Years back I was interviewing the Chief Editor of CBT and one of the questions that I asked was, ‘How much do you love writing?’
‘Writing is a pain,’ he answered, without waiting and then went on, ‘it tortures me and yet I write. That’s right. I write.’
I left the interpretation of ‘writing is a pain’ to my readers and for many years I did believe that writing was actually something that necessitates a writer to literally carve his insides and put it all in words. Well, recollecting thoughts can be quite a trauma but it is far from carving your insides. The next interpretation I had of writing being a pain was spending hours in front of the typewriter and going on and on with even finger joints creaking and protesting. ‘This must surely be the pain that writers talk of,’ I mused then. And so when the PC came… and then the laptops and all the other smart devices, I naturally thought the pain is about to end.
The pain never left… I can say this with a lot of surety because I have tried to search the right writing app and they are all either too expensive or too basic and lacking finesse if they are free. So finally I did get to start writing on OneNote that could be installed free on my Android phone… but then a different sort of pain began. The sheer impossibility of writing on a device that was too small in size to handle the pressures of a writer who was getting ideas in a continuous stream. ‘No,’ I said, ‘these phones are not writer-friendly.’ The same went for even tabs because even though the size was fine, the transfer of files to my laptop was invariably flawed and a pain.
It was when I had almost stopped hoping to use a smart device for my writing that I got to use the Dell Venue 8 pro and believe me I was simply fascinated. All I had to do was to do a simple registration and I was ready to roll! This tab comes with preloaded Microsoft Office Home and Student edition and so has Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, & Office Web Apps to help you keep your documents synced and ready to view or edit.
Trusted Reviews does point out that ‘if you are intent on buying an 8-inch, Windows 8.1 tablet, then the Dell Venue Pro 8 is currently the best one out there.’ The writer in me thinks that this is probably because the MS Office software also means that you do not have to install just any junkware or 3rd party trialware or pay for some fancy writing app. This inclusion also implies that your tab gets world-class security software.
There are other very obvious advantages of working on the MS Office edition that comes bundled with the tab… and they include not having to keep spending time formatting and re-formatting your essays when you transfer from your tab to your laptop. But wait… didn’t I tell you yet that this tab is run by Windows 8.1 and you can actually do everything here that you can do on your laptop… and this includes uploading your blog post on your blog and doing all the picture adding etc right from your laptop. Come on, if you can just visualise adding a keyboard to this tab, you are working on a machine that is giving you all that you want. During the time this tab was with me, I never carried my laptop with me… and I have written complete posts sitting in a coffee house, an aircraft, a library, a museum, and even a park. I have even uploaded those posts on my blog from wherever I was (except when I was flying, of course) and did not, even once, miss being on a laptop.
Now this is simply not possible if you’re writing a post, say, on a tab that runs on any other OS. I know this because I have used devices that run on Android and even on iOS and I always have to transfer my written documents to my laptop, re-format them, and then upload them on my blog. Yes, this can be rather painful.
So coming back to the fact about writing being a painful affair, well, it still continues to be for those who are not using a Dell Venue 8 Pro.
To tell you the truth, there are a few other things that I like about this tab… the beautiful textured feel of its back cover is a sensual stimulant and gives your ideas a rather large gonadal giggle… but seriously, it helps keep the tab firmly in your hands and the chances if it slipping out are slim. The decreased bezel on the sides makes it appear less bulky and in times when slim will win, the tab does attempt to appear thinner. No, it doesn’t win here, but then it certainly doesn’t look awkwardly bulky. There is an SD card slot, a mini USB, and a slot for headphones… which means the tab will not try to overwhelm you with external buttons and controls and will not make your life difficult.
I’m just not surprised that even PCWorld has remarked that ‘Dell’s 8-inch mini tablet packs full Windows 8.1 in a thin and light package with strong performance and battery life.’ Well, this tab indeed gives life to the writer’s instinct within you. And this is what I like best.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro is purrfect for writers!
This smile proves that the camera and screen resolution are great… and that the writer in me in happy!
Another great reason to opt for this dell Tab: the anti-slip cover design
A final smile for the Dell Tab… hope I get to use it forever!
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31 October 2014