The Google Pixel Tablet not only undercuts the price of the iPad of the 10th generation by $50, but it also includes a one-of-a-kind charging dock that not only improves the tablet’s acoustic capabilities, but also transforms the tablet into a sort of smart home centre.
The Google Pixel Tablet is also driven by Google’s Tensor G2 chip, which is the same processor that is used in the company’s flagship phones. This enables some cool functions, such as the ability to edit photos and recognize voice. But before you go out and spend $500, you’ll want to read the remainder of my review of the Google Pixel Tablet and see how it compares to other tablets on the market that are considered to be among the finest.
Google Pixel Tablet Specifications
With the Pixel Tablet, Google is making a comeback to the tablet industry, but they’re doing it in a unique way. The Amazon Echo Show 10 and the Google Nest Hub Max are just two of the smart displays it competes with when used with the accompanying Speaker Dock.
|Display||10.1-inch QHD AMOLED|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx|
|Storage||128 GB / 256 GB|
|Operating System||Android 12|
|Battery Life||Up to 12 hours|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C|
|Camera||12.2 MP rear, 8 MP front|
|Audio||Dual stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack|
Google Pixel Tablet: Design
The Google Pixel Tablet looks a lot like the Google Nest Hub Max, but it’s a little bit bigger. (The Nest Hub Max has a smaller screen than the Pixel Tablet, but its base is bigger.) The Pixel Tablet’s fabric-covered base sits at a slight angle, making it easy to see when you’re sitting on your couch. The tablet’s wide viewing angles also help in this way.
The bezels on the Tablet are about a half-inch wide, which is about the same as the borders on the 10th-generation iPad. The tablet’s case has a slightly rough texture that’s not gritty enough to be unpleasant, but helped keep the tablet safe in my sweaty hands
Google Pixel Tablet: Display
The 11-inch, 2560 x 1600 screen on the Google Pixel Tablet was bright and clear. When I used the Disney+ app to watch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the bright reds and jade greens in the town of Ta Lo really stood out. It also had a wide viewing angle, so I could sit far from the middle of the screen and still see all the colors correctly. It’s great when you’re watching a movie with a partner, or trying to have a video call and cram your entire family next to you.
As nice as I thought the Pixel Tablet looked, its performance on our display tests was at best average. It was outshined by its closest competitors. Its brightness of 433 nits was at least 30 nits lower than the next dimmest tablet, the Galaxy Tab 8, and its sRGB color of 105.4 was lower than all but the iPad 10-gen (101.2).
Google Pixel Tablet: Cameras
The Pixel Tablet has two cameras that are the same. Both the front and back cameras have an f/2.0 lens, a field of view of 84 degrees, and can take 1080p video at 30 frames per second. You can take face photos with a blurry background with the camera on the front, but you can’t do that with the camera on the back. Portrait mode photos weren’t perfect, but they were good enough. The areas around the subject, including the messy hair, had sharp lines.
Software and Performance
For years, I’ve wished for a tablet running Google’s latest colorful and undulating take on Android, and now I have one in the form of the Pixel Tablet. I’m just not sure if it’s going to live up to my expectations. Material design by Google Your style, with its large, circular touch targets and quirky accents, isn’t as appealing to me on this larger screen as it is on a mobile device. Material A tablet makes you feel less like a tool and more like a toy. It’s not something we’re fond of. It could be due to the fact that there is more room to work with on a tablet.
Samsung’s use of the expanded space is superior to that of Google’s. The Pixel Tablet’s side by side app functionality makes multitasking a breeze. As long as the programs you’re using have this capability, it’s great. Alternatively, modern Samsung Galaxy Tabs have the ability to multitask (using up to three apps at once) and to place apps in floating windows (making the most of the screen real estate available).
Google Pixel Tablet: Battery and Charging
The Pixel Tablet has a 27 watt-hour battery, which Google claims will last for 12 hours of continuous video playback. From what I’ve seen, that seems to be the case; however, testing it requires you to not use the tablet in the way it was designed to be used, namely, on its dock.
However, since it was designed for a specific task, you won’t have to worry about battery life. When you put it down, it automatically begins charging, so don’t even bother taking it anyplace. Unless you tend to play games on tablets for hours and hours on end, battery life shouldn’t ever be an issue.
Price and Availability
The Google Pixel Tablet with Charging Speaker Dock is currently available for purchase, starting at $499. You can purchase a tablet with 256GB of storage space instead of 128GB storage space for an additional $100. It is offered in three different shades: white (Porcelain), pink (Rose), and greenish grey (Hazel). You can find one on Google, or at any number of retail outlets.
Perhaps there is still hope for Android tablets. Perhaps all that was necessary to make them functional was a docking station and a kickstand or hanger. But despite its name, the Pixel Tablet is far more interesting as a smart display than as a tablet. With a charging speaker dock and an optional $80 case, Google’s newest device is much more appealing.
Google Pixel Tablet review: The good and The bad
The display of the 11-inch Google Pixel Tablet, which had a resolution of 2560 by 1600, was pleasingly bright and sharp.
- Good photo quality
- Strong photo editing features
- Average performance
Questions and Answers
With the Pixel Tablet docked in a speaker system, you have access to high-quality sound and may use it as a personal DJ. Hub Mode is the place to be at home. When your tablet is locked and docked, Hub Mode enables it to function as a digital photo frame, smart home controls, and hands-free Google Assistant assistant.
Some users may find the Pixel Tablet’s current refresh rate of 60Hz slow when compared to the displays of more modern smartphones, which typically feature a refresh rate of 90-120Hz.