Dwelling on Dell

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While sifting through some stuff in my closet the other day, I came across the thinnest phone mankind has ever known. Okay, that may not be entirely correct, but the mere sight of the malnourished phone took me back to an era when slim was completely in. Companies vied with each other to produce a phone thinner, yet packed with more features, than the adversary. We eventually moved to larger screens till they became so large they ceased fitting into pockets, purses, handbags and suitcases. We are still confused; the markets abound in all shapes and sizes of cellular devices. And then we have tablets, phablets and goblets.

Do we really need a tablet? What can it achieve that a phone today can’t? Is it wise to introduce kids to electronically manufactured delight early in life? In the light of recent queries I have received on my new Dell Venue 7, I intend to dwell on some answers.

Okay, for starters, I find there are certain things a tablet can do that a phone simply cannot. It is simply not the same experience watching a film or playing a game or video-talking on a phone. It may be the bigger screen, the superior graphics, the better sound, or, it may be just me. I infinitely enjoy tuning in to my favourite music or watching a much-loved film on my Dell Venue, the noisy world around gradually dissolving into nothingness.

It isn’t just that of course – I end up saving much-needed phone battery by delegating my mail sync, random internet browsing and note making to the Dell champ. It is like a walking-talking desk computer, cozy in my arms, comfortable with its identity. While I am comfortable with the touch-induced typing, the tablet does come with an external keyboard that can make the process smoother. On its part, the tablet does a great job of running on battery. Considering the innumerable tasks I end up using it for – not to forget, the incessant looking up of documents, and the battery consuming Wi-Fi surfing – it lasts me a good couple of days.

Now, this easy-peasy access to delight is a key incentive that pushes several parents into buying a tablet for their little ones. Indeed, I see billboards around town advocating the need to buy a new tablet in the new school season. Well, there is plenty that the Dell Venue has to offer in this department – hordes of educational apps on the Play Store, an easy-to-use user interface with intuitive navigation and decent reception to touch, efficient streaming and playback of AV content, and the sturdiness to blend in well with clumsy little hands. Nevertheless, I don’t recommend acquiring one of these in place of a nice collection of books, a fun movie once in a while and a good bout of fooling around in the evening dust.

That being said, I think this can be a terrific gifting idea for, say, parents. My Mom, for instance, would be spared the pain of typing long messages to me on her small phone. Friends too – especially at its value-for-money price.

I had my little cousin over the other day. She gave my phone – and me – a dirty look. “Why don’t you get a new one? You’ve had that for a whole year!” I rushed to seal my closet lest she catch sight of the malnourished phone. This was before she spotted the new tablet. I instantly rose in her estimation. Dell Venue saved the day.

Stay tuned for more on this, shortly.

*Written as a part of Dell Blogger Review Program

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17 thoughts on “Dwelling on Dell

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  2. Great post, really took me back in terms of tech of smaller and smaller phone! What would you suggest a new tab or laptop?

    • Welcome to Saddi Delhi, Siddarth. 🙂
      Personally, I don’t think the two are interchangeable. But if you are considering a supplementary laptop, I’d suggest you get a tab.
      Delighted you liked the post. 🙂

  3. Not much into gadgets but I like the way you write about them. Yeah I remember the time when slim was in. Weird how the market determines everything that we should appreciate or not. Laptops for instance now come in all shapes and sizes and yet we are TOLD everytime whats in and whats out! Saddi Dilli is a great place, enjoy coming back to it! 🙂

    • Haha I couldn’t agree more! Why do we need constant reminders and alerts on what’s “in”? Whatever happened to the right to independent thought?
      Yeah, it’s the Dell 4-month review program that’s given me the chance to write about a gadget, per se. I usually shy away from them. 😉
      Glad you are enjoying Saddi Delhi. Look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

    • Hello Hina. 🙂 The camera is decent. But then, with our menagerie of “photographic” products, I don’t find that functionality too important in a tablet. 🙂

  4. Good post… I was actually looking to buy this Dell tab for my dad.. I think it will be a great gift like u said.. 😀 he struggles with his phone and we are usually looking at the roof whenever he calls on skype.. hopefully with this tab we will be able to look at him! 😀

  5. Playing games on a phone vs a tab – tab definitely wins! Honestly thought the price is what made me serously consider a Venue now 🙂 I always kept away from tablets thinking iPads are too expensive but this is now a sign I should finally buy one!

  6. Got a dell Inspiron lappie which will reach three years in Jan next year. It’s a good machine and performed decently well. But, to be on the safe side, I will start saving money next year in case it starts conking up, m eyeing an Apple in the next one year or two:)
    I have an Ipad and m still to get used with the gadgets on display..but quite good to make notes during assignments n all:)

    • Yeah, Dell laptops are nice and sturdy. The one I have will turn 5 this November. 🙂
      I agree – my iPad served me in good stead in college. Less to make notes and more to keep myself entertained, I daresay. 😛

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