Google Pixel C is possibly the best Android tablet your money can buy on the market right now, and it’s going to cost you. Starting at 499 USD for its base model (32 GB, thanks goodness), one might wonder whom is the target audience for Google’s latest attempt at hardware.
Don’t get me wrong – Pixel C is absolutely gorgeous with topnotch specs internally and features a great industrial design in an anodized aluminum unibody enclosure. Why then did I sound as if the device couldn’t quite justify for its asking price? The software, but I’ll get to that in my full review since I’ve only had this device for 4 days.
With the Pixel C developer discount that is 25% off (available for anyone who claims to be one apparently), Google Pixel C suddenly looks like a steal for anyone contemplating back and forth due to the price factor. After requesting for my discount, the email came through within 8 hours that looks something like the below:
Since the country I live in (Singapore) doesn’t have access to Google Store just yet, I had to resort to using my secondary Gmail address that doesn’t have all of location history on my main Android phone, and a VPN provider such as TunnelBear available on any device you can think of; the service works great and comes with free 500 MB++ for first-time browsing. I then would have to use a shipping forwarder to get Pixel C shipped to Singapore. The whole process took about 1.5 week, which is really fast considering the main holdup was with putting it on the plane flying from the States back to SG. And the damage? About 508 SGD (~375 USD) + 55 SGD or so for shipping (~40 USD).
Alright, that’s about it for the background and quick unboxing of Google Pixel C in Singapore. Stay tuned for more updates on device performance, my use cases, comparisons with my previous device, iPad Mini Retina, and a full review. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and bookmark this site for more updates.