Apple's iPad Pro vs. Google's Pixelbook

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in October, Google released the Google Pixelbook, a portable laptop/tablet hybrid machine that runs Chrome OS. We got our hands on one of the Pixelbooks from Google, and we decided to pit it against the iPad Pro, Apple's tablet that's powerful enough to serve as a PC replacement.

    Priced starting at $999, the Pixelbook is more expensive than even the largest iPad Pro. Apple charges $649 for the entry-level 10.5-inch iPad Pro and $799 for the entry-level 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

    For $999, the Pixelbook comes equipped with a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD, with all of the components upgradeable for a higher price tag. It has a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, putting it on par with Apple's larger iPad Pro, and it offers 10 hours of battery life.

    The Pixelbook is just as portable as the iPad Pro, and it has the benefit of a 2-in-1 design with a 360-degree rotating hinge, which means it can be used as a traditional laptop or folded back for use as a tablet, complete with accompanying pen. As a laptop, the Pixelbook is on par with other ultraportable notebooks, but as a tablet, its keyboard is adding some extra thickness you won't see on the iPad Pro.

    Though convertibility is a nice feature and wins out over the traditional tablet form factor, Google can't quite compete with Apple when it comes to software and performance due to issues with some unoptimized Android apps running on the Pixelbook. The iPad Pro's A10X Fusion chip is incredibly speedy, and optimizations like Metal 2 mean apps run super fast and super smooth on Apple's tablet.

    The Pixelbook isn't slow by any means, and ChromeOS does offer increased security much like iOS, but the Pixelbook's high price tag, operating system limitations, and size are tough to swallow compared to the lower-priced and just-as-capable iPad Pro.

    Article Link: Apple's iPad Pro vs. Google's Pixelbook
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
  3. Amaze macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2013
    ChromeOS maybe (have not used); but Pixelbook runs Android apps also.

    Still think the iPad Pro and it`s ecosystem is far superior though..
  4. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    I don’t really see the audience for the Pixelbook. Sure, it’s an interesting device, but I don’t see the average consumer plunking $1K for it.
  5. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    What is the basis of this statement?

    The Pixelbook weighs 2.4 lbs and has a volume of 39.67

    The 12.9" iPad Pro weighs 1.49 lbs and has a volume of 28.12
  6. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    That hasn’t been true for a long time.
  7. 370zulu macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2014
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    "the Pixelbook comes equipped with a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor"

    Does it come with a complimentary Intel CPU flaw as well?
  8. NIKKG macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2012
    For the prices these companies are charging for a half-baked PC, might as well just get the real thing like a Surface Pro or its clones like a Dell or HP.

    I had the Ipad Pro 10.5 for a week, it did nothing better than my regular iPad that costed $250 on sale at Microcenter, so I'm like what kinda fool am I to pay another $500 just to have a stylus, thus I returned it.

    Basically, if you want a real computer, than go get a real PC and stop playing around fooling yourself into thinking the iPad Pro or ChromeOS is a real computer, its not. If you want an iPad for reading or playing games, than save yourself alot of money and get you the regular iPad. I've seen the 32GB version go on sale for $250 many times during the holiday and its plenty fast (until the crooks at Apple slows it down so they can force you to buy a new one).
  9. Spectrum macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2005
    Why is this on the "News" feed? And no offence intended (I recognise this is a free site!), but this is hardly a review of the two devices...
    Wouldn't pieces like this be better placed on the MacRumors Blog page?
  10. krause734 macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2010
    I can see a $200-300 Chromebook as useful for K-12 Students and a better value than a Macbook.
    This Pixel just seems poorly thought out though and a hefty price tag. I've never been a fan of 2 in 1 functionality.
  11. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    Can we just say how overpriced the Pixel Pen is? It's $99 and is significantly worse than the Apple Pencil.
  12. cmwade77 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2008
    No, it has various offline modes, although it is definitely more useful with the internet, but by using tethering that is fairly easy to deal with virtually anywhere.
  13. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    I (before) thought it was limited/useless without internet.
  14. sevvere Suspended


    Oct 20, 2017
    Ugh ..... those bezels on the pixel book

    I’ve thought here and there about buying this and putting Linux on it. At $699 i might, but $999 .... no way
  15. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    If you can install Windows on it, it would be quite usable.

    However the price tag is... o_O
  16. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    So, you actually say Apple pencil is bad.
  17. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Why does ChromeOS use Intel's CPUs? I get that Windows and Mac OS use Intel because they want to maintain backwards compatibility, but ChromeOS's sibling OS is Android (meant for ARM) and it's not compatible with Windows or Mac OS. Seems like they could easily cut the cost by $50+ and improve performance at the same time by using ARM instead of Intel.
  18. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    So much wasted space on the pixel book

    Not a terrible first attempt though.
  19. cmwade77 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2008
    Actually the pen is very nice and works quite well, even with AutoCAD through a remote desktop connection to a Windows system.

    The iPad Pro could not accomplish the same level of low latency on the same WiFi network connected to the same remote system.
  20. djcerla macrumors 65816


    Apr 23, 2015
  21. cmwade77 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2008
    Because ChromeOS is intended for Intel chips and runs quite well on them. Additionally it leaves the possibility open to being able to install Windows, Linux, etc. on the perfectly capable system (or run from a bootable USB drive).
  22. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    No problem. It did use to be that way, but you can do so much on a Chromebook nowadays without a connection. It’s going to be more useful with a connection, but that’s everything in my opinion.
  23. cmwade77 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2008
    My wife has one and we haven't found any bugs in the Pixelbook and I have even taxed it with AutoCAD through a remote desktop connection and connected to multiple monitors. Honestly the iPad Pro had massive lag with AutoCAD and couldn't connect to my two external monitors.
  24. DNichter macrumors 601


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I don't see the point. Android apps are pretty bad on a phone and even worse on a tablet. I couldn't imagine how bad they are stretched to this size. Chrome OS isn't viable as a good solution either.
  25. isotropic macrumors newbie


    Jun 30, 2010
    Without blinking - iPad all the way. So much better in every aspect. Most of importantly. My privacy doesn't get raped.

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