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Dell Venue Pro 8 8in., 32GB Tablet

Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet

Item: 317912    Model: BELL8-Pro81

Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet
4.5stars
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  • 8" HD WXGA Multi-Touch Display
  • 32GB Storage Capacity, 2GB MemoryDDR3L-RS, 1600MHz
  • Windows 8.1
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Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet
 
4.3

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (54)
  • Well built / quality (26)
  • Easy to set up (24)
  • Efficient (23)
  • Reliable (20)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (4)
  • Hard to use (4)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (34)
  • Organization (17)
  • Entertainment (14)
  • Travel (10)
  • Presentations (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (25), Budget shopper (10), High-end shopper (8), Tech savvy (6), Education oriented (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (37), Business (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (62), Yes (6)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

It's Almost There...

I received a Kindle Fire HDX as a gift from my employer, but hated the crippled Android OS Amazon installs on the Kindle. I was also in need of a budget Windows computer to...Read complete review

I received a Kindle Fire HDX as a gift from my employer, but hated the crippled Android OS Amazon installs on the Kindle. I was also in need of a budget Windows computer to run Naza GPS software for my DJI Phantom Quadcopter. I was talking to the tech guy at my local Staples and he mentioned the Dell Venue 8 Pro. Originally I had hoped to score a decent deal on a laptop, but for the price, figured this little Windows tablet would better suit me than the Kindle Fire HDX, so I made the exchange.

The best thing about this tablet versus RT tablets is that it runs full Windows applications. I'm able to run my Naza Assistant software to calibrate the GPS and compass on my quadcopter out in the field, which is a huge bonus. Other tablets and RT computers don't have this functionality as they are crippled by the inability to run full applications (they are only able to run apps from the Microsoft App Store).

This tablet features the full Windows 8.1 OS experience, which I have come to enjoy. It is fluid and intuitive on the touch screen and I am able to navigate the device with ease.

I like the tiles for organization and also like the fact that I can switch to a standard Desktop view or Windows Explorer for deeper browsing or organization of files and folders. The ability to connect a wireless mouse and keyboard make this even easier.

I purchased a few Micro USB to USB cables so that I could run full USB devices on the tablet (ie, flash drive, keyboard/mouse, quadcopter, etc.). This feature alone ALMOST makes this tablet a substitute for a small laptop.

The device is sufficiently powered for standard computer needs such as email, internet browsing, word processing (although this is an ugly process on the touchscreen keyboard) and general use. I probably wouldn't try to run Photoshop on this, but running applications like Office, iTunes and Internet Explorer is really nice.

The expandable storage is a nice feature and is definitely required. Unfortunately, one of the areas where this tablet lacks is the built-in storage. Windows 8.1 and the pre-installed apps takes up a significant portion of the internal 32GB of storage leaving VERY little room for additional apps. What is worse is that you can't run apps from the expandable storage, nor can you run Windows from the expandable storage. Essentially, it's only good for music, movies and files (PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Spreadsheets, etc.). If Windows would let you select where apps are installed and run from, they'd have a real winner on their hands with this device. But, the limited storage makes for an extremely frustrating experience as there are apps that I would like to have, but don't have the room for. I think Windows RT takes up a lot less space, but that comes at a cost of not being able to run full applications.

My advice would be to remove anything you don't want and be selective about what you install. There are some native apps for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, eBay and the like that run well, but you could conserve precious disk space by accessing these via Internet Explorer instead of via the apps, leaving room for other apps that you may want to install.

I haven't used the camera on this device for anything other than a simple test shot, but it was uninspiring and flat. It does feature a front-facing camera for Skype should you want to communicate via the app with both audio and video.

Also, this device will not charge via a USB port, powered or not. It trickle charges, but I found that it will eventually just fizzle out at this rate, especially if using it while this is happening. Further, it takes an insanely long time (hours) to fully charge the battery. And, speaking of the battery, while it lasts a while (I can get through a couple of days of heavy usage on a full charge), it gets extremely hot. The device actually becomes a little uncomfortable to hold at times, especially while watching movies via Netflix or browsing the web heavily.

I wouldn't want to write a long email or proposal on this as the onscreen keyboard leaves a lot to be desired. It's a bit awkward and lacks some basic functions that you need to tap multiple times to access (punctuation, namely). If you were going to use this to type a Word document or communicate via email a lot, you'll want to invest in a USB or Bluetooth keyboard and possibly a mouse.

All-in-all, this device is nearly there. It's a full Windows machine in the form of a tablet. However, the poor on-screen keyboard, lack of storage customization and slow charging are all things to consider. Because of these things, I wouldn't recommend this as a full computer replacement, but it would be a nice travel device, especially paired with a nice Bluetooth keyboard. One other thing to note is the lack of accessories. There are very few cases and the one Dell makes is expensive (roughly $40 for a simple folio-style case). I think once accessories are more readily available and the keyboard and text-input features are perfected, Dell will have a very compelling device on their hands that will raise the eyebrows of even the most tech-conscious buyers. For me, this performs flawlessly in the field for my RC aviation needs. If it did nothing else right, I'd still give it 4 stars as it fits a very specific need (portable NAZA GPS software). The rest is just icing on the cake.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Some problems

After easy set up, I found the Dell Venue 8 Pro (Windows 8.1) pleasant to use. I enjoyed it for a couple of days, but was disappointed by two things:Read complete review

After easy set up, I found the Dell Venue 8 Pro (Windows 8.1) pleasant to use. I enjoyed it for a couple of days, but was disappointed by two things:

1. The active stylus which is mentioned as an option for this tablet is nowhere to be found on the Dell website. (I found the stylus on my old Samsung tablet to make it much easier to work many websites which are otherwise a challenge on a small screen.) I'm not sure whether the stylus has been permanently discontinued because of problems described in many reviews or whether a fix is in progress. It would be nice if Dell would say.

2. Windows 8.1 on this device has been unsatisfactory for me. After working fine for the first few days, it is now useless: The tiles no longer activate any apps. That makes the distinctive Windows 8.1 screen utterly useless. Searching on the internet, I find others with the same experience (in connection with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1). Fixes are suggested, but I haven't tried them yet. It irks me to have to spend hours trying to get things to work.

So...the hardware seems nice. When Windows 8.1 was working, I found the device useful. But the OS doesn't operate for me on this device after less than a week. That's really annoying.

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5.0

Great product

By Mommyof3

from TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet:

I bought this product to do business stuff with more so because of the price and it had the Microsoft Office and Student edition. I am still trying to figure out how to use it. It has the normal tablet screen and it also has a desktop version. They both have there own separate internet exlplorer so it's sorta like you have two computers in one.

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4.0

Dell Venue Pro 8

By tami7008

from Tucson, AZ

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet:

The Dell Venue has performed as described. I have not worked on it that much due just yet but the set up was very intuitive and since I have a Dell Laptop with windows, it was easy to manuver around. I am still learining all of the capabilities and enjoy exploring the program.
Thank you.

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4.0

The most useful tablet i've used so far

By iNexxFear

from Berkshire County, Massachusetts

Verified Buyer

Comments about Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet:

After using Android tablets, iPad and now the venue pro I have to say its the most useful on the go. While the only thing I wish is that it had more space internally to install store apps where else are you going to get a tablet that has a fully functional word and excel app and the familiarity along with availability to run all your PC apps?

Its great for definitely those that want more. Unfortunately missing your common iPad or android apps, you can run flash so if on facebook still there. If you are needing to read a book and have amazon books, your in luck a windows store is there for that too! Just some of those special iBook functions are all that you removed.

If the internal space is not enough but you buy a microsd card some of your windows apps can be installed there and your data. So lots of expandability with certain limitations. I'm pretty pleased overall with the device and would recommend to my friends

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4.0

Great for Reading & Misc

By Retired & volunteering

from SD

Verified Buyer

Comments about Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet:

I purchased my tablet a few weeks ago and really like it. Downloading library eBooks and reading them is quick & simple.
Having access to the internet and office applications is great too. I don't need to crank up my laptop every time I want to check on things.
This is much better than having a smart phone and trying to read and navigate on that smell screen. In addition I can save money using my phone only for calls.

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5.0

Excellent Tablet

By Tanya

from Albany, Ga

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Dell Venue Pro 8 8", 32GB Tablet:

Very nice table for business or personal use.
Graphics are great and find it user friendly.
Great buy.

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