I was looking for a reading device for a while now…my Mom’s kindle impressed me a lot. Kindle – almost a perfect reading device. I was looking at the paperwhite which is almost 11K and then I was caught in two minds since a e-book reader can’t handle the casual web browsing, gaming etc… And a 7″ tablet was too small and 10″ incher too big…so when I found a deal for Dell Venue 8 (3830) for 8K I grabbed one….
First and foremost, it’s a average looking Tab with a black soft matte finish. he bezels around the screen were not too thick so look wise it’s good and the build quality as solid. It’s official dimension being 212 x 130 x 9.8 mm and weighing 292 grams. The 8″ IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (189 ppi) is nice and bright to look at. The color reproduction and text crispness is good enough at this price.
Secondly,what is ticking inside the Venue 8 is a Intel Atom Z2580 Dual core processor clocked @ 2Ghz with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB built-in storage and expandable via Micro-SD card.It came pre-loaded with 4.2 Android jelly bean and after some initial struggles I was able to officially update to Android 4.4.2 kitkat. The User interface was almost vanilla android with 1 or 2 dell’s own software included. The UI was pretty breezy and I was able to perform daily tasks like browsing, playing videos, reading books and some gaming without any stutter or lags.
And finally a 4100 mAh battery was able to provide me 3-4 days standby time with e-book reading, browsing and gaming. Connectivity is a via USB, Wifi, bluetooth and the USB has OTG capability so that’s a bonus for transferring files.
All in all it’s a good enough tab not too small not too big with enough power for reading, browsing and casual gaming. You may call it a “JACK OF TAB’s” ….