Excerpt: The Dell Venue 7 Android tablet sounds like a good idea on paper, but a nice piece of hardware with a good price for a 7-inch Android tablet gets hampered by sluggish performance, even after a much-needed firmware update that improved things a little.
Conclusion: For a budget-priced tablet, the Dell Venue 7 looks, feels, and sounds quite good—and the rear-facing camera can produce attractive photos as well, something many budget slates can’t do. We also appreciate the MicroSD card slot and the fact that the tablet runs a modern version of Android that’s mostly free of bloat or annoying OS tweaks. But the tablet’s 1GB of RAM holds it back from performing as well as we’d like, especially when doing more than one task at once.
Pros: Light and comfortable to hold, Stock Android 4.4, Good battery life, MicroSD card slot
Cons: Only 1GB of RAM makes for sluggish multitasking, Severe performance problems, Strange button and port layout, Single speaker
Summary: For $160, the Dell Venue 7 offers solid performance and audio, a bright display and strong battery life, making it an excellent option for those looking for an affordable 7-inch Android tablet. The $150 ASUS MeMO Pad 7 is more powerful and has a slick Zen UI interface, but it doesn't last as long on a charge. You can't go wrong with either 7-inch tablet, but when it comes to endurance, the Venue 7 gets the edge.
Summary: Light-shunning LTE slate. Dell launches a balanced, 7-inch tablet that is based on a current Atom processor from the Merrifield generation and Google's Android 4.4 KitKat, dubbed Venue 7 LTE, on the market. Its brightness and speakers are the biggest points of criticism. However, it does a good job otherwise.
Pros: High graphics power, Expandable storage, High-speed LTE, ac-WiFi, 20 GB Dropbox storage (one year), Long battery runtimes and a decent performance. Besides that, cutting-edge communication modules are installed.
Cons: Pressure sensitive display bezel, Few sensors, No App2SD support, Weak speakers, A slightly higher brightness and more homogeneous illumination would have certainly contributed to the otherwise great screen.
Summary: The $149 Dell Venue 7 provides a solid Android experience for an aggressive price. The lightweight tablet holds up well for gaming and video streaming, and the included PocketCloud app adds a nice dash of productivity. We also like the soft-touch back. However, this Intel-powered device offers mixed performance, and it doesn't last as long on a charge as top competitors.
Excerpt: Dell Venue 7 is a mid-end Android tablet with a 7-inch 1280x800 pixels screen, Intel Atom Z2560 chip clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, 3.2-megapixel rear and VGA front cameras, and 16GB of expandable storage.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port