Google Pixel C  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released December, 2015

Google Pixel C

  • 10.2"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 7.1
View of Google Pixel C
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pixel C vs iPad Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Pixel C
iPad Air

Differences What are the advantages of each

View of Google Pixel C

Reasons to consider the
Google Pixel C

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Much more processing power 9,466 vs 2,119 Around 4.5x better passmark score
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 5.8x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 306 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2.2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly more RAM 3 GB vs 1 GB 3x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 6.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Lighter 499 g vs 610 g Around 20% lighter
Better performance per dollar 3.39 pt/$ vs 1.92 pt/$ More than 75% better performance per dollar
Newer Dec, 2015 vs Nov, 2013 Release date over 2 years later
Slightly bigger screen 10.2" vs 9.7" More than 5% bigger screen
Thinner 7 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 20% thinner
Slightly smaller 179 x 242 x 7 mm vs 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm More than 20% smaller
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Apple iPad Air

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Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 2.1 MP Around 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera

Features Key features of the Pixel C  vs iPad Air 

screen resolution

Pixel C
2560 x 1800
iPad Air
1024 x 768


Pixel C
3 GB
iPad Air
1 GB

camera resolution

Pixel C
8 MP
iPad Air
1.2 MP

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Pixel C  vs
iPad Air 
Size 10.2" 9.7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1800 1024 x 768
PPI 306 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor No Yes


Pixel C  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 8 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 2.1 MP 5 MP

form factor

Weight 499 g 610 g
Size 179 x 242 x 7 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 7 mm 8.6 mm
Google Pixel C
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