Review of the Dell Venue Pro 8 32GB HDD 2GB Ram
Before I get into my review I want to let those reading this know my tech background. Aside from the education in IT that started in 1983 I hold a CompTIA A+ Cert, 3 DCSE (Dell) Certifications, & 2 other IT degrees. Not mentioning that as a brag, but to avoid a reader from saying to themself "well if he knew computers..." So to my review.
I bought the Dell Venue pre-loaded with Windows 10, and from out of the box experienced issues. As it was made the power button has a set 2 second press hold before it powers up, but not so. The Dell Venue requires at least 2 10 second press/holds until it turns on. This is not a hardware issue but an OS. The sleep/power on fuction is at fault. From reviewing tech forums there is the first press which send an interrupt request to the system, the second press causes the firmware to recieve the request and the power cycle starts. Once started going into the power settings causes more headaches. You have three power button options, 1) Do nothing (and pressing the power button really does nothing) 2) Sleep (pressing the power button turns off screen, however if off for more than 15 minutes the tablet turns off) 3) Turn off (it turns off). With these being the only options the tablet will always turn off if you want the screen off. I attempted several 3rd party applications to get around this, but it appears that once the display is interpreted the system turns off. It then requires the above stated presses to turn back on. This is a serious setback to practical use, the display should be allowed to turn off to save battery power without the tablet turning off.
The second issue that really was a serious disappointment was the battery. At 6am I turned on the Dell Venue and only left the display on, I did not use it. At the same time I turned on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. I used my Samsung for reading, Internet surfing etc. By 11:30am my Samsung had 77% battery remaining the Dell was down to 32%. It in effect made the Dell Venue an unusable, practical tablet.
Other issues: Of course the limited apps in the store. I'm talking about apps everyone wants. No gmail, no google anything. Opposing PDF reader apps (to Microsoft PDF apps), browser apps (browser apps are optimized for mobile use) & there were many other practical apps missing. I downloaded Firefox and it appeared Windows 10 on the Dell Venue was actually fighting my use of it. As strange as it seems, I had weird problems. I used Edge and typed in www.google.com and got this message "The page you requested could not be displayed". I was connected to the Internet, but guess what, it took me to Bing.
One of the programs I used to try and defeat the power button issue was a non-install just leave in folder program. I created a shortcut tile. When it became appearent that the Dell Venue could care less what I did and still powered off I deleted the folder but the Dell Venue would not let me remove the tile, no matter what. That of course is the fault of Microsoft. There were other issues attempting to get full programs to run smoothly, not CPU hungry programs, but light programs.
In short if you are considering a Dell Venue Pro 8 or Pro 10 pass it up until the hardware catches up with Windows 10. I believe that Microsoft pushed Windows 10 out as a tablet friendly OS before the hardware of OEM companies caught up. The greatest disappointments were the power button issue and the battery issue.
Currently a friend of mine who is also a tech has it, he wanted to try and defeat these short comings.
As a last note, I installed a program recommend by Maximum PC magazine called 10Bit Uninstaller. Maximum PC mentioned it in the March 2016 issue page 44. This is the first time I felt betrayed by Maximum PC (been reading since Boot days). The program was a massive and agressive adware program. Right after install I was hit with popups and adverts to buy their pro version, they would not let up. It was crazy. I went to Ccleaner but everytime I tried to open 10Bit Uninstaller poped up and closed Ccleaner. I turned off the wireless and was able to open Ccleaner, uninstalled the offending program and then rebooted. When I connected back to Internet that 10Bit Uninstaller reinstalled itself. I turned off wireless and this time rooted the malware out.
I used the exact URL as it was listed in the article.
I believe Windows 10 will one day make a great and formatable tablet OS but not now, maybe it works great on the Microsoft Surface, but that is out of my budget. However the rest of the hardware world is not able to run Windows 10 effectively. So for the time I will stay with my Samsung.
DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
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