In Tablets, Android “Pure” is Still Downside

It took a while, but Google finally launched its new tablet, the pixel C in the United States. It was announced at the Nexus and Nexus 5X 6P smartphones, but had a longer gestation. Finally left yesterday for $499. For many, a tablet with Pure Android is a certain purchase. Not for me. When the screen is great, the Android maker without retouching is a lost cause.

From the beginning, even when he had a parallel version for tablets (3.0 “Honeycomb”), Android was not very suitable for the format. This variant of the system, made in response to the iPad, and the subsequent adjustments to those designed for smartphones, have always lacked the factor that makes the competitor Apple’s so interesting: apps.

Most of the apps available on the Android smartphone are the same, only with written instructions by the developers to “stretch” in some way, the larger space of the tablet. A spread more content across the screen, others literally stretch the elements available throughout the area and some maintain the fixed width, adding vast empty spaces on the sides. None of these solutions is adequate.

The example should come from above, it does not exist. Google itself does not bother much to adapt the Android system screens of tablets, which come to be up to 18.4 inches – although the most common range from 7 to 10. A maximum of one or another screen is reorganized, but the focus on small cell, is felt by all of them. Tablets have never had much of Google’s attention and this is reflected in the use of those running Android.

Pixel C, cited above, received good reviews, but always with a caveat that the call of Wiredsums up: “The Pixel C is not very good because the Android tablet is not very good.” The feeling is repeated in other analyzes. The Wall Street Journal, Joanna Stern complained of the same problem and, in Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo places, the headline, the “new hardware ignores a fundamental problem of Android tablets: software.” Walt Mossberg, in his analysis , quotes some popular apps that waste the extra screen area, behaving as if they were on a smartphone.

There is merit in the “pure” experience in this Android Pixel C, tablet developed and distributed by Google itself? Of course. It is the selling point of the Nexus line, smartphones or tablets. But it is not something absolute as in the past. If I were to buy a tablet today, despite the Pixel C and Nexus 9, which are not marketed in Brazil, was not one of my chosen.

I would Galaxy Tab S2.

Yes, it’s Samsung and of course comes with the TouchWiz. That same past that Android “pure” was requirement to buy anything running the system, a lot of it was due to the fact that TouchWiz and other customizations manufacturers were grossly bad. They were a huge asterisk indicate when buying a smartphone, as good as your hardware was.

It is no longer the case. There are exaggerations, but they are being reduced. The Galaxy S6and the Galaxy Note 5 and its variants with screens that “melt” the edges are well usable. But not only that. Customizations, and stop being intrusive, they are becoming useful.

In tablets, Samsung allows you to view two apps at the same time. Microsoft (Surface Pro) and Apple (iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro) as well. It’s something that only Android “pure” non-delivery, and a particularly serious omission in Pixel C, a device that appears as a productivity tool.

Another example of grace in the “pure” experience of Android is support the pen, or lack thereof. The line Galaxy Note delivers long pens with great accuracy and pressure sensitivity, and the two rivals already mentioned, Apple and Microsoft, too. This does not exist in Google’s offer.

In the past, the public justification of Android smartphone manufacturers to fill the system with its own software was addressing the deficiencies that Google still could not fill. For smartphones, it makes less and less sense. For tablets, it is still a valid justification, given the indifference that comes from above. Android is exceptional and has never been as good as it is today, but it only applies to smartphones. You want a tablet? Okay, but light manufacturer bloatware together – oddly enough, is best.