Assessment: Google’s Excessive-Finish Pixel C Pill

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 ten.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 the event you’re prepared to pay the worth — 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 worth, it immediately competes with the iPad Air 2 (although the essential mannequin of the Air solely comes with 32GB of space for storing).

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

Review: Google’s High-End Pixel C Tablet

The Pixel C is now obtainable 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.

In the event you assume this pill/keyboard combo sounds somewhat bit like a Microsoft Floor, or perhaps even Apple’s iPad Professional with a keyboard, you’re not alone. It’s unattainable 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 cellular 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 system first.

Google's New Pixel C Pill

The Pill

The Pixel C pill, with its aluminum shell and brushed metallic look, seems like a excessive-finish machine. With the keyboard hooked up, it seems as if someone 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 worth 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, nevertheless it’s not precisely light-weight both. Add one other 399 grams for the keyboard and you find yourself with a considerably hefty combo.

Review: Google’s High-End Pixel C Tablet

The Pixel model has all the time been concerning the display 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 display. It encompasses a 10-inch, 2560×1800 decision display (that works out to a pleasant 306 pixels per inch), with a 1500:1 distinction ratio.

It’s an attractive display. 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 display 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 looks like a very good ratio for shopping the online and dealing on paperwork. With this ratio, you might cut up the display in half and nonetheless get the identical ratio once more (solely switching from panorama to portrait). That might be very best for a cut up-display view, however whereas this function 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, all the things works simply as easily as you’d anticipate it to.

Review: Google’s High-End Pixel C Tablet

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 very good 10 hours and whereas we haven’t achieved any formal checks but, that quantity does sound about proper. Sadly, it doesn’t function the sort of quick-charging mode we’ve come to anticipate provided that Google used it for the final Pixel Chromebook and its newest Nexus telephones.

The C comes with the newest model of Android Marshmallow and it’s just about a normal 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 suitable.

To see how Google likes to go a bit 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 will possibly hear your “OK Google” instructions. The audio system, then again, are loud sufficient, however gained’t blow you away.

Review: Google’s High-End Pixel C Tablet

The Keyboard

At $149, you’re allowed to anticipate fairly a bit from the keyboard. It’s small however after a number of days of utilizing it, it’s grown on me. The keys are a bit shallower than I’d like, however 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 fantastic in every day use. For probably the most half, although, Google stored probably the most-typically-used keys at a daily measurement.

The defining function 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 on 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 method it was going to drop. Equally, I by no means frightened concerning the pill by accident detaching from the keyboard.

The keyboard and pill join over Bluetooth, so there are not any connectors, and the keyboard fees 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.

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 most important 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-display view in Android and that’s a disgrace, provided that the display 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 worth down — the C is supposed to showcase what that may seem like for a excessive-finish Android productiveness pill. It’s the Android Pill for the CEO — assuming your CEO makes use of Android.