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  1. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    This has bay trail, great design, and more. Do you think this is the best 8 inch windows tablet? Or the toshiba encore?
    Last edited by unstoppablekem; 10-17-2013 at 11:25 PM.
    10-09-2013 10:20 AM
  2. hcrick's Avatar
    Which one are you talking about?
    10-09-2013 10:36 AM
  3. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    Which one are you talking about?
    This thread is about the Dell Venue 8 Pro. So I'm talking about the Dell Venue 8 Pro.
    10-09-2013 01:36 PM
  4. Jnbs's Avatar
    This have clover trail, great design, and more. Do you think this is the best 8 inch windows tablet? Or the toshiba encore?
    I think so.. Its slimmer, faster and better than other 8 inch tablets.. I'll give it to Dell for now.. However, in a few months Lenovo will bring something better. A more affordable yoga..
    10-09-2013 01:45 PM
  5. hcrick's Avatar
    Yes, realized that after I posted, sorry.

    Not enough details on the Toshiba yet. It's heavier 1.1lbs while the Dell is a very comfortable 0.87lbs. Could be a difference in build quality and/or battery capacity, we'll have to see. Basically picking blind right now but of the two I'd lean towards VP8, at least until the Surface Mini arrives.
    10-09-2013 01:53 PM
  6. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    You think the surface mini will arrive by the holiday season?
    10-09-2013 09:38 PM
  7. hcrick's Avatar
    I don't expect them until first half of 2014 but would be happy to be proven wrong. I wonder if MS is considering other aspect ratios, something more square like 3:2.
    10-09-2013 10:36 PM
  8. mase123987's Avatar
    I think this is pretty awesome for for $300. My question would be if it has the sensors you generally see in other tablets like gps. This might be a buy for me though. Depending on what the processor can handle, this might be a great htpc...that is a tablet!
    10-15-2013 10:40 AM
  9. mase123987's Avatar
    Couldn't get an answer from Dell on who will have it on the 18th. Guess I will stop by Best Buy then and see...
    10-15-2013 11:23 AM
  10. Adan G's Avatar
    I tried getting information about the Venue 8 Pro also, but didn't have any luck. I think with the active digitizer this is my next for sure!
    10-17-2013 02:59 PM
  11. MoggSquad's Avatar
    I think the Lenovo Miix 8" would be the closest. The Miix is slightly thinner and lighter.
    10-17-2013 03:12 PM
  12. mjrtoo's Avatar
    The Windows button is in such a crazy place on the venue, on the edge, weird.
    10-17-2013 03:17 PM
  13. xboxonthego3's Avatar
    This have clover trail, great design, and more. Do you think this is the best 8 inch windows tablet? Or the toshiba encore?
    I thought it had bay trail in it? Or am I getting confused?
    10-17-2013 04:10 PM
  14. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I thought it had bay trail in it? Or am I getting confused?
    My fault. Edited. Yeah, it's bay trail.
    10-17-2013 11:25 PM
  15. mase123987's Avatar
    Media said this would be released today, but not even Dell's website shows it being sold yet...oh well I guess.
    10-18-2013 06:43 AM
  16. electricbopeep's Avatar
    @mase123987 I was up early this AM checking too and it wasn't there but it is now: Touch Screen Laptops, desktops, tablets | Dell . However it doesn't appear the red version is available at this time. The customer service rep I spoke to also indicated that the 64gb version wasn't available, but it is - just shipping November 1 instead of October 28 (32 GB ship date). Also, the version with the case and stylus is shipping November 8th. I'm trying to figure out whether or not the micro usb can output video via a cable/adapter. I've read about MHL and IntelliLink but this rep makes it seem as though the only way to output video is through a wireless adapter. Full exchange below. Thoughts? I seem to remember there being supply/fulfillment issues with Dell Venue phone; hope this isn't a repeat of that...

    9:49:21 AM Me Initial Question/Comment: .
    9:49:26 AM System You are now being connected to an agent. Thank you for using Dell Chat
    9:49:26 AM System Connected with Joel A
    9:49:41 AM Joel A Welcome to Dell US Small Office Chat. My name is Joel and I will be your Dell.com Sales Chat Expert. I can be reached at joel_aquino@dell.com. You can now chat with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week !
    9:49:46 AM Joel A Hi Me may I know how can I help you today?
    9:50:15 AM Me Hi Joel! I'm trying to order the Venue 8 Pro Win 8 tablet, but I don't see a 64gb or red option. Are those available?
    9:50:31 AM Joel A Sorry about that but I would be happy to help you with that.
    9:50:46 AM Joel A Let me see if we have a red color for that tablet.
    9:51:24 AM Me yes, the product preview page up earlier this am indicated it owuld come in red
    9:52:46 AM Joel A I apologize but at the moment what we have is a black Venue 8 Pro Win 8 tablet, we don't have a red one yet.
    9:53:15 AM Me when will the red be available? and is there a 64 gb version of the black?
    9:53:51 AM Joel A I cannot guarantee when but since it was advertised that it is an option then for sure it will be offered soon, we have no update when that will be available though.
    9:54:32 AM Me ok, and is there a 64 gb version of the black available today?
    9:55:06 AM Joel A Only 32GB storage .
    9:55:35 AM Me ok, when the 54gb version be available, as that variant was advertised too
    9:55:54 AM Me when will the 64gb version be available (typing too fast)
    9:56:22 AM Joel A I am sorry but we cannot guarantee, it will be shown online once available. Hopefully soon.
    10:05:51 AM Joel A Shall we help you with your purchase on that today or you will just do that online?
    10:07:39 AM Me i'm debating if i should hold out for the 64 gb, i want to make sure i have enough storage!! also, one more question, i know it doesn't have hdmi out, so what cable would i need to connect the venue 8 pro to my tv or pc monitor (hdmi inputs)?
    10:09:36 AM Joel A Checking..
    10:11:04 AM Me oh the 64 gb is available to order on the page you sent me,it just has a later ship date. yay!
    10:12:46 AM Joel A One more moment.
    10:13:21 AM Joel A You will need to get this Netgear Push2TV Wireless Display Adapter .
    10:14:26 AM Me hmmm, theres no way to use a cable? i travel a lot and want to be able to use a cable (the wireless option is nice to have also)
    10:15:16 AM Joel A Sorry but no.
    10:17:23 AM Me hmmm, ok. i was under the impression that there are usb to hdmi cables but i'll take your word for it. that's a dealbreaker, so i won't be ordering. thanks for your help!
    10-18-2013 10:20 AM
  17. hcrick's Avatar
    The Windows button is in such a crazy place on the venue, on the edge, weird.
    There's always the Windows / Start button on the Charm Bar. Just swipe in and tap all in one motion. On the Surface it's actually faster and more natural than letting go of the tablet on one side and reaching for and tapping button.
    xboxonthego3 likes this.
    10-18-2013 11:26 AM
  18. tboy2000's Avatar
    When held portrait, just swipe from right to get to start button from charm bar. When held landscape, just press the hard start button at top left. It is just the right place for landscape mode. I actually think they didn't even need to have a physical button as you just swipe to charm bar and its there.
    10-20-2013 04:11 PM
  19. tboy2000's Avatar
    I prefer the dell to the lenovo as lenovo ruined the look with their lenovo logo right on the bezel. The dell is logo free on the front and even start button free. Perfectly clean. 100% bezel. Well done Dell! I am buying the Dell.
    10-20-2013 04:13 PM
  20. DCProjMgr's Avatar
    It seems that all small tablets are dropping the HDMI physical connector as they add MHL wireless. Lenovo and new Kindle HDX have the same situation.
    10-20-2013 09:16 PM
  21. mase123987's Avatar
    It seems that all small tablets are dropping the HDMI physical connector as they add MHL wireless. Lenovo and new Kindle HDX have the same situation.
    Makes sense to keep the tablet as thin as possible, esp. on the edges. That said, I would prefer to have it since it is full Windows.
    10-20-2013 09:19 PM
  22. closeloop's Avatar
    This week Apple highlighted that both its new iPad Air and new iPad Mini With Retina display will have dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 2x2 MIMO WiFi. Dell Venue 8 Pro is now the only 8" Windows 8.1 tablet that has dual band 2x2 MIMO WiFi.

    The other three 8" Windows 8.1 tablets announced so far, Toshiba Encore uses dual band 1x1 11n WiFi; Lenovo Miix2 use single band (2.4GHz only) 1x1 11n WiFi; Acer Iconia W4 has not disclosed its WiFi spec, but it is likely to be single or dual band 1x1 11n WiFi as well.

    2x2 MIMO WiFi achieves twice the communication speed of 1x1 WiFi, while at the same time provides a much longer range and signal reliability. Also for the new Miracast feature (wireless display) introduced in Windows 8.1, 2x2 MIMO WiFi provides a much better Miracast video quality than 1x1 WiFi because of the speed and signal reliability. As for the communication frequency band, 2.4GHz band is a very "crowded". 5GHz band gives you a lot more selection of channels and is free from a lot of the interferences.

    Since WiFi is the only communication medium in most of the tablets, a good WiFi really enhances the user experience whether you are at home, at work, at the airport, or at the Starbucks.
    rav16 likes this.
    10-26-2013 10:06 PM
  23. electricbopeep's Avatar
    Here's a good article comparing the 8" tablets - also read the comments below, which discuss the Toshiba. Looks like the w4 and Toshiba are edging out the venue and Lenovo for me, based on hdmi and other factors.

    http://techland.time.com/2013/10/17/...e-differences/
    Sent from my Windows 8 device using Board Express
    Lorienn likes this.
    10-27-2013 08:35 AM
  24. g808's Avatar
    Surprisingly positive first look from Tech Crunch. The more I read about this device the more interested I get.

    10-27-2013 05:34 PM
  25. mase123987's Avatar
    Surprisingly positive first look from Tech Crunch. The more I read about this device the more interested I get.

    The device he was using had the same watermark issue I did!
    10-27-2013 06:00 PM
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