Review: Google’s High-End Pixel C Tablet

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Till now, the Pixel model was all about Chrome OS laptops. However in September, the corporate stunned us all when it introduced its Floor competitor, the 10.2-inch Pixel C Android pill with its optionally available Bluetooth keyboard. In contrast to its Nexus line of tablets, that is the primary time Google has constructed its personal pill.

In case you’re prepared to pay the price — beginning at $ 499 for the 32GB mannequin plus one other $ 149 for the keyboard — the Pixel C is a very good, strong pill that sits atop the present crop of Android tablets. At that price, it instantly competes with the iPad Air 2 (although the essential mannequin of the Air solely comes with 32GB of storage area).

With the keyboard, it additionally makes for a surprisingly productive laptop computer alternative, although that relies upon a bit on your private wants. At that price, although, you may additionally get a comparatively respectable laptop computer with out having to make the type of tradeoffs that include utilizing Android with a keyboard.


The Pixel C is now out there within the Google Play retailer in a choose variety of nations. Now you can purchase it within the U.S., Canada, Germany, Eire, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland.

When you assume this pill/keyboard combo sounds a bit of bit like a Microsoft Floor, or perhaps even Apple’s iPad Professional with a keyboard, you’re not alone. It’s unimaginable to not examine the C with them. Whereas Microsoft’s Floor is actually a totally featured laptop computer with a removable keyboard, Google and Apple are choosing a mixture of a pill and mobile working system with a keyboard.

However let’s not get hung up on this. It’s value wanting on the Pixel C as its personal device first.

The Tablet

The Pixel C pill, with its aluminum shell and brushed metallic look, looks like a high-finish machine. With the keyboard hooked up, it seems to be as if anyone shrunk a Pixel laptop computer right down to pill measurement – right down to the sunshine strip on prime of the pill and the plastic nubs on the underside of the keyboard, which look precisely like these on the Pixel Chromebook.

This can be a strong construct if there ever was one. You pay a little bit of a price for that, although. At half a kilo (or 1.1 kilos for these of you who haven’t gone metric but), the Pixel C pill doesn’t really feel heavy, however it’s not precisely light-weight both. Add one other 399 grams for the keyboard and you find yourself with a considerably hefty combo.


The Pixel model has all the time been concerning the screen and the C is not any exception. When you flip the pill on, ignoring the keyboard for now, the very first thing you’ll discover is the screen. It features a 10-inch, 2560×1800 decision screen (that works out to a pleasant 306 pixels per inch), with a 1500:1 distinction ratio.

It’s a gorgeous screen. It’s additionally one of many brightest screens I’ve seen on a pill. It’s truly so shiny, it’ll harm your eyes if you take a look at it with the brightness cranked up all the best way. Regardless of all of this, Google says it nonetheless managed to maintain power consumption low.

The screen has a little bit of an uncommon facet ratio. One to the sq. root of two — that’s the identical because the European A4 paper measurement. Particularly in panorama mode, that seems like a very good ratio for shopping the online and dealing on paperwork. With this ratio, you might cut up the screen in half and nonetheless get the identical ratio once more (solely switching from panorama to portrait). That may be very best for a cut up-screen view, however whereas this feature made a brief look in a number of the Marshmallow betas, it didn’t make it into the ultimate launch.

As for the C’s efficiency, there are not any surprises right here. No one goes to name it a slouch. With its Nvidia Tegra K1 and 3GB of RAM, every part works simply as easily as you’d anticipate it to.


Identical to all of Google’s latest units, the C makes use of a USB Sort C port for charging. Google says the battery ought to final a superb 10 hours and whereas we haven’t carried out any formal exams but, that quantity does sound about proper.

The C comes with the newest version of Android Marshmallow and it’s just about an ordinary construct. The one distinction I observed is that the house and again buttons are on the underside-left aspect, with the duty switcher on the appropriate.

To see how Google likes to go just a little bit overboard with the Pixel line, simply take a look at the 4 microphones it constructed into the pill — all of that simply to ensure it may possibly hear your “OK Google” instructions. The audio system, on the opposite hand, are loud sufficient, however gained’t blow you away.


The Keyboard

At $ 149, you’re allowed to anticipate fairly a bit from the keyboard. It’s small however after a couple of days of utilizing it, it’s grown on me. The keys are a bit shallower than I’d like, nevertheless it’s fairly usable general. I’ve the identical grievance about most chicklet-type keyboards, and besides for his or her measurement, Google’s keys right here aren’t truly all that totally different from these on an Apple keyboard.

Surprisingly, even the additional small ‘tab’ and ‘return’ keys work simply high quality in every day use. For probably the most half, although, Google stored probably the most-typically-used keys at a daily measurement.

The defining feature of the Pixel C/keyboard mixture is the way you connect them. In contrast to on the Floor, there isn’t any hinge on the pill itself. As an alternative, it’s on the keyboard. You merely align the pill with the keyboard they usually’ll click collectively. All of that is held along with magnets. And people magnets are robust. I’ve caught the C on a metallic door to check them and there was no approach it was going to drop. Equally, I by no means frightened concerning the pill by chance detaching from the keyboard.

The keyboard and pill join over Bluetooth, so there are not any connectors, and the keyboard expenses inductively out of your pill when the 2 are hooked up. Meaning you by no means have to fret about charging it.

It’s additionally fairly satisfying to smash the combo over your knee to disconnect the pill from the keyboard.

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Is It Any Good?

The pill/keyboard combo makes extra sense than I first anticipated — and I’ll admit that I by no means used an Android pill with a keyboard earlier than.

I used the C as my foremost machine over the previous few days and was capable of just about do all the things I wanted to work. What’s lacking is a cut up-screen view in Android and that’s a disgrace, provided that the screen can be good for that.

There’s a marketplace for the C, however I feel it’ll be a small one. The Pixel Chromebooks have been meant to point out what you possibly can construct if you don’t reduce corners to maintain the price down — the C is supposed to showcase what that might appear to be for a high-finish Android productiveness pill. It’s the Android Tablet for the CEO — assuming your CEO makes use of Android.

Source : TechCrunch