Dell Venue 8 Pro vs Venue 11 Pro

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by waloshin, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. waloshin, Feb 8, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2014

    waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet any good?

    Any one have one?

    How does the red look in real person?

    How does the Dell Venue Pro 8.1 with a keyboard (Logitech K400 keyboard) compare to the Venue 11 Pro? It seems like the Venue 8 boots windows faster?
  2. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    I recently bought a DV8P from Amazon and tbh it's probably going back. It's pretty cool having an actual tablet that runs W8.1

    Unfortunately the experience quickly falls apart as you are having to deal with touch accuracy issues and I don't think it's so much the hardware that's at fault but rather dealing with a Windows UI jammed into an 8" screen.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the performance both in Metro as well as running Office from the desktop. Everything ran smooth and it was pretty quick while running those programs.
  3. waloshin, Feb 8, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2014

    waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Is the Pro 11 worth about an extra $200? When compared to a Venue 8 Pro with a keyboard and Logitech trackpad?
  4. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    It's probably a better experience if you package an 11" screen along with trackpad and kybd. Dell has an 11.6" laptop on sale with a touchscreen for $349. That might be a better deal. ;)
  5. jacmacattack macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2013
    I bought one in mid-December and agree with Rodster. I've owned numerous iPads and a few Android tablets, including a 2nd gen Nexus 7. Really, I only need a few apps on a tablet. Email, Flipboard, Kindle, a CBZ reader, web browser, Evernote, a PDF reader and occasionally some light Office documents.

    The idea behind Venue 8 Pro was pretty enticing -- a full Windows x86 machine in a great form factor including all the bits of Office that I might use, so I gave it a shot.

    In practice however it was the worst of all the tablet experiences I've encountered.

    WIn 8.1 seems optimized for 10 inch plus, not the Venue 8 Pro's 8 inch screen size, so fonts weren't consistently scalable in Metro apps. This made fonts unbearably small, to me anyhow, and none of the apps besides Internet Explorer let me scale font size.

    Flipboard never worked properly, and was a shadow of what it is on iOS or Android. Metro Evernote has similar problems, with inconsistent performance, and only a faction of features compared to other tablet versions. Win 8 email sort of worked, but eventually I found it so lacking that I resorted using Gmail in the browser, and I couldn't find any adequite replacements. The only really smooth app I found was Adobe Acrobat reader -- best PDF reader I've used on any tablet.

    Basically, the app ecosystem under Windows is so lacking that you're basically stuck with classic Windows applications for any real functionality, including Office apps. And frankly, classic Windows apps on a tablet are awkward at best. In fact, when I bought the tablet, there was a $25 Windows App store credit promotion, and frankly, I couldn't find anything worthwhile to spend the credit on.

    I really really WANTED to like it, but given that I have several tablets to choose from, it was just too awkward overall as a user experience, and it never got used. Right now, when I need a tablet, I end up reaching for the Nexus 7 90% of the time and the Retina iPad the rest of the time.
  6. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    That was the other thing that was disappointing as was mentioned in the previous post, Lack-O-Apps. Absolutely shocking tbh.

    I tried to download Pulse which is one of my favorite news readers. It's no longer available and it was an app I had previously downloaded, wtf MS? So onto my other favorite, Techcrunch. It worked for like 2 hours and then couldn't connect to the internet. Huh? It works on my iPad's and my other Android tablets.

    Tunein Radio another favorite is like the ugly stepchild MS inherited. It has no UI resemblance to that of the iOS and Android counterparts. The desktop UI fonts look amazingly tight and crystal clear but again as mentioned above it comes with a caveat, they are small. So now trying to pull up the notification tray at times is a futile effort.

    Yesterday I downloaded Firefox and wow, it was just like the desktop version. I had several tabs going and when it was time to close any of them, it was impossible. So I literally had to close the entire browser after several tries of trying to hit the X button several times.

    The other problem is when you push the device and it gives back cause it does perform well, the battery runs quite warm and I had to move my hand out of the way.
  7. waloshin, Feb 9, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2014

    waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Anyone have any experience with the Venue Pro 11 as I cannot find many reviews of it.

    Does the Venue 11 Pro have gorillia glass or any type of strengthed glass?

  8. a042349 macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link to other forums on here but Tablet PC Forums has a great deal of information on Windows tablets including lots of discussion about the Dell Venue Pro 11" in the Dell section.

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