I'm trying to calculate how much money both Dell and I have wasted on this tablet.
- David $300 + Tax
- Dell - $ 500 - Talk on phone to David 10 hours * $50 / hour
- David - $500 - Talk on phone to David 10 hours * $50 / hour
- Dell - $200 - Replace motherboard (USB Broke)
- Dell - $100 - Do something after firmware update bricked it
- Dell - $900 - I've convince at least 3 people not to buy one 3 * 300
Very unhappy customer Total $2500
Condolences. That especially <ADMIN NOTE: Profane word removed as per TOU> when a kid is burned by <ADMIN NOTE: Substitute character removed as per TOU> design. Thanks Dell. On the up-side, you should see the Venue Pro 8 in fire-sale clearance bins soon. Don't buy a reconditioned one though. You can be sure it's had its pins bent and then re-straightened for a fast sale.
My USB stopped working, and after reading these posts I feared the worst. The socket, while obviously very fragile, looked OK.
For other reasons, I did a full restart. The USB now works !
Has anyone used it with USB devices beyond simple things like flash drives ?
I got a micro to USB female adaptor and could use thumb drives great to play movies etc. I read that it works well with keyboard or mouse.
However, it did not work as hoped for my SSD. Apparently, the micro usb port will only work for data OR for power, so any device sucking power through the usb will not work well. You can't just plug in your 3 TB movie drive for now.
I read that you can get a "Y" adaptor and hook it to power on the one side and to a drive on the other side, but at that point, you have so many cables going, I don't know what the point is.
A co-worker of mine was admiring my Dell Venue Pro 8 today. I told him it only had one problem - the USB connector and recommended that he didnt buy it.
Dell is taking all these broken units, fixing the connector (not improving) and putting them on cheap. They will show many people their poor engineering as these systems get recycled.
Both my Surface and iPad 3 connectors work - sometimes my Surface connector doesn't fit 100% and doesn't charge - but it isn't broken.