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conclusion:We're mixed

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Dell created an affordable tablet with the Venue 7, but at the expense of weak battery life and an average display. CNET says the 1280 x 800 display "isn't particularly high or impressive" when compared to other tablets, but "HD video still looked clear and sharp." The dual-core processor may not be as powerful as some competitors, but AllThingsD finds the Venue 7 "fast enough not to be annoying." Where things really start to fall off is the Venue 7's battery life, with Laptop Magazine squeezing out about six hours in their battery test, "an hour less" than the category average. To hit a price point of $149 you have to cut some corners, and it's evident Dell opted to do so with the battery and display. If you can stomach the drawbacks and don't want to shell out the extra dough for a Kindle or a Nexus, the Venue 7 can still deliver decent performance.

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PC Mag Dec 2, 2013

Dell's Venue 7 is an inexpensive Android tablet that is upstaged by more capable options from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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6.0
CNET Nov 15, 2013

The Dell Venue 7 offers a simple design and smooth performance for the right price, but the Nexus 7 is a significant upgrade for not much more.

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AllThingsD Dec 3, 2013

If you can spare more money, you'll get a better experience and more longevity in a competing small tablet. But if you can't, the Dell Venue 7 is a heck of a buy for an Android tablet from a brand-name company.

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Computer Shopper Dec 19, 2013

A 7-inch Android slate, the Venue 7 mostly matches its competition in quality and features, but a lower price would greatly increase its overall value proposition.

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About Nov 20, 2013

Dell's Venue 7 is a very affordable Android tablet that does a decent job but just has enough small items that make it just an average tablet.

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Engadget Oct 2, 2013

Each [Venue 7 and Venue 8] has a 1,280 x 800 IPS screen and a 2GHz dual-core Intel Z2580 processor. The Venue 7 only has 16GB of internal storage, we're told.

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CNET Oct 2, 2013

Obviously, tablets have come a long way since the Streak 7. These aren't high-end world-beaters, but Dell seems to have at least caught up with the rest of the market.

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Techno Buffalo Oct 2, 2013

The Dell Venue 7 is the company’s smaller lightweight Android tablet. It runs the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS ... The device comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage and microSD slot for adding additional memory, a 2GHz dual-core Intel Z2580 processor, and a 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display.

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