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1 year ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 review

Dell Venue 8 7840

One of the more exciting pieces of consumer hardware to come out of CES 2015 wasn't from the usual Android suspects. Not Samsung. Not HTC or Motorola or LG or even ASUS.

Nope. In 2015, we welcome Dell back to the Android stage with an awkwardly named but very-much-a-player Venue 8 7840 tablet — which you'll also see referenced as the Venue 8 7000 Series.

The broad strokes — it's an extremely thin, flat tablet running an Intel Atom chipset. It's extremely compelling — and also not without some head-scratching moments.

So here, now, is our review of this sleek little newcomer, the Dell Venue 8 7840.

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1 year ago

Today only, a 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for $170


Even if it's since been supplanted by the Nexus 9, the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 is still a good deal at just $169.99. That deal, good for today only and only at, knocks $60 off the list price of the 7-inch Nexus tablet. And ever since it disappeared off Google Play, that normal list price is still in the $200-230 range at resellers like Amazon.

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1 year ago

The Nexus 9, three months on

Nexus 9

An update after 90 days or so with Google's top tablet

Four-hundred-forty-eight days. That's a near eternity between hardware releases in the Android world. But that's how long it took from the announcement of the second-generation Nexus 7 in July 2013 to the Nexus 9 in October 2014.

And quite a bit has changed in that year. Phones have gotten larger and even more powerful. We're two major versions of Android beyond what launched on the Nexus 7. We've gone from a 32- to a 64-bit operating system, on the first major device to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset. We've moved from a 16:10 aspect ratio to 4:3, on a larger display. And we've seen HTC get back into the tablet game, years after its first couple of efforts mostly flopped.

And the Nexus 9 had some big shoes to fill, as its smaller predecessor set the benchmark for an affordable, easy-to-use tablet.

We've been using the Nexus onward of three months now. Let's take a look and see where things stand.

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1 year ago

HP's new Pro Slate 12 is awkwardly huge, has a pen that screams


HP is back with a pair of new Android tablets geared towards businesses. The HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 bring a 4:3 aspect ratio that's more like standard paper sizes than the 16:9 tablets we're used to, and unlike some of HP's previous Android offerings, these two aren't terribly underpowered with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (which while a year old at this point, isn't a bad chip to have running things). And both measure just 8mm thick.

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1 year ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 price, and where to buy it


This has been coming up in more comments than we expected, so we'll make it easy for you here: The Dell Venue 8 7840 tablet — it's not official unless you use all of those numbers, in the correct order — costs $399. That's for the one and only model currently available, with a mere 16GB of on-board storage (with about half of that available to you after boot).

If you purchase from Dell, you'll see a few "deals" that include a folio case, Dell Cast dongle or wireless keyboard and case. But the tablet model remains the same.

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1 year ago

Dell Venue 8 7840: The first 5 things you need to know

Dell Venue 8 7840 is just 6mm thick

Dell's long-awaited Atom-powered tablet is finally available, and we're giving it a first look

Might 2015 finally be the year we see Dell and Intel make waves in the Android space? If the Dell Venue 8 7840 is any indication, both companies could have a lot to say in the coming months.

The awkwardly named tablet — which you might also see written occasionally as "Dell Venue 8 7000 series" — is a thin little slice of heaven (all of 6mm), running Android 4.4.4 and powered by an Intel Atom processor. It's got a high-resolution display at 8.4 inches that looks incredible.

Piqued your interest yet? It's time to do our thing on this sexy little tablet. And we'll start with the first five things you need to know about it.

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1 year ago

How to fix poor audio on your Nexus 9

Surrounded by sound

Not all audio tracks are created equal, turning off the emulated 'surround sound' may help

Ever fire up a movie (even one you've downloaded) in the Google Play Movies and TV app on your Nexus 9, and noticed the sound was just horribad? That underwater warbly sound likely isn't an issue with your new tablet, or with the movie you just rented or bought — it's probably an incorrect setting.

There's not much we hate more than bad audio around these parts, so lets have a look at how you might be able to fix it.

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1 year ago

Nexus 9 now available in sand color, but only as 32 GB model


Anybody holding out for the beige version of the Nexus 9 can now pick one up directly from the Google Play Store. You'll have to pony up for the 32 GB model, and your geography may limit availability (no love for us Canadians). If you're in the U.S., you should be good to go.

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1 year ago

First look at the Remix Ultra Tablet

Jide Remix Ultra Tablet

An Android tablet to get work done on

Jide, a company founded by three ex-Googlers, showed off its first device at CES 2015 — the Remix Ultra Tablet. The tablet — which strongly resembles the Microsoft Surface Pro line — has a magnetically connected keyboard and a kickstand what can be extended to 40 and 80 degrees.

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1 year ago

Nokia N1 Android tablet goes up for pre-order in China for $250


After an official unveil in November 2014, the Nokia N1 is now up for pre-order in China. The tablet is listed for 1599 Yuan ($256), and will be available in the country from January 29.

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1 year ago

Hands-on with Dell's crazy thin Venue 8 7000 tablet

Dell Venue 8 7000

Dell's latest Android device is one handsome looking thing

This is the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet. While the name doesn't exactly inspire, the device itself certainly does. To coincide with CES 2015 it's finally going on sale and what we've got is the thinnest tablet currently on the market at just 6mm. But that's not all it has to boast about. It's also got a stunning QHD resolution OLED display, a 3D RealSense camera, front facing speakers and ridiculously skinny bezels. And it's a handsome looking thing, for sure.

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1 year ago

Alcatel revamps the Pop family with a new tablet, phones (hands-on)

Alcal Pop 2

2015 is all about affordable LTE devices for the low-cost manufactuer

Alcatel today announced new additions to its affordable Pop family in the form of the Pop 10 tablet and a trio of Pop 2 phones ranging from 4 to 5 inches.

This year is going to be all about LTE for the low-cost manufacturer, and the Pop 10 tablet brings it with Cat. 4 speeds. The tablet's powered by a quad-core MediaTex CPU, has 8GB of storage and sports a 5MP camera 'round back and 2MP out front. It's standout feature, however, is the removable Bluetooth keyboard. It's done in the manner we've become accustomed to over the years, with a little bit of thickness added at the hinge. But the whole smash manages to retain a pretty thin profile. The keys have decent (not great) travel, and the trackpad is clicky enough.

The Pop 2 phones start at 4 inches with a 480x800 resolution, move on to a 4.5-incher at 854x480, and finally to a 5-incher at full HD. All three will sport LTE data, and price points will reflect their various standings in the family. The high end Pop 2 (5) has a plastic textured back which we actually liked a little less than the soft-touch 4.5 model, but to each his own on that one. All three phones will have options for color backs and flip covers.

We've got more on the Pop 8 tablet and Pop 2 phones on down below.

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1 year ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 with QHD display and Intel RealSense goes up for sale on Best Buy for $399


Last year, Dell announced that it was working on a tablet in collaboration with Intel that aims to pack high-end hardware in a chassis that is only 6.4mm thick. The tablet, dubbed the Dell Venue 8 7840, is now available on Best Buy for $399.

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1 year ago

HTC apparently has 'some huge surprises' coming in 2015


According to HTC's Jeff Gordon (he's their Senior Global Online Communications Manager), 2015 is going to be a big year for HTC. Of course, as their head online PR guy he's not going to say that 2015 will be a ho-hum year for the Taiwanese manufacturer of some of our favorite smartphones and the latest Nexus tablet, but we can't help but be interested in what HTC is planning on bringing to bear in the coming year.

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1 year ago

Jerry's favorite Android devices of 2014

The best of 2014

The Android devices of 2014 that I can't put down

2014 was a really good year for an Android fan. We saw great phones, tablets and watches from plenty of manufacturers, and chances are no matter what you were looking for, you were able to find it.

I'm lucky (mostly) because I get to play with many of these phones, tablets and watches. They are the tools we here at AC need to do our jobs. They're like a fancy socket set that can play Candy Crush.

But of course, we all like some more than others. And that's what this is all about — my favorites from the past year. It wasn't easy to pick just a few, because I've found that just about every Android device has a thing or two going for it that makes it great. There really are no wrong choices, and your list will probably be different from mine. That's a good thing.

Here's my list of favorite Android devices.

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