But one way Google got the keyboards to be as good as they are was to do without some of the less common secondary functionality. Some symbols have been moved. And others are missing altogether. And so you'll want to learn some keyboard shortcuts on the Pixel C.
Then there's the matter of navigating Android itself. There's no trackpad on these keyboards, so you'll have to lift your hands from the keys and peck at the screen more than you might like. Or, you can once again use some Pixel C keyboard shortcuts.
Google has a good cheat sheet that's worth taking a look at. But here are the Pixel C keyboard shortcuts we think you need to know above all others:
For navigating Android
Home — Search + Enter
Back — Search + Backspace
Recent apps — Alt + Tab (same as it ever was)
Brackets — Use three dots + o for left bracket [, three dots + p for right bracket ]
Back slash — Three dots + equals =
Escape — When would you use this? We don't know. But it lives at three dots + 1
Android sets defaults for a number of applications types — default browser, email client, messenger, etc. And there are keyboard shortcuts for launching them, which can be handy. Those shortcuts are:
Samsung made a solid tablet, but it isn't perfect — and at this price you almost expect it to be.
The quick take
The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is thin, light, powerful, has a great screen, and is sprinkled with extra features like a fingerprint sensor, good battery life, a decent rear-facing camera and a solid side-by-side app implementation. Unfortunately it still comes up short with Samsung's overall weak software design, and poor button and speaker placement when using the tablet in landscape. Perhaps the biggest downside, however, is it's price — not everyone is willing to spend $399 on an 8-inch tablet.
The holidays are upon us, and the question is ... what are you getting?
Whatever your cause for indulging, the final six weeks of the year generally are a popular time for gift-giving, something retailers could not be more eager to accommodate. And so we tapped into our communities of Android, Apple, Windows and BlackBerry fans — more than 5,000 of you in North America from Nov. 25-Dec. 5 — to find out which products are creeping to the top of the holiday purchase plans.
If you've ever seen a SmartBoard in a classroom, you know how cool it is to be able to walk up to a projector screen with a pen and interact with a desktop environment. The only real downside to most SmartBoard setups is the use of Windows, usually an older version of Windows that doesn't play all that well with what is essentially a touch environment. TouchJet has taken this idea and replaced Windows with Android, and instead of making this hardware mostly exclusive to classrooms it's something anyone can buy and set up in their homes.
Google now has two compelling tablets in its stable, even if one is an aging workhorse.
In many respects Google now has competing product lines. There's Nexus, which since 2010 has represented Google's vision of Android on both a hardware and software level. And now there's Pixel — or, more specifically, the Pixel C tablet — which ... well, we're still not entirely sure where the Pixel C fits in. It's an obvious cousin to the Chromebook Pixel — right down to the Google-colored LED on its back.
But unlike the Chromebook Pixel the Pixel C doesn't run Chrome. It's decidedly an Android product and for all intents and purposes (so far, anyway) might as well be a Nexus. Stock Android, nearly identical to Android 6.0.1 on the Nexus 9. (The on-screen buttons are the lone visual difference.) Factory restore image, just like a Nexus. (And hosted on this same page, no less.
But the Pixel C and the Nexus 9 are two very different devices.
Samsung is running yet another nice promotion, but unlike the other promotions this one is not for a phone. This time, its for its Galaxy Tab S2 series of tablets. People who purchase one between December 13 and December 26 in the U.S. will be able to get a year-long subscription to Netflix for free.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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