a product that will end up giving the Samsung product line a serious run for their money. The first thing you notice when you pick up and power up this device is the 8.4 inch display which is a little small for my eyes to like when reading. However, the 2560 X 1600 Organic LED (OLED) infinity display more than makes up for that with its clarity and brilliance.
Let’s Look at Some Design Features
I’m one of those that, within limits, feels that function should be more important than form. It should work at least as good as it looks, if not preferably better. The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series fits that description, but it also looks great. It’s got an impressive machined aluminum case, is only six mm thick, and the audio and video are without a doubt, at the top of the market. Front- firing instead of side-firing speakers by MaxxAudio are used to deliver stunning sound, while the display mentioned above is simply spectacular.
Design features aren’t simply hardware stats, though. They’re also some of the extras that the manufacturer builds in or adds. For example, Dell Cast lets you turn any image into a background and share your tablet display with your TV. There’s also the capability to plug your mouse and keyboard in and use it similar to a laptop or desktop computer.
Looking at the Nitty-Gritty of This Fabulously Thin Tablet
This thin tablet from Dell has some pretty impressive specs, too. For example, the Intel Quad-Core Atom processor lets you experience browsing speeds that resemble laptops and desktops, and also gives the ability to have multiple browser windows open at the same time. Android 4.4 KitKat is pre-loaded, so users will have an immersive computing experience with enhanced voice recognition and more.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 series processor is the Intel Atom Quad-Core running at 2.3Ghz, which rivals most newer computers for speed. It’s got two Gigs of RAM for running programs and 16 Gigs for data storage-expandable to 512GB with micro-SD storage. It is, however, one of the few tablets from major brands that doesn’t support cellular service. Connectivity options are what you’d expect, except instead of 802.11n Wi-Fi, buyers get the newest Wireless AC which means lightning fast Internet speeds with a compatible router. It’s also got the newest Bluetooth 4.0.
The Photographic Capabilities Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind
Amateur photography and sharing of photographs is huge these days; just look at Pinterest, Facebook, or any other social media and you’ll see what I mean. Knowing this, Dell engineers designed the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series tablets with killer photography in mind. For those that like to video chat, there’s an excellent two MP camera on the front.
The killer camera is on the back, but hearing that it’s an eight MP camera might be somewhat misleading. This camera however is an Intel RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera. Yeah, that’s a fancy of way of saying “this thing has a stereoscopic 3D camera for depth perception enhancement in photographs.” Yes, I said that a tablet has been equipped with a full 3D camera and it’s actually quite affordable at about 400 bucks.
Don’t Forget the Image/Photography Software!
Looking through the list of what the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet comes pre-loaded with made me think it was designed for professional photographers and would be expensive. It’s not. Professional snappers may have had something to do with the software selection and capabilities, but this tablet is quite affordable.
I can basically only barely touch on the surface of the capabilities of the photography-related software
That comes pre-loaded on this thin tablet from Dell. Combining the capabilities of the 3D camera with the Dell Gallery software package can transform you from someone that likes to take pictures into someone that is capable of taking snapshots that rival professional quality. Looking through what the software can do, all I can say is “Wow.”
If you’re into photography like I am and are in need of a new tablet, you at least need to head over to your local retailer and play with this super thin tablet for a little while. You won’t be disappointed. After you do, come back and let me know what you think in the comments below.