1. cba191's Avatar
    Will this be a major improvement over my venue 8? I don't really want to drop the coin on an SP3, but the venue has been cool but kind of underpowered for Garmin's mapping software.
    04-02-2015 04:55 PM
  2. HeyCori's Avatar
    Word on the street is that the CPU in the Surface 3 is only a modest bump over Bay Trail. However, the Atom x7 GPU is supposed to be significantly better than Bay Trail GPUs. I guess we'll know more once benchmarks are available. Even without benchmarks, I'd imagine the performance improvements will be noticeable.
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    04-02-2015 11:43 PM
  3. alisaad619's Avatar
    the Surface 3 is almost better in everything ,better screen size and resolution ,better ram and storage ,better cpu and gpu , better design and quality ,better ports and accessories, pen and kickstand , pure windows with no crapware.
    04-03-2015 09:09 AM
  4. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    Wait, do you have the Android (Venue 8) or Windows (Venue 8 Pro) device? If it's the Windows one, then the S3 should be a noticeable upgrade in every respect except portability. Then again it is like 60% more expensive.
    04-04-2015 03:07 PM
  5. cba191's Avatar
    A lot more than that. I got the Venue 8 Pro around Christmas when they first came out for $99.
    04-04-2015 09:07 PM
  6. tangledW's Avatar
    Are you comparing the Venue to the Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3?

    Because you said SP3 but everyone else is talking about the S3 for some reason.
    04-04-2015 10:07 PM
  7. cba191's Avatar
    Both, actually. But I've effectively eliminated the SP3 due to charging issues on the motorcycle. The SP2 could be a possibility, but not likely.
    04-04-2015 11:14 PM
  8. tangledW's Avatar
    Both, actually. But I've effectively eliminated the SP3 due to charging issues on the motorcycle. The SP2 could be a possibility, but not likely.
    Maybe I'm not sure what you mean about charging issues, but I use a small power inverter to charge my SP3 on the go and it works great.
    04-05-2015 12:45 AM
  9. cba191's Avatar
    Maybe I'm not sure what you mean about charging issues, but I use a small power inverter to charge my SP3 on the go and it works great.
    Just that with a 1 or 2 month road trip on a motorcycle, space is limited. I know that there are small inverters out there, but anything bigger than a pack of cards is bigger than I want.
    04-05-2015 03:13 AM
  10. P_Devil's Avatar
    Then you don't want the SP2 since its charging setup would be similar to the SP3.

    In terms of performance (and everything really), the SP3 is a better device than the Dell Venue 8 and Venue 8 Pro. It has a more powerful CPU, more powerful integrated graphics, faster RAM, an SSD instead of eMMC (SSDs are faster), a larger display at a higher resolution, a very capable Pen, etc. But it also starts out at 4X the cost of the Venue 8 Pro and it's not fair to compare an $800 system (actually $950 with the keyboard cover) to an 8" Windows tablet at $200.

    The Surface 3 is more expensive than the Venue 8 Pro as well and pretty much offers all of the same benefits as the SP3 (Surface Pro 3). It has a faster CPU, more powerful graphics, a larger display that is higher in resolution, faster RAM, faster eMMC storage, better battery life, and supports a Pen. They are really in two different categories as the Atom x7 SoC in the Surface 3 is above and beyond the Atom SoC in the Venue 8 Pro both in terms of CPU and integrated graphics performance. Either one is an upgrade over the Venue 8 Pro but then again, they are both a lot more expensive than the Venue 8 Pro (which is a really good 8" Windows tablet).
    04-06-2015 11:31 AM

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