Budget 8-inch done right
The Dell Venue 8 is a perfect combination of simplicity and value that is often unfound in budget tablets. It smoothly runs a pure version of Android 4.2.2 and dons a simple, no-frills design.
MicroSD card slot
The Venue 8's internal storage can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.
5-megapixel rear shooter
The Venue 8 has a 5-megapixel rear camera, higher than the Dell Venue 7's, but it still shoots lackluster photos. There are no focus options, and photos come out fuzzy, dark, and grainy.
Crisp HD video
Tablets with superhigh resolutions are trendy, but to meet its budget price, the Venue 8 opts for a lower, less impressive 1,280x800-pixel resolution. Despite being average, the screen has great viewing angles, and color saturation is decently vibrant.
Even though it's pretty light for its size, the Venue 8 has girth. Since the tablet's smooth back panel extends to its rounded corners, it's comfortable to hold in your palm and the extra weight isn't extremely noticeable.
Flushed volume rocker
The Venue 8's Micro-USB port and volume rocker are located on the top-right edge. Unfortunately, the volume rocker is flush with the tablet's edge and is difficult to locate without looking.
Smooth, grippy back
The 8-inch tablet has a comfortable design that features a smooth back panel with a grippy texture and matte finish.
Single bottom speaker
The Venue 8 only has one speaker and it's located on the bottom edge. Its loud volume is impressive, but the screechy distortion that passes as audio isn't.
Venue 7 and Venue 8 tablets
Dell offers the Venue tablets in 7- and 8-inch models and both devices house the same internal specs, aside from their respective cameras.