32GB Ipad Mini Retina ($520CDN) vs the 32GB Dell Venus 8 ($150CDN) I picked up the Dell Venue 8 today, running Android 4.2 (hoping it can run Kit Kat), after I saw the $149 sale price here, it was too good to pass up even just to compare to the mini retina. I have been on the market for an Android tablet after picking up the Nexus 5 phone last week (converted from a POS iphone 4), which I love and I love the Android OS much more than ios. Obviously the first tab to try was the Nexus 7, which I did, but the 7" screen was just too small and I much prefer 8" otherwise if the Nexus 7 was 8" I would have kept it hands down and returned the ipad mini retina a week ago. Comparing the ipad mini retina to the N7, I just didnt see the value in the ipad mini retina, other than the extra $170 to be a gullable isheep. Either the ipad mini retina or Dell Venus 8 will be going back as I only want one 8" tab. Picking this up, I knew it wasnt a high end tablet, and Im not needing a high end tablet. I wanted an Android tab, that runs well and is good value without breaking the bank (*cough cough Apple*). Im still a believer that you dont need to break the bank to own a good quality slate. Also, being able to run more than 3 tabs in Safari with it crashing 3-4 times a day due to a weak 1GB ram offering on the mini, was sooooooooo nice for a change. Packaging on the DV8, is just a barebones cardboard box, which to me is fine. I pay for the product, not the box like Apples luxurious over the top Louis Vutton packaging, that probably weighs in at 10% of the product cost. First impression, nice tab! I really enjoyed the feel, nice and solid build quality. I then powered it on and spent a good 3 hours with it. My overall impressions after 3 hours, is that this tablet is a helluva bargain at $150. $150 for a 32GB full android OS tablet with expandable storage up to 64GB. Honestly, the ipad mini retina feels like a complete rip off in comparison. I could buy almost 4 of these DV8s to one ipad mini retina. For the money, the screen is excellent. Obviously its not a high end screen, but honestly I did a side by side comparison to my mini retina, and yes the mini is sharper but its not a huge difference that will make me say "hey this screen warrants 3.5 times the cost" I would say the DV8 screen is easily on par with the 1st gen mini, if not a bit sharper. Colours were actually more vibrant on the DV8 than the mini, as they were richer and not washed out, also icons are nice and crisp. Better colour saturation on a device that is 25% of the cost of the mini hmmm. Pros: You dont have to break the bank for a 8" slate. Vibrant display for the price; Comfortable soft-touch design. Bang for your buck device. Cons: Older version of Android The Verdict: The mini retina is $370 more than the DV8. Thats 3.5X! Is it worth $370 more? To me, helllllll no! Double the price? Yes, but 3.5X is a complete fleecing. Its a complete waste of hardware and money to have a fancy dancy 64bit CPU if you have 1GB ram. I just feel the DV8 is a much MUCH better value, even saying that is a huge understatment, its not even a comparison. This device just works. Would you buy a $10 banana when theres ones right next to it for $0.79? Exactly. FOr someone who just wants to browse the web, check email, and play the occasional game, and being able to run more than 3 tabs in Safari or Chrome, and not have to constantly monitor my ram usage, this tab is a solid buy. Im actually going to be doing some side by side comparisons in the next day and see how the DV8 keeps up with the mini for games. I know it wont match it, but I just want to see the difference. Like I said, you can have a powerhouse tablet, but if it keeps crashing, what good is it?