Reviewing The Google Pixel C

Sourcing its power from a brawny Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, the Pixel C is rightly described as the first Android tablet which specifically Google has built independently. It drags interest from the sight of the viewer with very convincing features like its attractive display, well-durable battery as well as detachable design. Although I find it consequential that the Android platform evolves so as to add on the functionality of enable improved productivity, this said, one would be allowed to say this could turn out to be a perfect device for Google service users.

Reviewing The Google Pixel C

Reviewing The Google Pixel C Review

Design

Reviewing the Google Pixel C

Reviewing the Google Pixel C:Design

Sporting sleek, anodized aluminum shell as well as thin indicator lights, the Pixel C is a minimalist take on tablet design which we would be fair to say it is adorable. The tablet’s stereo speakers proudly resides on its sides, as well as its headphone jack assuming its place at the top of its right side. The Pixel C’s USB Type-C port and volume controls are respectively positioned at the top and bottom of its left side, and then the power button could be comfortably seen on the top edge.

In the middle of the bezel above its display is the tablet’s 2-megapixel front camera, and its 5-MP rear shooter could be found on the upper-right corner of its back. Google saw it fit to locate the Pixel C’s status lights at the top of the shell. In the situation where the tablet is off, it is possible to see the tablet’s battery status with the blue, red, yellow and green lights by tapping tap two times on the shell.

Coming at the weight of 1.1 pounds and a measurement of 0.3 inches thick, the Pixel C is thicker yet lighter than the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 (1.5 pounds, 0.18 inches), the Microsoft Surface 3 (1.37 pounds, 0.34 inches) is heavier and thicker while the iPad Pro (1.57 pounds, 0.27 inches).

Display

Reviewing the Google Pixel C :Display

Reviewing the Google Pixel C :Display

When I embarked on watching the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse on the Pixel C’s brilliant 2560 x 1800-pixel display, the tablet left a strong impression on me prodding me sensitively with rich colors and sharp details. If you are familiar with the saturated black shadows that followed Apocalypse, this time they were deep and inky, and then Nightcrawler’s blue skin and Cyclops’ bright red retina blasts were displayed well vividly as well as accurately. Quite hidden details, which include the patterns of Apocalypse’s armor as well as the jagged metal debris floating around Magneto, had this crisp and sharp look.

Reviewing The Google Pixel C Review

When I drew on the Pixel C’s screen in Autodesk SketchBook, the tablet’s honestly didn’t disobey me. But then the sad truth is as I added speed to this activity of tracing spirals with my index finger, I happen to see some hitches in the display’s responsive capacity.

When you measure the Pixel C’s display, we saw that it has 509 nits of brightness. The implication of this is that it is easier as much as brighter read in direct sunlight as compared to the iPad Pro (374 nits), the Surface 3 (407 nits) as well as the Yoga Tab 3 (439 nits).

Pixel C Keyboard

Reviewing the Google Pixel C :Keyboard

Reviewing the Google Pixel C :Keyboard

I guess one requirement here is the purchase of Google’s optional Pixel C Keyboard (which comes at the cost of $149) aside, but I think it is worth it if you think about it. A deep keyboard, full size as well portably balanced weight brings in the reality that you could with comfort use the docked Pixel C in the absence of a hard, flat surface. When I happen to type parts of this review you are reading on the Pixel C on my lap, the keyboard and display, did not move and this was really helpful. I feel this is an improvement as compared to the Surface 3 and the iPad Pro, the aforementioned two keyboards not too cool on our laps.

To realize the feature of the keys being as large as possible, Google switched options from the typically wide Caps Lock button opting for a smaller Search key, erased the presence of the bracket and backslash keys, and then made a reduction to the size of the right Shift, Tab and Enter keys. Yet, I would say the 10.2-inch tablet’s keyboard has this more cramped feel relative to those of the the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 10.8-inch Surface 3 .

The Pixel C Keyboard can make connection over Bluetooth, but it wouldn’t need any work to pair it, this gives you the capacity to type the very instance the display docks with the keyboard. This in disparity to the other Bluetooth devices, this keyboard can do without any batteries owing to the fact that the Pixel C recharges it through means of inductive charging when the two sit in the closed position.

Coming at the weight of 0.88 pounds, the Pixel C Keyboard surely weighs more than the the iPad Pro’s 0.6-pound Smart keyboard and the Surface 3’s 0.6-pound Type Cover.

Performance

Talking about performance

Talking about performance

With 3GB of RAM and a Maxwell GPU, an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, the Pixel C boasted a lot of power under the hood. I was able to stream music in the background from Google Play while I was able to navigate between lots of open tabs in Chrome, a Google Doc, Asphalt 8, Autodesk SketchBook, this I noticed introduce little lag.

In face of this, when I went about playing the processor-intensive racing game Asphalt 8 on its own, the game went on a smooth performance. As the game engulfed the display with an array of car parts blazing at high speed, smashed lane dividers and even shattered glass — without the effect of a lag or technical stutter- it went on a distance to convince me that this was one impressive tablet.

Audio

When I listened to a Frank Ocean playlist on the Pixel C, its stereo speakers marvelously performed to taste with high notes of the chorus of “Thinkin Bout You,” which emanated pretty strongly and accurate too. The tablet pushed out full, sturdy bass for “No Church in The Wild,”.

Android 6.0: Marshmallow

The Pixel C is presented with a neat installation of the most recent version of Android, version 6.0 Marshmallow. Quite on a sad end however, stock Android hasn’t executed the jump to the position of a productivity-ready operating system. What I suspect could catch you more here is the absence of a multitasking split-screen mode. Apple, Samsung, Acer and even Microsoft have done well to enable this feature in tablets.

On Tap, a new feature which was brought forward in Android 6.0 will make suggestion of links on the grounds of what you’re reading- had a cool performance, but then a handful of questionable choices brewed up as it is not at its best though. If you want to bring up On Tap, simply hold down the home button so as to get a recap of a Knicks/Bulls basketball game. This brought up Google Now cards for Knicks players Arron Afflalo and Kristaps Porzingis, I will not forget to add here it also generated links to Dell and Alienware, this leads down to the fact that these companies’ names made their appearance in ads on the page.

Cameras

Talking about Camera quality

Talking about Camera quality

The 2-MP front camera on the Pixel C worked well at its role though I noticed there was significant noise when taking selfies. In photos taken via the tablet’s 5-MP rear shooter during nighttime and daytime, I got to see that the photos which I took at night were much noisier.

Bottom Line

Considering All

Considering All

With its wonderful processor power; rich, beautiful display; lasting battery life; as well as intimidating design, the Pixel C (starting at $500 and $649 with keyboard) sounds like an impressive route for Android users to get a tablet-with-keyboard experience which bears close similarity to the experience Microsoft’s and Apple’s latest tablets usher in. One supposedly addition we would have loved is that Android and its apps went further distance as to supporting keyboards as well as filling larger displays, as well as the fact that the Pixel C Keyboard gave its keys more spacious convenience.

The Surface 3 (beginning at $530 with Type Cover) as well as the iPad Pro (beginning at $969 with Apple Smart Keyboard) boasted enhanced keyboards and even shorter battery life, and wouldn’t really accept their place on your lap, but then each of those tablets provided for mor delightful multitasking as compared to the Pixel C. Users who have the preference for a powerful Android tablet but don’t feel the requirement of a keyboard would resort to getting the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro ($450), which comes with just a little bit lesser battery life sporting a secondary projector display. The Pixel C is wonderful for Android users who are more suited to smaller keyboards, well immersed in Google apps and would love a daring tablet that’s great for gaming.

-Editors’ rating:
The Pros
Powerful process, Brilliant display; Strong hinge and excellent hybrid experience and Long battery life.

The Cons
Android on tablets needs work; as well as a Cramped keyboard

Verdict
The Google Pixel C is a pretty impressive piece of hardware; I humbly think that Android were better optimized for keyboards and tablets.


He's an Associate at JustNaira. He loves to write about technology, business,sport and life, mixed with some randomness of what he would like to share. He's favorite activity is pretending that he can sing.

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