Dell have released a new Android based tablet. The Venue 10 7000 is a 10-inch tablet that has a different shape to the traditionally flat designs. Google has given this device a Google Play for Education certification, with some models coming with education specific apps. Dell has attempted to create a tablet that plays as hard as it works. Office for Android will be offered to users and business data will be encrypted. The speakers are at the front in the cylinder, giving the tablet its usual shape.
The Venue 10 7000 has a interesting design but is over priced. For a base model without the keyboard, you’ll be set back $499, and $629 for the attachable keyboard. The keyboard has a strong backlight and quality trackpad. When attached, the keyboard can move 180 degrees around the tablet t give a range of angles.
An issue with the keyboard is the drain on battery it seems to be. Originally the battery was claimed to last for 15 hours. In the end, it is stated that with the keyboard the battery has a 7-hour battery life. When attached, the keyboard and tablet remain slim and light being 6.2mm thick. The battery is 7000 mAh, a fair size and greater than the Venue 8. The size doesn’t translate to improved battery life, regrettably. It would perhaps have been of more interest had its battery life been improved, and it’s questionable if this tablet would be worth upgrading to.
The screen is 10.5-inch OLED 2560×1600 with a Dell RealSense snapshot depth camera. The name sounds complicated, as snapshot sounds quick and depth sounds slow. The working of the camera is complicated, taking a photo being slow and the default app by Dell not being up to the task. The processor is a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor that is the same as the model previous. There is a headphone jack, micro USB port and expandable SD storage of up to 512GB.
The Android used on the Venue 10 7000 is Android’s Lollipop 5.0. The device and OS work well together, and is used like Android devices usually are. Android for Work is offered for business users. It is a tablet that works and does the job it’s supposed to. The new design of the device makes it look more revolutionary than it actually it. There are similar tablets on the market for less that would work just as well or better.