Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8 Do Windows and Android

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Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8 Do Windows and AndroidDell has something for everyone with its Venue 8 tablets, which come in both Android and Windows 8.1 flavors. The Venue 8 is the Android-based model, while the Venue 8 Pro runs the full version of Windows 8.1. Dell isn’t the first to put Windows 8.1 in an 8-inch form factor, but the field is still relatively new and small, so the Venue 8 Pro has been getting a fair share of attention. We checked out both models to see how they compare to each other and their competition...

Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8 Do Windows and Android

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That's surprisingly affordable. Whoa

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Dave_HH replied on Wed, Jan 15 2014 3:04 PM

Agreed... these are solid devices for the dollar and I'm willing to be the 8 Pro will come down a touch over time.

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basroil3 replied on Wed, Jan 15 2014 9:42 PM

Who would have figured that Windows 8 was a much more efficient OS than Android? The 15.5Wh battery in the Android tablet (using a 2.4W average processor) lasts half as much as the 18Wh battery in the Windows one (also 2.4W according to z3740 specs), making Windows 80% more efficient. Hurry-up-and-wait effect from the faster chip probably helped, but it still means that W8.1 is pretty impressive performance per watt wise.

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HanyangXu replied on Thu, Jan 16 2014 9:08 AM

I recently dumped my old Nexus 7 2012 for a Venue 8 Pro. Having a Windows 8.1 tablet means there are quite a few apps that aren't available, but 100% working flash and MS Office preloaded completely makes up for it.

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basroil2 replied on Thu, Jan 16 2014 3:46 PM

Install bluestacks on it and you'll have all the android apps on top of the millions of applications (the big boy equivalent) that exist for Windows.

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WadeKempf replied on Thu, Feb 27 2014 2:23 PM

This looks awesome since it runs full Windows 8. One CON that I see and have read elsewhere is that with 1 USB port you can't connect a dock or peripheral and charge the Venue at the same time.

I'm not trying to Spam and I just thought I would share in case others have run into this same issue.

I found this link - http://kck.st/1fIi06H for a device that simply connects between your charger and tablet. The device lets you charge (at full rate) and gives you an extra USB port to connect a dock, hub, or whatever peripheral you want. Like I said, I'm not affiliated with this project or trying to Spam but it sure sounds like a good solution for the Venue 8's port shortcomings.

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WadeKempf replied on Sat, Mar 15 2014 7:56 PM

Full USB and Charging at the same time...

This looks awesome since it runs full Windows 8. One CON that I see and have read elsewhere is that you can't connect a dock or peripheral and charge the Venue at the same time.

I wasn't going to buy it because of the charging/docking issue but yesterday I found this link - http://kck.st/1fIi06H for a device that simply connects between your charger and tablet. The device lets you charge (at full rate) and gives you an extra USB port to connect a dock, hub, or whatever peripheral you want. I'm going to pre-order one. I just thought I would share in case others have run into this same issue.

+port plus port

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