When it came to simple activities like checking e-mail and surfing the Web, the Venue 8 consistently performed swiftly and smooth; I rarely had an issue with crashing apps, sluggish behavior, or buggy functionality. Wi-Fi speeds were decently fast for browsing and watching video
The Venue 8 features a 1,280x800-pixel resolution screen, which isn't particularly high or impressive compared with what's out there, but HD video still looked clear and sharp. The 8-inch IPS screen delivers great viewing angles, and colors looked decently vibrant and saturated.
Text on the screen looked sharp and readable, even small text, and the touch screen was responsive. I did, however, occasionally have swipes and gestures go unrecognized.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
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The single speaker, located on the corner of the bottom-right edge, was surprisingly loud. Unfortunately, when listening to it at loud volumes, audio sounded tinny; crashing cymbals sounded harshly unpleasant, and bass-heavy music suffered from distortion. At medium and low volumes the distortion was less audible. Also, for my personal taste, I found the headphone volume set a bit too low.
The Venue 8 features a 2-megapixel shooter on the front and 5-megapixel one in the back. Both cameras produced disappointing photos that were fuzzy, grainy, and dark. You can't choose your focal point, and your customization options are limited to white balance and picture size.
|Tested spec||Dell Venue 8||LG G Pad 8.3||Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0||Google Nexus 7 (2014)|
|Maximum brightness||356 cd/m2||306 cd/m2||395 cd/m2||570 cd/m2|
|Maximum black level||0.43 cd/m2||0.24 cd/m2||0.39 cd/m2||0.44 cd/m2|
|Maximum contrast ratio||828:1||1,275:1||1,012:1||1,295:1|
|Video Battery life (in hours)|
|Dell Venue 8||7.9|
The simplicity of pure Android OS is complementary to the no-frills design of the Venue 8, and when combined with a sub-$200 price tag, it makes for an attractive option. The is another budget Android tablet, but costs $250 and includes an unbecoming, heavily modified operating system.
Other 8-inch tablets, like the $400and the $350 , offer better screens and faster internal specs, but if you don't need upgraded specs, the Venue 8's $179 starting price is a more tempting option.
The Dell Venue 8 is like a wedding singer that meets its audience's basic requirements, but lacks any extra bravado or charisma to truly floor you. Yep, the Venue 8 is no Beyonce, but with a $179 price, fine performance, and a no-frills design, it doesn't have to be. It's a perfectly acceptable and cheaper alternative.