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Dell Venue 8 Pro - does anybody have one

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    Dell Venue 8 Pro - does anybody have one


    I just ordered the Venue 8 Pro. I was wondering whether it has a GPS. The specs are not saying it. And are there navigation programs like on Android.

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    I can't answer the question about the GPS yet (haven't received the Venue 8 Pro I ordered).

    I don't know of any Metro apps for Navigation (although there are mapping programs where you can get directions). Here is some free OpenSource navigation software: Navigator Free | mapFactor, s.r.o.

    Additional links: GPS Software for Windows - Free downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

    There's always the commercial packages such as Delorme Street Atlas, MS Streets & Trips & ALk's CoPilot Live.
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    Thanks Bruce. We'll keep in touch once we have the bits.
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    I've had my V8Pro for just a few hours and just installed a free MS app named "My GPS Location" so yes it does have gps.

    I splurged and bought a new W8 lap top and this Dell V8pro, ultra neat stuff, I'm as happy as a clam at high tide.

    So much to learn.
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    Madcratebuilder - Are you sure it has a GPS? Everything I have read says that the V8P does not have GPS and that only the future LTE models will include GPS since it is built-in to that chipset.

    I've run that "My GPS Location" app on Win 8.1 on a VM that I know for a fact does not have GPS. The app doesn't report that there is no GPS installed, it simply uses location info via the wifi. On mine, it isn't very accurate since it reports my current location as approximately 1.5 miles north of my actual location.
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    I'm 99% sure that my Dell rep said no GPS.

    Nice write up from Paul thurott on this device. I kinda want one, but I think I would be annoyed by Paul's concerns.
    http://m.winsupersite.com/mobile-dev...e-8-pro-review
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    After further research I found out that there is no GPS. I asked the question to the Newegg customers who already have the Venue 8 pro and these were the answers:

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    Based on that I RMAd mine because my Dell sales rep had told me twice that the device had GPS. I am going to buy this Lenovo tablet which is practically the same at the same price and it has GPS (even GNSS).
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    Lack of GPS is not an issue for me since I use my Android phone for GPS navigation. I have a Nexus 7 tablet with GPS and have never attempted to use it for navigation so have no reason to believe I will want to use the V8P for navigation either.

    Should I have the desire, I have a Bluetooth GPS receiver I'm relatively sure will work with it. I will test that out after I receive the V8P tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I'm 99% sure that my Dell rep said no GPS.

    Nice write up from Paul thurott on this device. I kinda want one, but I think I would be annoyed by Paul's concerns.
    http://m.winsupersite.com/mobile-dev...e-8-pro-review
    I want the ability to run Windows legacy apps and don't really care about Metro apps so the "ecosystem" is not important to me. I ordered the stylus specifically to make selecting items on the small screen easier and, hopefully, not frustrating.

    Many are complaining about the stylus' poor note taking capability which I have no interest in. As long as the stylus allows me to tap on things without misfires, I'll be a happy camper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Lack of GPS is not an issue for me since I use my Android phone for GPS navigation. I have a Nexus 7 tablet with GPS and have never attempted to use it for navigation so have no reason to believe I will want to use the V8P for navigation either.

    Should I have the desire, I have a Bluetooth GPS receiver I'm relatively sure will work with it. I will test that out after I receive the V8P tomorrow.
    You are well equipped. But I have only the tablet. On my Nexus 7 I use the navigation all the time - but I left the N7 in Europe. Thought it would be nice to have a Windows tablet. But navigation is important, else I get too often lost.
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