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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Simple 7-incher

Girthy profile

IPS screen with great angles

Flushed rocker

Dell Venue 7 and 8

Single speaker

The Dell Venue 7 offers a no-frills design, smooth performance, and pure Android 4.2.2 OS for a budget starting price of $149.
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Even though it's pretty lightweight, the Venue 7 has a thicker profile than some of the top 7-inch tablets. The inclusion of a microSD card expansion slot is always a plus.
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The Venue 7 boasts a mediocre 1,280x800-pixel-resolution IPS screen with great viewing angles. It isn't the highest resolution, but it looks sharp when displaying HD video and text.
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The volume rocker is flush with the left edge of the tablet (if holding in portrait orientation) and isn't easily found without taking a look to see where it is.
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The Dell Venue tablets come in both a 7- and 8-inch form factor. Aside from camera specs, they're internally identical.
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There's only one speaker on the Venue 7 tablet, and it's located on the bottom edge. It goes pretty loud, but suffers from distortion when pushed to its limits.
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