A Review of the Dell Venue 7 Tablet Powered by Intel
A Review of the Dell Venue 7 Tablet
If you’re looking for a small Android tablet, some call it ‘pocket sized,’ that’s under $200, and in some cases less than $150, the Dell Venue 7 may be just right for you. It comes with the standard features of a front and rear facing camera, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot, and more, but how does it perform? Let’s consider that, as well as what it does, and / or doesn’t do to decide if it’s the budget friendly Android tablet you’re looking for.
The Dell Venue 7 and the Venue 8 are nearly identical in design, the 7 and 8 stand for the inches of the tablet, so of course with the 8 you’re getting a slightly bigger tablet. Seeing them both side by side I prefer the 7, but it’s very much a matter of preference. The Venue 7 fits perfectly in my hand and is very easy to carry around. It comes in matte black.
The Venue 7 measures 7.6 x 4.65 by .38 inches (HWD) and is less than a pound with a total weight of just 11 ounces. It has a 7 inch IPS LCD screen with 1,280 x 800 resolution and includes a front and rear facing camera. I found the screen resolution to be easy on the eyes, and nice to look at, with good color saturation.
On the bottom you’ll find the microphone and speaker, on the top is the headphone jack and power button, and on the sides you have a microSD card port, volume buttons and the battery charger. The battery lasted for me around 8 hours with a lot of use while testing it. The speaker isn’t very loud, but it’s appropriate for a small tablet and sound was fine. I found the microphone to work well too, even great, with the voice recognition (using it with Google) to search the internet.
Connectivity and Performance
The Dell Venue 7 comes with the normal connectivity options that most tablets have, which include Bluetooth 4.0, Micro -AB USB 2.0, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and GPS. I was able to easily connect it to my Wi-Fi, some Bluetooth components and use the GPS.
As far as performance you get a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor that was just released earlier this year, and comes with 2GB of RAM. I found it to be quick and responsive with the use of any app, even multimedia apps. I had no issues with performance or responsiveness.
The operating system is Android 4.2.2 and you have 16GB of internal storage. If you fill up the internal storage, you can use microSD cards up to 64GB. That’s more than many tablets allow. You can see which apps are using up the most memory by going to Settings. You could then get rid of what you don’t need. You can also access anything you need on your tablet with the included Dell PocketCloud.
Features and Options
Apps: The Dell Venue 7 is pre-loaded with many apps. I found there was very little that you would have to download, but if you do need another app there’s still room left in the internal storage for you to add them, or you can of course use your memory card to help with any memory issues. You could also keep things that take up a lot of room, like images, saved to your Google account in the Cloud.
Camera and Video: The camera is a 3-megapixel front and rear facing camera. I would say that the quality of the pictures are “okay” but it’s definitely not what you would want to use as your camera for special events. If it’s a quick and fun shot of your cats playing or using it as a video to capture a quick funny thing your child is doing, that’s fine, otherwise I would recommend using a better camera if you’re wanting good quality images that you can reprint later. The video records at 720p, and has no HDMI setting.
There are some nice editing options that come with the camera in the Photo settings, such as cropping, changing colors, or picking from a variety of different features that allow you to manipulate the images in several ways. It can sharpen the image and correct some image quality issues as well.
TouchScreen and Keyboard: The touch screen was responsive, mostly. It swipes easily and is responsive to touch when clicking to open an app or moving things in a drag and drop motion. The only time I experienced any issue with the touch screen was when at times in a search box or while typing you have to click a few times to get your cursor to react. This happens occasionally as well on a few other things that you need to click on, but it’s not a major issue and doesn’t happen that often.
The keyboard is easy to use and has word corrections that will pop up a the top of the keyboard. You can click on the word to add it, making typing faster, or ignore it and continue typing. The keyboard is responsive, but my fingers are not as good. I have the same issue with just about any keyboard on a touch screen tablet, so it’s not so much the tablet as it is my inability to click on the right letter just right.
Settings: You have many options in settings to work with. You can go through them to optimize the tablet so that it works at its best for you. I found that the default settings work just fine though and only had to adjust how long the tablet stayed on before powering off without use. I increased it to 2 minutes, I believe it was set to 1 minute.
For a tablet that can be found in many stores for less than $150, including online at Amazon, the Dell Venue 7 is a great tablet. In fact, I have used some Android tablets that are more in the $200 range and I found that this little tablet performed much better than they did. I like the size as it’s perfect for sitting in your chair and reading the news (news app keeps you updated with the latest news), magazines or books, or for using as a GPS in the car.
It’s fun to use, easy to carry and fits great in a purse or just to carry around. It’s also great in the kitchen when using it to find recipes, just use a little picture frame holder from the dollar store, or get a tablet holder, and it props up great on the counter.
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