Dell Tablets Compared

Dell has gained a reputation in recent years for producing simple, effective devices that favor utility and productivity over flashiness. That’s been borne out in the heavily business-oriented tablet line that the manufacturer has produced, and in most cases the results have been successful.

Dell Venue 7

The Venue 7, like its larger sibling, is built with cost-effectiveness in mind. The design is quite simple, though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The 1,280-by-800 pixel display is on par with the Venue 8’s panel, but the hardware lags behind.

The Venue 7 features a 1.6-gigahertz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor, which is a bit outdated compared to tablets in its class. The Venue 7 does about what you’d expect at the price point, but it’s far from the best option available.

Dell Venue 8

As the name suggests, the Dell Venue 8 is the larger of Dell’s two budget-friendly Android tablets. Dell has left the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience largely untouched, which makes it appealing compared to tablets with heavily reskinned or otherwise restricted operating systems.

The 1280-by-800 display is no match for the full high-definition panels on the market, but it more than holds its own for the price. Similarly, the 2.0-gigahertz Intel Atom Z2580 processor delivers good-not-great performance. It offers solid battery life that even manages to exceed that of the smaller Venue 7 in a tablet comparison.

Dell Venue 8 Pro

The Dell Venue 8 Pro, like the Venue 11, is a full-featured Windows 8.1 device. The Venue 8 Pro straddles the line between the high-end Venue 11 Pro and the budget-friendly Venue 7 and 8 tablets, and thanks to the Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3740D chip, it successfully blends the best of both worlds.

The performance is smooth without drawing too much power, and most applications run well on the mini-sized tablet. The display only produces a 1280-by-800 pixel resolution, but the panel is sharp and bright.

Dell Venue 11 Pro

The Venue brand originated with a failed attempt at breaking into the smartphone category. Over a year later, Dell revived the Venue in the form of a line of tablets. The Venue 11 Pro, the largest in the Venue family, sells itself on its versatility.

The Windows 8.1 device can function as a tablet, connect remotely to a television or monitor, or connect to an optional keyboard dock to function as a true laptop. There are several hardware options, ranging from a quad-core Bay Trail Atom processor or a beefy 1.6-gigahertz Core i5 chip with eight gigabytes of RAM.

The high-end hardware can easily replicate laptop performance, and the 10.8-inch, 1920-by-1080 pixel display is crystal clear.

Dell XPS 10

The only current Dell tablet to include Microsoft Windows RT, the XPS 10 is unremarkable and inoffensive in design, but it’s tailor-made for business users. The XPS 10 is in line with most other RT-based tablets, featuring a 1,366-by-768 pixel display and 1.5-gigahertz Snapdragon S4 processor.

Where it stands out in comparison to tablets meant for casual users is with the inclusion of an excellent suite of productivity and security tools, which makes it a popular pick in the corporate world.

Dell Latitude 10

The Latitude 10 marks one of Dell’s most concerted efforts to woo the corporate world to its tablet line. Being a business-oriented device, the Windows 8 tablet is powered by a basic 1.8-gigahertz Atom Z2760 processor.

As with other Atom tablets, the display is a 10.1-inch, 1,366-by-768 pixel panel. The specifications are far from impressive, but they’re more than adequate for business use. What is impressive, however, is the excellent battery life.

Dell XPS 12

The Dell XPS 12 is probably most notable for its innovative swiveling design. The 12.5-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 pixel display easily swivels around a sturdy outer frame, transforming from an ultrabook to a de facto tablet.

Its large size means it isn’t especially portable or suitable for one-handed use, but the design produces great versatility nonetheless. The 1.6-gigahertz Intel Core i5-4200U processor delivers a very solid Windows 8 experience.

Dell Streak 7

After the bizarre design of the original five-inch Streak, Dell went back to the drawing board to produce a genuine tablet. The result, the Android 2.2-based Dell Streak 7, is something of a mixed bag. The 800-by-480 pixel display was outdated even at initial release, and the battery life is among the poorest of any tablet on the market.

The 1.0-gigahertz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 processor is snappy, however, and it handles basic tasks with ease.