Dell Venue 8 series 3000: HD on the hoof!

02nd February 2015
Dell Venue 8 series 3000: HD on the hoof!

The Dell Venue 8 is one of very few  phablets with a  full HD screen

People who  invest in a tablet  when they already own a phone and a PC,  expect their purchase to be a jack-of-all-trades.  They demand dual connectivity -- through WiFi as well as 3G. They  want to have basic  office productivity features. And they want the best video and music quality they can get
The latest edition of  Dell's tablet, the Venue 8  model 3840 ,  meets all such expectations handsomely -- and some more.  It is an 8 inch phablet with a slot for a 3G SIM; a generous 16 GB of internal storage (expandable through micro SD)  with 1 GB RAM and a dual core Intel chip running  Android Kitkat 4.4.  There is a 5MP front and 2 MP rear camera.
The icing on the cake is a 1920 by 1200  IPS display which is a shade better even than full HD. The audio is no slouch either --  MaxxAudio Mobile  from Waves  which belts out a loud  70-80 decibels  -- better than most tablets this size.  In tandem with the display, this made for some of the best movie experience I have had on a tablet -- that too just from YouTube.
Dell has thrown in Polaris Office, a free combo of word-excel-PPT clones that worked well enough for me. Your  purchase also entitles you to  store files in Pocket Cloud with  a year's free 20 GB  DropBox.
Dell  has not bothered to add any additional camera software to the default Android app and I think they missed something here. That said, the Dell Venue 8  seems to be excellent value for the  online  price of around  Rs 17,000 against an MRP of Rs 18,999.
Anand Parthasarathy