First Look: Dell Venue 10: A hybrid for Android lovers

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Dell entered the Android tablet market late last year by releasing the Venue 8 7000, a device with an understated though appealing form that contains good specs and an interesting camera technology.

Dell recently launched a larger-screen variant, the Venue 10 7000. At a starting price of $499, it’s meant for the business user. This tablet has similar design cues as its smaller cousin: A silver-colored aluminum casing with right-angled edges, but unlike the Venue 8, it has a cylindrical grip running along one side which contains the battery. While this entices you to hold the Venue 10 with a single hand, my wrist quickly felt strained, and palm became cramped, because the overall weight of this tablet is over a pound. 

For $130, Dell sells a Bluetooth keyboard that additionally serves as a protective cover. You’ll likely want to buy the tablet and keyboard together, since the cylindrical grip of the Venue 10 gets in the way of the designs of most third-party keyboards for tablets that also function as protective covers.

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