by March 30, 2014 0 comments

With the tablet space picking up its pace it was obvious that major PC brands like Dell and HP angle their focus towards the rise of smart devices. Dell launched its Venue 7 tablet in the country and it is highly expected that the company continues to offer its devices with same panache.

Dell Venue 7 as the name suggest comes in a 7 inch 1280×800 pixels display form factor and caters to budget conscious users in the country. Packed with Intel Atom chipset and 2 GB RAM, Venue 7 is fitted with 3 MP rear and 0.3 MP front cameras. Loaded with 16 GB expandable storage (12 GB usable), the slate gets backed up by 4100 mAh battery.

Simple looks and finish
The tablet is covered by display at the front and you have a nice looking matte finish at the back which can be highly prone to smudges. The display colors are quite decent for its price and no problems with viewing angles also. The tablet has a simple look to it but ably looks sturdy with regards to other devices in this segment. Dell has definitely taken care of ergonomics with Venue 7 which is clearly visible while holding the slate in one hand and much to our surprise it’s not really that bulky to carry around weighing 234 grams which is one of the lightest in the market.

Not lightening fast but not bad either
The tablet’s performance is facilitated by the Atom chipset clubbed with 2 GB RAM which also is not a common sight on tablets that cost less than Rs 12K. We tried out few games like Subway Surfer, Asphalt 8, Nova 3 on the tablet and except a few lags while playing heavy games like Asphalt, it came through to satisfy us. The in-built audio speakers need a special mention here and just like the Lenovo A1000, we liked what the Venue 7 offers. Good clarity and sound quality makes listening music a good experience. However, both the cameras left us disappointed and unless you manage to light up the room the visibility is quite mediocre. You might manage with video calls but the rear snapper is not much profuse.

In terms of battery life on Venue 7, it ran our standard battery test (HD movies on Wi-Fi at full brightness) for over 4 hours which in real time usage tends to deliver about 6 -7 hours life. Not bad for a tablet but Venue 7 has a SIM model also and for a calling device it falls short.

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