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Monday
Feb252013

Burnt Pixel

Everytime Google releases a new product, there’s usually a little fanfare to go along with it. Many of Google’s past products have been forward thinking devices with the ability to change the way people think about technology. Their original Chromebook was meant to bring cloud computing to the masses with a portable and affordable way to satisfy everyday computing needs. While the Chromebook and Chrome OS may have not caught fire as intended, it was a prescient technological statement in a world where many personal computers have become relegated to email and Facebook machines.

 

Since the original Chromebook there have been a few iterations on its design, but Google’s new Pixel is a curious departure from those that came before. The design is stylish and minimalist while still maintaining specific design cues to separate it from Apple’s well known motif. The Pixel offers high quality features such as an SSD, in 32GB and 64GB configurations, and a 12.85” 2560x1700 touchscreen with a built-in HD webcam. The real head scratcher comes with the price tag,  $1,299.00 for the 32GB model. This is more expensive than a comparable Macbook Air or many Intel based ultrabooks, both platforms without the limitations of Chrome OS and a lack of local computing ability. The biggest oversight is the lack of a cellular modem, meaning that when you are out of range of wifi, your computing power is greatly diminished. The 64GB model priced at $1,449.00 does come with a built-in LTE receiver, but when your entire platform depends on web connectivity making users pay more for LTE just feels wrong.


 

One bonus feature that comes with the Pixel is one terabyte of storage on Google Drive, free for three years. This is a great idea to ease the burden of switching to the cloud, but is once again hampered by the lack of LTE on the base model, not to mention archaic bandwidth limitations that still plague the majority of internet users. While many Google products come out fully formed, it seems this device is more a half-baked tech demo that may have need just a little more time in the oven.