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I wear many hats when it comes to work (magazine editor, blogger, mom), so it's no surprise that I have just as many work locations. In fact, where I work really differs every day. Some days I'm in the office, sometimes I'm working from home or at my local coffee shop. Some days I'm running around to beauty events and trying to edit stories or blog posts in the back of a taxi. And some days I'm just running errands and trying to check my email between mommy and me music classes and preschool pickup.
For the past year or so, I've been lugging my laptop around with me (and often my camera, too), but that's annoying. And heavy. So I was very excited when I was recently asked to try out the new Intel powered Dell Venue 8 7840 tablet to see how it might simplify--and lighten up!--my work life.
The size was the first thing I noticed about it when I pulled it out of the package. It is super skinny. At just six millimeters, it's apparently the world's thinnest tablet. Not only is it extremely lightweight, but it actually slips easily into my tiniest bags.
The next thing that struck me was the ease of the initial setup. You basically turn it on, log into your gmail account, and...well, that's pretty much it. It was similarly simple--and lightning fast--to download apps. It took just seconds for me to load up the tablet with my faves like Next Issue, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and Instagram.
The camera system is pretty cool, too. The Dell Venue 7840 tablet features 8m pixel camera and two 720p "stereoscopic" cameras. This setup allows you to perceive depth in a photo, capturing pictures more like how they are actually perceived by the human eye. All I know is: My photos looked great. And if they don't look great? The tablet has extensive editing capabilities, which allow you to tweak anything from the brightness to the focus to the background to the height of your child. (Haven't tried that one yet!)
One of my favorite features was the Dell gallery, which gathers all of your photos from pretty much anywhere (Facebook, Dropbox, your phone, your computer) and puts them all in one central place. This made it super easy to find the photos I needed for blog posts.
During the week I was testing it, I used it to update my blog from the coffee shop, edit a work story from home, read this book on the train (and, ok, the latest issue of Domino), and of course, check Twitter, Facebook, and Insta from anywhere and everywhere.
Up until this, I had never used an Android tablet before, but I was totally smitten and will be sad to see it go. Still, I knew there was one last test: I needed to see what our resident tablet expert (my almost two year old son) thought of it. So I handed it to him, he asked for an Elmo video on YouTube, then sat back, watched, and smiled. Sold.
Intel makes new and exciting technologies possible, like the Intel® RealSense™snapshot camera technology in the Dell Venue 8 tablet.