Google’s New Pixel C Tablet


Google’s Surface competitor — the 10.2 inch
Pixel C Android tablet — is going on sale today, starting at $499 for the 32 GB version
and an extra $149 for the keyboard. I spent the last couple of days with it as my main
machine to find out if it’s any good. Google’s Pixel brand used to only stand
for high-end Chromebooks, but in September, Google surprised us all with the Pixel C – a
high-end Android tablet with an optional bluetooth keyboard.
If you think that sounds a little bit like Microsoft’s surface tablet — or Apple’s
iPad Pro, you’re not alone. It’s impossible not to compare the C with them. First impressions: the Pixel C with its aluminium
shell is a high-end machine. With the keyboard attached, it looks as if somebody shrunk a
Pixel laptop down to tablet size – down to the light strip on top of the tablet and
the plastic nubs on the bottom of the keyboard. The build is really solid. That does means the tablet/keyboard combo
has a bit of heft, though. At half a kilo, It’s not heavy by any means, but you won’t
forget that you’re carrying it with you. The keyboard doesn’t come standard with
the tablet, so let’s look at the tablet first. The first thing you’ll notice when you start
up the C is the screen. It’s a 10-inch 2560×1800 resolution screen that’s simply gorgeous.
It’s also one of the brightest screens I’ve seen on a tablet. It’s actually so bright,
it’ll probably hurt your eyes when you look at it with the brightness cranked up all the
way. Google says it still managed to keep energy consumption really low. The screen has a bit of an unusual aspect
ratio. One to the square root of two — that’s the same as the European A4 paper size. Especially
in landscape mode, that feels like a really good ratio for browsing the web and working
on documents. As for performance, nobody is going to call
the C slow. With its Nvidia Tegra K1 and 3GB of Ram, everything works just as smoothly
as you would expect it to. Just like all of Google’s newest devices,
the C uses a USB Type C port for charging. Google says the battery should last a good
10 hours and while we haven’t done any formal tests yet, that number does sound about right. The C comes with the latest version of Android
Marshmallow and it’s pretty much a standard build. The only major difference I noticed is that
the home and back button are on the bottom left side, with the task switcher on the right. To see how Google likes to go a bit overboard
with the Pixel line, just look at the four microphones it built into the tablet — all
of that just to make sure that it can hear your OK Google commands. What about the keyboard? It’s small but
after a few days of using it, it’s grown on me. The keys are a bit shallower than I’d
like, but it’s quite usable. Google kept the most often used keys at a
regular size. That means your enter and tab keys are really small now, but otherwise you
probably won’t notice much of a difference in daily use. What’s really cool is how you attach the
keyboard to the tablet. There is no hinge on the tablet – everything is held together
with magnets and a stiff hinge on the keyboard. And those magnets are strong and they are
both in the keyboard and the tablet. Indeed, you could easily stick the C on a metal board.The
keyboard and tablet connect over bluetooth, so there are no connectors. It charges inductively
from your tablet when the two are attached. That means you never have to worry about charging
the keyboard. I have to admit, it’s also pretty satisfying
to break the combo over your knee to disconnect tablet and keyboard. But how much sense does the tablet/keyboard
combo make? More than I first expected. I used the C as
my main machine over the last few days and was able to pretty much do everything I needed
to to do my work. What’s missing for me is a split-screen view in Android and that’s
a shame, given that the screen would be perfect for that. At one point, this feature actually
existed in the Marshmallow beta, but it didn’t make it into the final release. Is there a market for the C? I think it’ll
be a small one.

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18 thoughts on “Google’s New Pixel C Tablet

  1. The moment he spoke out "one thousand eighty resolution" instead of just saying ten eighty p I was done unsubscribed and every thing

  2. Is this an ad? Didn't talk about hot it was used or experience using android as the main operating system for one main working responsibilities. Did not learn anything new about the device at all that isn't in google's promotional material. Press release, in video form!

  3. Actually the most balanced review on the net despite the mistake. Actually has used it. I don't need a run down of android 6.0 as loads of those around!

  4. Pixel C with same price (or cheaper) and CHROME OS instead of ANDROID I'd BUY THAT ANYDAY! but fuck Google doesn't wanna create a sexy chome OS tablet for some stupid ass reason.

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