Performance: System and Battery Life
Though it paced in the middle of the pack throughout the majority of benchmark modules, the Dell Venue 8 took the top spot in Antutu for the overall score, beating out some heavy hitters. It's GPU 3D performance was especially solid, along with the CPU and RAM.
Next up we have some tests with MobileXPRT. Mobile XPRT is an Android benchmark that measures performance in five scenarios -- applying photo effects, creating photo collages, slideshows, encrypting data, and facial detection. In the table below, the top line is the total score, while the individual tests are listed in time-to-complete. Higher scores are better in the Overall Score, while lower scores represent faster times to complete the tests in the detail below it. In the User Experience section (the bottom half of the table), however, things are reversed. Higher scores indicate better performance.
The same thing occurred in Mobile XPRT -- the Venue 8 7000 surprisingly vaulted to the top spot with an overall score of 441, though the user experience score of 98 was slightly behind the SHIELD and Galaxy S5 Sport.
Testing for battery life is always a tricky affair -- there are several factors that can affect how long a tablet stays running, not the least of which is how you use it. With that in mind, we test battery life by setting the display to 50 percent brightness and repeatedly loading a webpage at set intervals. Here's how that went for the Dell Venue 8 7000:
Compared to other tablets we've tested, the Venue 8 7000 doesn't look as impressive -- Dell clearly sacrificed a bit of battery life for a thinner profile, though at over nine hours on a single charge, we're not overly critical of that decision at all.