I’m an Android junkie. I’ve had several Android phones (my current phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which I love) and a variety of Android tablets, including the Motorola XOOM (my first tablet), a couple of ASUS Transformers, several Samsung tablets (including the Tab S 8.4 which I liked but returned due to overheating problems), the original Nexus 7, and a 2013 Nexus 7 which I rooted and ran CM11, then returned to stock to get the Lollipop update. Until now, however, none of my Android devices have used an Intel processor, although Intel processors are used in most Windows computers and newer Apple computers. Therefore, when I read that the new Dell Venue 8 7840 was an all-Intel Android tablet that had won the “Best of Innovation” award at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show I quickly placed my order.
As I write this I’ve had the Dell Venue 8 7840 for a little over two weeks and I think it’s the best tablet I’ve owned. I can’t comment on the camera because I think tablets are too large to make good cameras so I use the camera on my Note 4 phone. For me a tablet is primarily a media consumption device; I browse the Web, read books, news and magazines, listen to music, view videos, etc. I’m an older guy with impaired vision and hearing and the 8.4″ 2560 x 1600 OLED display and front-facing stereo speakers and MaxxAudio® by Waves make it easy to see the display and hear the audio without using hearing aids or headphones. Battery life seems good and the battery charges quickly. For those who want to store a lot of music, photos, videos, etc., the tablet can use up to a 512GB micro SD card, although I don’t think a micro SD card that large has yet been developed. I think this is the first Intel-based Android tablet and I expected some glitches; however, my apps have run without problems, although the YouTube app needs to be updated to provide a resolution greater than 720p, and I’m sure the engineers at Dell and Intel are working to get Android Lollipop ready for the Venue 8.
The Dell Venue 8 7840 is a great tablet. Try it, you’ll like it.