Not long ago if I was asked what Android tablet somebody should buy, my answer would’ve been:
- The Sony Xperia Tablet Compact, but if you can’t afford that then;
- The Google Nexus 9 will fulfill your every need.
I even included these two devices in my best tablets you can buy post. But another tablet is worth considering if you want to venture away from the norm- the Dell Venue 8 7000, which I’ll be honest about and say that I hadn’t played with up until one week ago.
You see a friend bought one of these tablets and asked me what I thought of it two weeks ago. Surprisingly, I had nothing to say – this tablet managed to dodge my awareness completely. I didn’t even know it existed. Which is strange, because I like to think I’m clued up with all product launches – especially those in the tablet market. So here’s my thoughts:
The Dell Venue 8 7000 is a solid 8.4″ Android tablet.
The Dell Venue 8 7000 has a rubbish name. Sorry, but it does. It isn’t going to catch on like ‘iPad’ or ‘Nexus’ and at least the name ‘Xperia’ gives away the fact that Sony makes it. ‘Venue’ and ‘7000’ don’t mean much at all, and I’d be surprised if it meant much at all to your sales assistant in Curry’s.
But name aside, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a solid 8.4″ Android tablet.
It boasts an 8.4-inch OLED Display with FHD (2560×1600) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch, 2GB LP DDR3 RAM, Intel® HD Graphics (Imagination PowerVR G6430), 16GB storage, front 2MP and rear 8MP cameras, Micro-SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, supporting up to 512GB), Intel Atom Processor Z3580 (up to 2.3GHz Quad Core) and it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat (according to Dell’s website) out of the box but UK versions ship with Android Lollipop out of the box.
It’s fast and capable, and the display is gorgeous and responsive. But what struck me most about this tablet was the build quality – the aluminium frame and glass display really do feel lovely to hold and use for prolonged periods of time and the overall quality rivals that of the iPad and the Sony Xperia Tablet Compact. It helps also that it’s 6.0mm thin and just over half-a-pound light, too, because any 8-inch+ tablet that’s too much of a handful is an automatic fail in my book.
My time with the Dell flows well with other people’s time with it. Just take a look:
The 7840 is a fantastic device with a sweet-looking design, slim profile, and no deal-breaking drawbacks. – Gizmodo.
There’s no doubt about it: the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a surprisingly unique and solid Android tablet. – The Verge.
The only downside to this tablet that I can see is that it’s limited to 16GB of onboard storage – not an issue you might think what with all of the cloud services available and the Micro-SD Card Reader, but it’s a downside none-the-less. Still, it’s no deal-breaker.
It’s fast and capable, and the display is gorgeous and responsive.
If somebody asked me today what Android tablet they should buy, I would say:
- The Sony Xperia Tablet Compact, but equally as good is;
- The Dell Venue 8 7000, but if you want to spend less go for;
- The Google Nexus 9.
I strongly recommend you have a play with one of these tablets. They’re very good.