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Title: Google Pixel C
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Speakers : The Pixel C is slim, and has dual stereo speakers. Keyboard: The keyboard cover has an adjustable kickstand tha...

Speakers : The Pixel C is slim, and has dual stereo speakers.
Keyboard: The keyboard cover has an adjustable kickstand that lets you tilt the tablet to various angles.
Kickstand: The Pixel C tablet attaches to its kickstand magnetically.

Case: The Pixel C snaps into a cover that has a roomy four-row keyboard.

Magnets: Then, you flip over the tablet to mate it with the kickstand's magnets....
Complete: Finally, you snap it into place on the magnet and fold it up.
 Attachment: Attaching the Pixel C to its keyboard is a strange process. First, you slide it off of the keyboard when it's in Case mode...
Camera: There's an 8-megapixel camera on the Pixel C's all-metal back.

USB-C: The Pixel C has a single USB-C port for all of your connectivity needs.

It’s every bit as impressive inside, too, thanks to Nvidia’s fast Tegra X1 processor and 3 gigs of RAM. The Pixel C has everything you’d ever want in an Android tablet, from nice stereo speakers (when you hold it in landscape mode) to updated Wi-Fi support. Its USB Type-C port is for charging, but it’ll also connect external devices. The C runs Android Marshmallow, which is generally a terrific operating system. I have some quibbles, like the hilariously tiny power button I can never find in fewer than six tries, and I’m constantly annoyed that there’s no fingerprint reader anywhere, but for the most part Google built an ideal tablet. Meaning, mostly, that you never have to think about anything but the screen.

The C’s 10.2-inch, 2560×1800 screen is as good a screen as you’ll find. That’s nothing to brag about—you can, and should, expect great screens on every device you use. What’s more interesting is its 1:√2 aspect ratio. Rather than Apple’s 4:3 height-to-width measurement, or many other tablets’ 16:9, Google chose to mimic a standard piece of A4 paper. The aspect ratio makes the Pixel C a lot more usable in both orientations. It’s never too wide, and never too tall. You get a little more space for Web browsing or reading without getting giant letterboxes every time you want to watch a video. It feels just right.
Long-term, there are other implications as well. When you fold a piece of A4 paper, the two halves share the same aspect ratio as the whole sheet. Fold them again, all four pieces match. (And so on.) Someday soon, the 1:√2 aspect ratio could let you have two, four, 16 apps open in neat windows exactly the same size. Such multitasking is crucial for the work-friendly tablet future Google imagines, and it’s exactly how a “highly experimental” split-screen mode, buried in Android, appears to operate. But for me, you, and everyone else using Android, none of it works now.

Let’s Get Down to Business

The Work Tablet is Silicon Valley’s new favorite hardware idea—if not to use, then at least to sell you. The Work Tablet is the touchscreen you can take into the boardroom. It’s the one device for everything in your life. You watch movies on it, read books on it, play games on it, do spreadsheets on it, check email on it, draw and write and code and chat on it. Microsoft has the Surface; every other Windows manufacturer has something like the Surface; Apple has the iPad Pro. They’re trying to find a new market for tablets, and trying to figure out what the future of work looks like. Google’s first Work Tablet is the Pixel C.
By itself, the Pixel C is just a tablet. It’s not even a whoa-huge tablet like the iPad Pro. Other than the space-adding aspect ratio, there’s nothing here to make you think gosh, I could use this to get some work done. It only becomes a Work Tablet when you add the $149 keyboard.

Tablet and accessory look great together, both silver and metallic on the outside and black on the inside. And the way they connect is sort of genius: Put the Pixel C down so the bottom of its back lines up with the wide, empty space above the keyboard. With a magnetic thunk, the two pieces come together, and then you just pull the tablet up like a laptop screen. It can sit at almost any angle, and won’t disconnect unless you really, really want it to. When you’re done, flip the tablet face-down and use the keyboard as a screen-protecting cover for the Pixel C. The two parts pair automatically, and if you’ve turned Bluetooth off, it’ll prompt you to reconnect as soon as the magnets collide.

More likely, you’re better off buying a Surface Pro 4 or an iPad Pro. Those are the Work Tablets worth owning, the ones that take a touchscreen and turn it into something more powerful and more productive. They have great accessories (with full-size keyboards), and software that understands what people want when they want to work.
A Work Tablet isn’t just a tablet with a keyboard. And right now, even the best Android tablet isn’t a great tablet—not until Google fixes Android. So here’s hoping Google forces every Android engineer to use a Pixel C full-time, starting right now. Maybe then they’ll see the potential, and build an Android worthy of this lovely tablet.

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