Review: Dell Venue 7 tablet

Dell Venue 7 Android TabletA decent option for those looking for a feature-rich tablet at an affordable price.

Dell’s Venue 7 tablet is the answer to today’s requirement to have employees connected from any place and at any time. Often a laptop could be a tad tiresome to carry around, especially when you are only steppin g out for a few hours, say for a meeting. While a smartphone is an ideal option to check and respond to mails while on-the-go, it’s not always convenient for going through a PDF or an Excel document.

The Venue 7 tablet with a 7-inch HD display is quite comfortable and portable to handle while on the move and serves as an adequate screen for editing and viewing MS Office and PDF documents. With a 1280×800 pixel resolution, music videos and skype conversations too were clear enough. But what Dell could have worked on further was the front camera quality. It supports a 3MP rear camera and a VGA resolution front camera which can record 720p video at 30fps. Considering the price, around AED 799 (for the 16GB version), Dell could have slightly upgraded the front camera capabilities. Having said that, it does seem worth the price in all other respects.

Powered with an Intel processor of 2GB RAM, the device was able to withstand multitasking – several word and excel documents were open simultaneously with videos streaming in the background. The 16 GB of built-in storage, expandable to 32GB with a MicroSD card, provides ample amount of space for storing photos, emails, music and videos. Note that the MicroSD card is not included with the device and needs to be purchased separately. If users want to save up on the cost and yet have similar functions of this device, Dell also offers the tablet in the 8GB version, which is available for around AED 499 in the market.
One of the shortcomings of the device provided to review was that it didn’t detect the WiFi signal as strongly as other devices connected to the same network; although it effortlessly paired up with the Bluetooth speakers. In terms of the operating system, it is pretty standard as is with any other Android platform.

The device comes with a power supply, USB cable and a Quick Start guide. Paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, it could also be used as a whole computing device, however because of its small size, this may not be such a comfortable option.

All in all, the Del Venue 7 tablet is an optimal functional device that comes at an affordable price.

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