Dell Venue 7 Android Slate: Refreshingly Simple

November 15, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The smartphone revolution has majorly impacted some very dominant PC producers. But of them, Dell always struggled for a space in the mobile market.

Dell has been into the production of new Android and Windows tablets, which aims at providing the consumers with an option for low-cost touch screen devices.

From a review of the new Venue 7 Android slate, this is what we come to know of the new device.

Taking into account the earlier Venue family designs you get to know that Dell’s approach has been rather traditional in this regard.

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Nothing about the device strikes you as unique. Like its predecessors, Venue 7 and Venue 8, which was released back in October, it comes with a solid build quality. Its plastic back is not as grippy as we would like it to be but it is not slippery too.

It does come with a smooth finish that feels tough when you touch. In all we can certainly conclude that it is built to stand a bit of abuses.

The display is 1200 X 800, and is nothing new. It also comes with a good bright output, along with viewing angles enabled by its IPS technology that will appease most consumers and also enterprise consumers looking for a budget friendly option. The colors that go into the phone look a bit dull, but most probably one won’t use the latest graphics-intensive Android on this device.

Again, when it comes to performance, there is nothing new with the device. It comes with a 1.6GHz Atom processor from Intel. As Intel is still keen on gaining leverage in the mobile computing space, we know that the processor handled Android 4.2.2 acceptably.

It is equally speedy in page transitions. Though, it will take a while before anyone delivers a final verdict on it.

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What will surprise everyone about Venue 7 is how well its exterior aesthetics are designed. It is designed with minimal use of previously installed software. Android homescreen looked absolutely different when we saw the first of the Venue series.

It was a single widget for controls and icons for just three other apps visible outside of the main row. This is indeed a refreshing change when you compare it with the tendency

Android makers have to overload their home screens with in-house apps. Dell wasn’t running just Android on the Venue when it first started. The manufacturer seems serious about this being a device with no-nonsense so takes on its device only very little of additional skin.

Though you can’t call Venue a “plain” tablet, it certainly is refreshingly simple. The designs do go hand in hand with the company’s enterprise-oriented mission.

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