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So now that it has been a year since Google unveiled the Pixel Tablet, we are finally witnessing the results of its efforts. The iPad 10.9 (2022) from the tablet line that started it all, though, seems like it’s going to give the Pixel Tablet a good, sweaty, and tough run for its money based on what we already know about its capabilities and a quick hands-on at the Google I/O (2023) event.
The iPad 10.9 (2022) has emerged as the finest tablet for the average user, the greatest all-around option for individuals with limited power requirements and a limited budget.
Along with breaking new ground in the tablet market, it is also demonstrating to the rest of the globe that when it comes to technology, less is more.
The iPad 10.9 (2022) does, of course, have a limited amount of advantages over the Pixel Tablet, including a cellular model that is available, cameras with higher resolution, and its own keyboard cover, the Magic Keyboard Folio, which is one of the best tablet keyboards we’ve ever used.
Unless you can discover an earlier model that has reduced in price, reasonably priced tablets that are still capable are becoming increasingly rare. And to be really honest, that helps to explain in part why the first generation of iPads has been so successful.
Even while the cost has gone up over time, it still starts at less than $400 or £500, making it affordable for most individuals.
In reality, the base price of the iPad 10.9 (2022) is $449 / £499 / AU$749, which is quite comparable to the $499 base price of the Pixel Tablet in the US. Oddly enough, though, the Pixel Tablet is just marginally more expensive in the UK and Australia, where it is listed at £599 and AU$ 899, respectively.
The Pixel Tablet measures 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 in (258 x 169 x 8.1 mm) and weighs 17.39 oz (493g), whereas the iPad 10.9 (2022) measures 9.79 x 7.07 in and 0.28 in (248.9 x 179.5 x 7 mm) and weighs 16.8oz (477g).
Both tablets are made of aluminum as well as recycled and renewable materials, with the Pixel Tablet featuring a nano-ceramic coating that according to Google was “inspired by the feel of porcelain” and the iPad 10.9 (2022) sporting that same matte satin finish as the iPad Air.
The biggest thing that separated the Pixel Tablet from the rest is that it was designed to seamlessly snap onto its dock and switch to what Google calls its Hub Mode (more on that later). So it does have a magnetic ring in its rear for both docking and charging. Sadly, the iPad 10.9 (2022) doesn’t even have wireless charging.
Additionally, it appears that the iPad 10.9 (2022) has an edge in terms of cameras. Apple’s device has two 12MP cameras, with the rear offering a larger f/1.8 aperture and 4K at 60fps video recording, and the front having an f/2.4 aperture and 1080p at 60fps recording capabilities.
In contrast, the Pixel Tablet keeps things modest with two 8MP cameras, both of which have a 1/4-inch sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and 1080p video at 30fps. Not to mention capabilities like stabilized time-lapse video recording, support for slow motion, and cinematic video stabilization.
Both devices contain a fingerprint sensor for logging in on the power button. On both, this feature operates flawlessly and swiftly.
The Pixel Tablet has a ton of features, including Chromecast built-in and enabled when docked so you can easily cast whatever you’re watching on your phone to the tablet after all the blood has been drained out of your hand from holding that phone up for too long.
Other features include a digital photo frame and adaptive ambient lighting. The audio automatically shifts from the tablet’s speakers to the Charging Speaker Dock when the tablet is docked, for example, while you’re watching a movie or listening to music on it.
Additionally, it has the Google TV app. However, the iPad 10.9 also has the Apple TV app. Siri is available on the iPad, whereas Google Assistant is available on the Pixel Tablet.
|Specifications||Pixel Tablet||iPad 10.9 (2022)|
|Weight||1.08lbs (493g)||1.05lbs (477g)|
|Dimensions||258 x 169 x 8.1mm (10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches)||248.6 x 179.5 x 7mm (9.79 x 7.07 x 0.28 inches)|
|Operating System||Android 13||iPad OS 16|
|Display||10.95-inch LCD display 16:10 500-nits 2560 x 1600, 276 PPI||10.9-inch Liquid Retina IPS display 500-nits 2360 x 1640 pixels|
|CPU||Google Tensor G2||Apple A14|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR5||4GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB||64GB / 256GB|
|Battery||Up to 12 hours||Up to 10 hours|
|Cameras||8MP / 8MP||12MP / 12MP|
|Ports||1x USB-C||1x USB-C|
|Color coverage||Full 24-bit depth for 16 million color||101.2% sRGB, 71.7% DCI-P3|
The iPad 10.9’s battery life might last up to 22 hours with minimal use, but it’s important to note that in real-world situations where users are continuously streaming, surfing, and playing games, the battery life is typically closer to eight to ten hours.
Which Tablet is Best For You?
It may now be more a matter of personal preference to choose between the Pixel Tablet and the iPad 10.9 (2022) if you’re only interested in the tablets themselves and any extra features their accessories provide are just icing on the cake.
Though it’s important to note that the iPad 10.9 is more focused on power while the Pixel Tablet is looking towards AI and smart home integration, their features and capabilities are comparable enough that your decision will likely come down to which one you prefer most.