Tablets Ordered the Dell Venue 8 Pro today

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Scarpad, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Scarpad macrumors 68000

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    It was made available today I watched all the Hands on, and this looks like a fantastic tablet for the money. Ordered the 64gb version with the case and the stylus. It's running full windows 8.1. Also has a Micro SD Card slot and built in 4g radio, you have to add your own sim, all that for $349. The Screen is only 1280x800 but all reports gives top marks for viewing angles and picture. I'll post some impressions when I receive it next week
     
  2. Rangomango macrumors member

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    Keep us updated, very interested in this. Only wish it had hdmi out.
     
  3. Scarpad thread starter macrumors 68000

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    will do , the wireless Keyboard is not available yet, have to get that later.
     
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    It does have a micro usb and I was told you could use a micro USB Display adapter and that there are drivers which will output video out of it.
     
  5. Rangomango macrumors member

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    Oh really? Could you post a link to that article? If it supports mhl then that would be awesome!
     
  6. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    If Windows 8.1 is on it, then it should have display/audio out drivers via micro USB to hdmi. Adaptor should not be needed, unless Dell is forcing mhl standards.

    I have to look, but I would assume you should just need to buy the one cord which has micro USB on one end and HDMI on the other. If Dell was smart, they did not go the proprietary adaptor route.
     
  7. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    You get LTE for $349, wow. I was going to wait to see what other manufacturers offered first, but this Dell looks VERY enticing.
     
  8. Scarpad thread starter macrumors 68000

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    there is a sim slot, now I have an AT+T Sim , and they said it works with AT+T , so I should be able to activate it, but I have heard horror stories about trying to activate tablets not on AT+T's list so we'll see, but I thought 64gb, Full Windows, Stylus support, MicroSD slot, Lte , was a lot of tablet for the money, these have the new quad core Bay Trail processors, so it looks speedy enough, I'm sure Win 8.1 will eat up a lot of the 64gb that's why I didn't go with 32gb.
     
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    I have a Lenovo tablet on AT&T and it was a snap to set up, so you shouldn;t have any issues. Kind of odd, but I'm not seeing the 64gb/LTE model, I only see the $299 one on their site available to customize.
     
  10. Scarpad thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I saw that too, the tech confirmed it has a sim slot

    And the reviews have show it as well
     
  11. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Ahh, let us know when you get it. I'm hesitant to order as they don't advertise the LTE, which worries me.
     
  12. yly3 macrumors 6502

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    WOW ! If .. And only if I can sync my iPod with this baby I'm going to buy it the next second.

    Engagdet says the battery life is between 8-10 hours. Heck, if I get 6-7 out of this baby it should be awesome.

    Since it has full Windows I should be able to sync hard drives and other stuff right ?

    Thanks Dell for making me for the first time wanting to buy a tablet.

    1280x800 in 8" is ok even for today's standards.
     
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    Yep, it functions as a full windows device. Anything you can do on a desktop or laptop you can do on it, including syncing your ipod.
     
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    This is impressive, having trouble finding anything about LTE model as well.
     
  15. yly3 macrumors 6502

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    Awesome ! I like the Lenovo Miix 2 design more but it seems the battery is regarded at 7 hour vs the 10 hour Dell claims.
    Will wait another week for the proper reviews but I am buying this tablet.
    I don't care about 4G anyway, even 3G is fine by my standards, and my phone will be the internet device anyway.

    I will also be getting the 64gb model.

    I am sure the iPad 5 will have faster flash storage, better camera and all that, but I'll have W8.1 in the palm of my hand running at least decently and for just 350$. Can't beat that.
     
  16. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    It's supposed to get LTE, I'm just not sure why they wouldn't advertise it. I'd be hesitant until others receive there tablets. If I get a chance on the way home I'll call Dell and ask.
     
  17. yly3 macrumors 6502

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    Official pics with the cover.
    I love the fact that it covers both sides and that the stylus can be atached to it.
    Just perfect.

    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/PopupProductDetail.aspx?cs=19&l=en&c=us&sku=460-BBHK&price=39.99

    After some digging the Lenovo's tablet doesn't have active digitizer on the display and the before mentioned lower battery life.

    This seals it. I'm gonna get the Dell.
     
  18. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Seems like a great deal especially considering its bay trail and seems to have an ips screen unlike the acer which has terrible view angles.
     
  19. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    I want to get one too, but I have a feeling it will come with less than 10 GB free space, and is 2 GB ram really enough for full blown windows? Are SD cards convenient, or are they just slow flash drives for pictures and not apps?
     
  20. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Yeah 2gb ram is enough for most anything light weight, I mean you are not going to be running full photoshop on an 8" tablet, although you could with fairly small size graphics. Certainly for most "dumb" tablet activities it's more than enough in my experience, and that's with Clovertrail which is it's weaker predecessor.

    Hard drive space, you can delete the windows Recovery partition and regain most of that space back. But I would definitely recommend getting the 64gb version for sure. As for SD cards, I think you can get them pretty huge, larger than the microSD. You can also always use a microSD to SD adapter so you can just buy a microSD and use it in all your devices. I'm not sure about the differences in speed though.
     
  21. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    Office is free, right?

    Have not bought anything with Win 8 yet. Time to look at this one if I can find it at a retailer.
     
  22. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Office 2013 Home and Student is free, yep. That's Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote I believe, no Outlook though.
     
  23. theanimala macrumors 6502

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    Not the same thing, but I just ordered the android based Venue 8 tablet, 32gb for $163. I already have 2 iPads and iPhones, a windows 8 tablet (dell latitude 10) so I've been wanting to play around with Android. Figured at this price it was worth it.
     
  24. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    The tech confirmed? You mean the salesman? At present, they are not offering the LTE model. And when they do, it will be at a higher price.

    Having said that, the tablet looks good. Also, the $349 for 64 gb is a good price. However, the stylus is an extra $34. First, I would like to see more reviews. We'll see...
     
  25. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Yeah I don't think it will have cellular, its probably a dummy slot. OP let us know when you get it.
     

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