Raymond Wong, writing at Mashable:
Where the Pixel Slate stumbles the most is software polish. It
doesn’t seem finished and I experienced quite a few bugs and
crashes that brought Chrome OS and Android apps to their knees.
My review unit’s kitted out with a very capable Intel Core i5
processor and 8GB of RAM. But even so, little things like seeing
jitters when scrolling on some of Mashable’s media-heavy reviews
(like the iPhone XS and Pixel 3), or the slight lag when opening
the recent apps window, or the inconsistencies of the colors of
videos displayed in the Netflix Android app versus the Netflix
website (colors looked way more faded in the app) were
Getting colors right is just table stakes.
Google, Microsoft, and Apple are all trying to crack the same nut: to make a device that can work well both as a handheld tablet and as a notebook docked to a keyboard. It really comes down to the operating systems. iPad is a tablet first, and trying to evolve into an ever-better notebook. Chrome and Windows are designed for traditional notebooks, and are trying to evolve into ever-better systems for tablet. Where you start matters.
★ Friday, 30 November 2018