Following the Google announcement yesterday, the revelation of new Nexus devices, ChromeCasts, and the super-slick Pixel C tablet has impressed many Android doubters. The ‘C’ in Pixel C stands for ‘convertible’ due to its hybrid design, and it has been proudly presented by Google as the first device made solely by them, without external input. Hybrid tablets seem to be all the range lately- Microsoft’s original Surface Pro design has been mimicked first by Apple, and now by Google. We loved Apple’s take on the hybrid with the iPad Pro, so now it’s time to examine the top 5 reasons to use the Pixel C for business.

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The Pixel C’s innovative power bar.
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Using the Pixel C for business might just be made possible by the sleek appearance of it. It looks like a small laptop, with no visible screws or bolts, and a futuristic chrome finish. Lightweight, durable and portable, it’s on par with both the Surface Pro and the iPad Pro in this respect. You can take your own device to meetings, or work from wherever you like (with the benefits of the cloud, of course). I particularly like the ability to double-tap the power bar to get a measure of how charged the device is. The Pixel C seems to have been designed specifically with a fast-paced working environment in mind. Good job, Google.

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The keyboard to the Pixel C seems to fit much nicer than on other hybrid models. Snapping together with magnets, it was demonstrated as being one hell of a sturdy piece of kit- you can hold it with one hand by either the tablet or the keyboard, without fear of bending or breaking. It’s backlit, and charges whenever it’s placed on the back of your device. If by some miracle you never manage to do that, don’t worry- the Bluetooth powered keyboard can last a whopping 2 months without being recharged. The largest concern most people have when buying a hybrid device is whether it will actually feel like a real workable object, or just a tablet with a flimsy piece of silicon attached- the laptop-likeness of this device might just perfect the Pixel C for business use.

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Both the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro have fantastic processors, so to cement the Pixel C for business use it has to hold its own. It certainly does: The Pixel C boasts a NVIDIA X1 quad-core processor, Maxwell GPU, 3GB of RAM, and either 32 or 64gb for storage. It comes with speakers on either side, which gives a great sound experience for video calls or watching conferences. A nice touch is in the 4 microphones, which allows for far field voice input- you can use voice commands from the other end of the room to check your work timetable or open an email.

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The screen comes with 307 pixels per inch, with fantastic brightness and colour gamut capacities, so everything you view on the tablet will be crystal clear. Using the Pixel C for business Skype, to show products, or for one-on-one presentations will make your work look fantastic. It is the smallest screen out of the current hybrid devices, weighing in at 10.2 inches. This is just short of Microsoft’s 10.8 inches, or Apple’s whopping 12.9 inches- which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if portability is your primary aim.

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Using the Pixel C for business might be made a little bit more realistic due to the cost. As much as we loved the iPad Pro, it starts at a humongous $799, which is likely to be around £530 in the UK (no official Pounds sterling price as of yet). Similarly, the latest Microsoft hybrid device, the Surface Pro 3, retails currently for around £639. At $499 (around £330) for a 32GB Pixel C, the difference is huge. The Pixel C is a fantastic affordable alternative if your company’s money is better located elsewhere.

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Overall, the new Pixel C isn’t doing anything particularly new. It appears to be smaller, more accessible version of the Surface Pro and the iPad Pro, without many of the flashy additions that those devices have. But perhaps this is the selling point of using the Pixel C for business. If you’re an intern (like me), if this is only going to be used as your out-of-office device, or if you aren’t particularly tech-savvy, you probably don’t need everything the other devices provide- so why pay the extra for features that will only go to waste? Using the Pixel C for business is perfect for those that don’t need the extra bells and whistles.

The Pixel C has no release date yet, but is promised to be released ‘before the holiday season’.