Last spring Dell announced their new tablet, the Dell Venue 8 7840 (ad), and I was immediately captivated by it. I wrote this post previewing it. It only recently finally went on sale at Best Buy and online (through Amazon it is currently through secondary sellers only) and I finally got to see it and play with it.
I only had a few minutes so I haven’t fully tested everything about it, but I was left impressed despite my high expectations. Dell certainly didn’t let me down with this tablet. Not only is it absolutely gorgeously designed aesthetically, but it has a beautiful high res display, and the four cameras are awesome.
If you are buying a tablet for a camera (which apparently some people actually do that) then you will want to consider the Dell Venue 8 7840.
The four cameras are located with three on the back and one on the front (see pics). You hold the tablet upside down to take pictures. The cameras work together to focus on things, and they also can measure stuff which is a new feature Dell has been pushing pretty hard. The tablet gallery includes some editing and effects software. You also can sort your galleries by date, location, face-tagging, and album.
The Dell Venue 8 7840 has a 8.4-inch OLED display at a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. That’s a 16:10 aspect ratio with around 359 pixels per inch. That makes this display a super high resolution, which I’ve read can actually be an issue when viewing some images and it can make stuff hard to read. From my short time with the tablet, I thought it looked great. Certainly better than a lot of other Android tablets.
That brings us to the software. This is an Android tablet, but it isn’t running Lollipop. Instead, it runs Android 4.4 KitKat. There also is no update to Lollipop on the way anytime soon, or at least that we know about.
The Venue 8 7840 (terrible name) comes with a bunch of apps already on it, including a “My Dell” app that tells you a bunch of info about your tablet all in one place. There are also diagnostics and 10 checks that can be performed inside that app.
I think this is a great tablet that is priced appropriately and has the features and capabilities you’d expect at that price range. I still prefer the iPad Air 2 for general use (I mean, come on, it’s the best) but this tablet at least has caught my eye with its gorgeous design and amazing cameras. The camera measuring thing is cool, and I love that it is so thin (6 mm which makes it one of the thinnest tablet out there). The bad features are that it won’t be able to update to Lollipop and so is running KitKat (which really isn’t that bad). The lack of storage also could be an issue, but they do have removable storage.
I would suggest anyone looking for a tablet for taking pictures consider the Dell Venue 8 7840 (ad). Otherwise I think there are better options out there. It is still gorgeous and interesting, but maybe not worth the purchase.
Dell Venue 8 7840 Tablet
- Gorgeous and Super Thin at 6 mm.
- 4 cameras, good focusing, nice gallery, and it can measure stuff!
- Intel Atom processor (this device seems like an intel show piece).
- Android 4.4 KitKat and no Lollipop update in sight.
- Lack of storage, but you can add removable storage.
- Thumbs cover speakers often.