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Google Pixel C review

Hardware looks good and simple. However what’s genuinely new and attention-grabbing about the Pixel C is the optionally available Bluetooth keyboard accessory. It’s a $149 gadget that’s more gadgetry any mainstream piece of consumer hardware We’ve used in years.

Together with the new Nexus smartphones, Google introduced the newest addition to their tablet portfolio in late September. But, in a rather stunning move, this tablet doesn’t characteristic the Nexus branding, however, is as an alternative the newest addition to the Pixel sequence, regardless of being an Android system.

The Pixel C begins at $500 and has a high-end design, spectacular display, quick efficiency and long-lasting battery. (UK and Australian pricing has but to be introduced, however, the US value converts to around £335 or AU$695.) However with curiosity in tablets decreasing increasingly yearly, Google’s greatest effort at a high-end tablet might fall upon deaf ears.

Google Pixel C ‘Design’

Having been designed by the Pixel staff, it isn’t shocking that the Pixel C shares a lot of its design language with its laptop counterpart, and actually, with the extra keyboard connected to the tablet, the gadget nearly seems to be like a mini Chromebook Pixel. The tablet options the long-lasting minimalistic Pixel design language, together with the brushed aluminum construct, together with the multi-colored gentle bar on the again. Like with the Chromebook Pixel, this gentle bar can be utilized to verify to battery standing by tapping on it.

You don’t even get a fingerprint scanner, a characteristic that Google’s included in its newest duo of smartphones after offering devoted assist for the digit-reading tech with Android Marshmallow. It feels a little bit like a missed alternative.

With the Pixel C held in panorama orientation, the ability/lock secret’s situated on the left of the highest edge, whereas the amount rocker sits excessive up on the left, with a USB-C port on the backside of the identical face.

Admittedly, the design of the Pixel C isn’t greater than the usual slate type that we’re used to, and it is probably not the lightest tablet on the earth, however, its elegant minimalism is what is certain to catch the attention. It additionally feels completely strong, and with each inch of this tablet put collectively very effectively, this machine definitely screams prime quality.

The design then is pleasant to the attention, however, the Pixel C nonetheless can’t hold a dip to the iPad Air 2. Apple’s flagship tablet simply feels nicer, seems to be slicker and weighs less. I actually like the Pixel C’s design, however, put it next to the iPad and Apple still wins the sweetness contest.

Google Pixel C ‘Display’

Thus far, so good then, however, Google’s not finished there. The screen on the Pixel C is 25% brighter than leading tablets (according to checks by DisplayMate). It will probably go as much as 500 units, which makes outdoors viewing more viable – although it’s still not good.

The screen has additionally been enhanced with Low-Temperature PolySilicon technology. “What the hell does that imply?” I hear you cry. Properly, it’s excellent news for the battery, because it helps to maintain the display’s power consumption down.

The Google Pixel C packs a 10.2-inch display, which is bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and 8.9-inch Nexus 9 displays, however, smaller than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4 screens.

The Pixel C comes with a size 10.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 2560 x 1800 decision, leading to a pixel density of 308 ppi. As is the case with the remainder of the tablet, this display is a completely high notch and looks incredible. It is vitally sharp and easy to read, colors are vibrant and saturated but without being overly so, and it will get bright sufficient to allow for comfortable outside visibility. The big display is perfect for browsing the web, watching videos, and playing games, and with an uncommon aspect ratio of 1:√2, you get loads of width for media consumption in both the portrait and landscape orientations.

How it looks and feels

Google’s Pixel C is sleek, lightweight, and powerful. It’s a part of the Pixel family just like Google’s Chromebook laptops, which explains why the Pixel C features a related brushed metal design. It even has the identical glowing light bar because the Chromebook Pixel, which is a thin layer located on the back of the tablet that lights up in Google’s signature colors when the display is turned on. This light bar also helps as a battery indicator — if the tablet is just 50% charged, the bar will only be illuminated halfway.

The tablet itself bears some resemblance to Microsoft’s Surface 3, however with a smaller and sharper screen. The Pixel C comes with a 10.2-inch display size with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,800, whereas the Surface 3’s 10.8-inch screen features a 1920 x 1280 resolution.

The Pixel C’s screen is stunning and sharp. Colors look rich and vibrant from every angle while the display sometimes catches glare due to its glossy look.

Google Pixel C ‘Performance and hardware’

The Pixel C runs with the latest version of Android Marshmallow 6.0. The interface revolves around Google apps and, as a heavy user of these services, We found it very handy.

Below the hood, the Pixel C comes with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, clocked at 1.9 GHz, and support by the Nvidia Maxwell GPU and 3 GB of RAM.

The Pixel C comes with 32 GB or 64 GB built-in storage options, however with no expandable storage via microSD card attainable, users which have storage concerns should go for the upper choice, despite the hefty premium that it warrants.

ANDROID NEEDS SERIOUS WORK ON TABLETS

One massive drawback is that a lot of the apps I use on Android tablets still aren’t actually optimized for tablets. Most of the apps are comprised of wide, wasted expanses of open space which can be technically designed for any screen dimension however actually aren’t utilizing all this screen actual estate. That’s problematic with third-party apps, but it surely’s unforgivable from Google’s own apps. Hangouts, the perennially forgotten child of Mountain View, is a mess on this device. Also, Google Docs (presumably the app best suited to this keyboard) feels more like a phone app than something I can do real work in

Complaining that Android is missing tablet apps is the previous hat, however, that’s not even the most important problem here. No, it’s that Android and the Pixel C have a hair-on-fire screaming need for some form of a split-screen solution. Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple have all figured this out, however, there’s not any kind of the solution inside Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Heck, the √2 aspect ratio of the Pixel C’s screen is mainly designed to be break up in half, but there’s no option to take action here.

Bad Bluetooth connections and rogue latency are the sort of thing that could be fixed and improved with a minor OS update — or so I’d like to hope. However Android doesn’t want a minor OS to replace to get up to snuff on tablets, it needs a major one.

It’s clear that Google paid consideration to the small print when creating the Pixel C. For example, the power and volume buttons are simple to reach whether you’re holding the device in portrait or landscape mode. Consumers are more likely to appreciate little touches like that.

Google Pixel C ‘Keyboard’

In the event you’re trying to get essentially the most out of this tablet, it’s undoubtedly a good thought to choose up the optional keyboard that’s out there. The tablet attaches to the keyboard using some very robust magnets, and you’ll then alter the “display” to no matter angle you discover perfect. It doesn’t shut like a laptop, however, and as a substitute, you’ll have to detach the tablet and place it face down on the keyboard to shut it.

For an additional £119 (US$149, around AU$200) you may complement your Pixel C with a full-size keyboard, which has additionally been designed and constructed by Google, alongside the tablet.

One of the best function of the keyboard is an automatic pairing. There’s no need to fiddle with Bluetooth settings, or switching off the keyboard when it’s not in use – the Pixel C simply is aware of when the keyboard is connected. Just be sure Bluetooth is on, and the slate will do the rest.

Google Pixel C ‘Specification’

OS

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Size and Weight

242 x 179 x 7mm

0.517 kg

Material

Anodized Aluminum

Touch Screen

LTPS LCD

In-cell touchscreen

10.2 inches

2560 x 1800 (308 PPI)

500 nits

Processor & memory

Nvidia Tegra XI 64-bit processor

3 GB, LPDDR4 memory

Battery

34.2 WHr

Storage

32 GB and 64 GB*

Ports & connectors

USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio

Wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)

Bluetooth 4.1 + HS

Wireless requires 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac acess point (router). Syncing services, such as backup, require a Google account.

Camera

8 MP Rear camera, 2 MP Front camera

Charger

USB Type-C™ charger

Graphics

256-core Maxwell GPU

Audio

Stereo speakers

Quad noise-cancelling microphones

3.5 mm audio out

Sensors

Ambient Light

Gyroscope

Accelerometer

Compass

Hall

Proximity

Specs versus the competition

Google Pixel CApple iPad Air 2Microsoft Surface 3Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7 inch)
Display10.2 inches, 2,560×1,800-pixel resolution9.7 inches, 2,048×1,536-pixel resolution10.8 inch, 1,920×1,280-pixel resolution9.7 inches, 2,048×1,536-pixel resolution
Pixel density308 ppi264 ppi214 ppi264 ppi
Dimensions (imperial)9.5×7.04×0.2 inches9.4×6.6×0.24 inches10.52×7.36×0.34 inches9.34×6.6×0.22 inches
Dimensions (metric)242x179x7 millimeters240×169.5×6.1 millimeters267x187x8.7 millimeters237.3x169x5.6 millimeters
Weight1.14 pounds (517 grams)0.96 pounds (437 grams)1.27 pounds (622 grams)0.58 pounds (265grams)
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowiOS 9Windows 10Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with Samsung’s TouchWiz
ProcessorsNvidia X1 quad-core, Maxwell GPU64-bit A8X, M8 motion coprocessor1.6GHz Intel Atom x7-Z8700 CPU, IntelExynos Octa 5433 (1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A53; 1.9GHz quad-core Cortex A57)
Storage32GB, 64GBup to 128GBup to 128GB32GB, 64GB
RAM3GB2GBup to 4GB3GB
Battery12 hours 42 minutes of video playbackTBD, estimated at over 10 hours mixed use7 hours 41 minutes of video playback12 hours 42 minutes of video playback
Starting Price$500$499$499$500

Comparability chart via Cnet

Where can I buy this and what’s the price?

The Pixel C is available now at Google’s Store. You possibly can choose up the Pixel C in two models, 32GB and 64GB. The 32GB version will set you back £399, (US$499, around AU$680), whereas the bigger storage size is out there for £479 (US$599, around AU$820).


Positives
  • Iconic pixel design/build quality
  • Large vibrant display
  • Dual stereo speakers
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Keyboard is easy to type on
  • USB Type C

Negatives
  • No microSD slot or 4G model
  • Mediocre camera
  • Expensive price tag
  • Keyboard responsiveness can be laggy
  • Heavy
  • Keyboard is pricey option

 

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