Google’s latest tablet is its greatest yet. In fact, the Pixel C hands down is the most powerful Android tablet I’ve ever used. The real question here isn’t if the Pixel C is the best tablet, it’s “who cares”?
The Pixel C starts at $500 and has a high-end design, spectacular screen, fast performance and long-lasting battery. (UK and Australian pricing has yet to be announced, but the US price converts to around £335 or AU$695.) But with interest in tablets decreasing more and more every year, Google’s best effort at a high-end tablet may fall upon deaf ears. With the
As a standalone tablet, its aluminum design is both elegant and solid. When combined with its optional magnetic Bluetooth keyboard ($150), which is made of the same material, the tablet turns into a productivity-geared hybrid. Its duality — and $500 starting price — makes it ripe to compete against theMicrosoft Surface 3 and the iPad Air 2. The problem is, that’s like comparing apples and oranges. The Surface is powerful enough to replace a laptop, whereas the iPad works best for leisure activities, like gaming and streaming video. The Pixel C exists somewhere between the two.
The Pixel C is hands down the best Android tablet today. It earns a place near the top of the charts and rivals the iPad Air 2 for the title of overall best tablet. If you’re interested in a tablet for work, the strength of its performance will depend on your needs. But if I had to pick between the two, I’d go with the Google Pixel C due to its exceptionally designed keyboard, gorgeous screen and speedy performance.
Where can I buy this and what’s the price?
The Pixel C is available now at Google’s Store starting at $500 with 32GB of onboard storage. There’s also a 64GB version priced at $600, which converts to £400 or AU$835.
The optional keyboard is also available at Google and costs $149, which converts to about £100 or AU$205.
Google has consistently released great Android tablets in partnership with the likes of Asus and HTC, but this is the first time the company has built its own model from the ground up. From the looks of it, Google should’ve been designing its own tablets all along.
The Pixel C has an anodized aluminum frame that looks as luxe as any Apple tablet. It’s fashionably matte, smooth and solid. In order to allow space for a large battery, the Pixel C is thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2, though the difference isn’t dramatic to the naked eye. I found both similarly comfortable to hold for long periods of time.