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2 months ago

What you need to know from that Pixel C Reddit AMA

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Google's Pixel team this week took to Reddit for an AMA (that's "ask me anything," for those not in the know). AMA's are an excellent way to promote things, and for fans of those things to interact with the folks who make the things that are being promoted. Ask a good question, and maybe it'll be answered.

And in this case it was interesting to get even more confirmation that perhaps the Pixel C was destined for something more than life as a well-built Android tablet with an optional keyboard — but things went a little off the rails somewhere along the way.

There weren't really any jaw-droppers here — the closest things to headline-worthy answers really were just confirmations of things we've known for months — but some news is better than none.

So let's flip through the best of the best.

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2 months ago

The tale of two keyboards: Which Pixel C typing cover is for you?

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Do you need a $149 keyboard for this shiny new tablet? Maybe.

The new Pixel C has a couple of keyboard covers available for it. Both are $149, and both are currently the only official way to protect the display of the tablet. The good news is that both are pretty capable — and technologically interesting — keyboards. The question is whether you really need one to make the most of the Pixel C as a product.

And that's always been the case with Android tablets. This hardly is the first one to have a dedicated keyboard — the Nexus 9 we've been using for the past year had one as well (and similarly priced at $129). That may well go into your decision whether to update to the Pixel C, and whether to shell out for a keyboard.

The two currently available are in many ways similar, but they also have very different functionality.

Let's take a quick look.

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2 months ago

First things to know about the Pixel C

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It's a Google tablet, which feels both familiar and a little different.

Google's Pixel C — its first completely in-house tablet — is now shipping. And as it's been more than a year since we've had a new Google tablet — the HTC Nexus 9 was the previous one — a lot of folks are looking at this one as their next not-quite-a-laptop solution.

The Pixel C, as you'll recall, is a 10.2-inch tablet with a slightly strange 1:√2 — that's the square root of 2 — aspect ratio. Well, it's odd for tablets, perfectly normal for a standard sheet of paper, which is what Google was going for. (It also means that you have the same aspect ratio when the display is chopped in half, which makes perfect sense for side-by-side windows, which Android doesn't have but eventually will at some point. But we digress.) It's powered by the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with a Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM, and has a 2560x1800 resolution.

It's an impressive, but also confounding, tablet.

We've been poring over the Pixel C for a bit now and have some initial thoughts. (And a few answers that came from a recent Reddit AMA with the Pixel C team.)

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2 months ago

We're answering your Pixel C questions in the forums!

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We've got a shiny new Pixel C with a couple keyboards. You've got questions. And so we're answering the heck out of them in our forums today, and until such time as we no longer answer anymore questions because of daylight, dehydration, or both.

So if you've got questions about the brand new Pixel C, now's the time to ask them. In the forums. Click here to do so.

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2 months ago

Google fully introduces the Pixel C, with complete details and availability

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Google has finally officially unveiled the Pixel C. The tablet was first shown off at the end of September, but Google didn't give a ton of information at the time about it. The tablet is now officially available, and ready to be purchased. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Pixel C features a 10.2-inch display that is one of the brightest tablets out there. Additionally, the tablet has security benefits, 10+ hour battery life and much more.

But what really makes the Pixel C unique is the full-size keyboard, which is designed to fit perfectly with the tablet. It attaches seamlessly with magnets, and automatically connects via bluetooth. When the tablet and keyboard are closed together, the keyboard charges wirelessly and automatically—so you never have to worry about it running out of juice. And when you don't need to type, the keyboard tucks securely behind the tablet with magnets—out of the way but close by for when you need it.

You can grab the Pixel C now from the Google Store, and if you purchase it fast enough you can even have it in time for the holidays.

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2 months ago

Google Pixel C specs

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The Pixel C is the latest tablet from Google, and unlike previous Nexus-branded tablets this one has a bit of a different feel to it because it comes from the Pixel line — which previously just included Chromebooks. With an odd aspect ratio, removable keyboard and solid specs, it's an interesting device for sure — here's everything under the metal that keeps it running.

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2 months ago

The Pixel C is now available from the Google Store starting at $499

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The wait is over, you can now purchase the Pixel C. First announced back in September, the Pixel C is the next-gen tablet that is 100 percent Google, and it comes packing some impressive specs inside. With a 10.2-inch display that has a resolution of 2560x1800, the tablet comes equipped with NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor that is paired with 3GB of RAM.

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2 months ago

Factory images for Android 6.0.1 are now available for Nexus devices

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Factory images for the Android 6.0.1 update containing the new emoji are now available for a variety of Nexus phones and tablets.

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2 months ago

Amazon's new $250 Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition tablet is made for ebook lovers

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People who love to read ebooks, but also want to get a full-featured tablet instead of an ereader, might want to check out Amazon's newest member of the Fire tablet family. The Fire HD 8 Reader's Edition, priced at $249.99, is designed to make it easier to read ebooks, especially at night, with its Blue Shade feature.

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2 months ago

Amazon brings its Fire Tablet to China, available now for ¥499

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Amazon has announced that its latest Fire Tablet, which is the most affordable one from the company yet, is now available in China. In addition to bringing the tablet to China, Amazon is announcing a new agreement with Baidu to bring search, apps and online video experience to customers.

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2 months ago

Expansys UK has a sweet 32GB Nexus 9 bundle for Black Friday

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British bargain hunters this Black Friday should head over to Expansys if a tablet is something you're looking for, as the online retailer has a great deal on a Nexus 9. You can snag a bundle of a 32GB Nexus 9 in Sand, a Chromecast and a free Magic Cover for the reduced price of £269.99. It's a first generation Chromecast and is "refurbished," but it's still a good deal.

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2 months ago

Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet discounted to $35, Fire HD 6 now on sale for $69

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Amazon's 7-inch Fire is already one of the most affordable tablets money can buy, but the retailer is knocking an additional $15 off the price of the tablet. The Fire is now available for just $35 in the US, and £35 in the UK.

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2 months ago

Vodafone UK's Black Friday deals include the Moto G 2015 for £17 a month

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Vodafone UK has kicked off its Black Friday deals, offering discounts on pay as you go handsets as well as monthly plans. Notable promotions include a £15 reduction in the monthly plan of the Moto G 2015, and a price cut on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

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2 months ago

Google Store slashes prices of Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, Chromebooks, and much more

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Google Store has kicked off its Black Friday promotion, offering a discount of $80 on the Nexus 5X. You can now pick up the 16GB model for just $299, with the 32GB version available for $349. Retailer B&H Photo is also running a similar deal, throwing in a $25 gift card as well.

Update: Amazon has the 16GB Nexus 5X for $299. Prime customers get free 2-day shipping.

Buy 16GB Nexus 5X at Amazon ($299)

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2 months ago

The best Android tablets

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These are the best Android tablets you can buy right now. We've got them side-by-side for a quick and easy comparison.

You're on the hunt for the best Android tablet out there, and we're going to help you out. Whether you're looking for something slim and compact, or a big-screen beauty bordering on laptop replacement, we're rounding up the best of the best.

The diversity of the Android ecosystem means there is likely something to suit everyone. Large tablets, small tablets, those that don't cost so much, those that are the bleeding edge. Whatever it is you're looking for this little list is what we consider to be the cream of the crop.

Update: For February 2016 there's no change to the list, but with Mobile World Congress right around the corner, there's a chance we might have some cool new tablets on the way very soon.

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