Google has an offer for iPad owners who are curious about the Pixel tablet. The company has a trade-in promotion that covers at least the cost of the Pixel Tablet for iPad owners — if not more, depending on the model you have. It also works with Samsung tablets, but those trade-in values ​​are lower. The Pixel tablet costs $399 (no offers) for 128GB of storage and no charging dock for speakers.


Get the Pixel tablet for free with an eligible trade-in.

with a trade-in for an eligible tablet

$399 on the Google Store

The promotion works with iPads as old as the sixth-generation model from six years ago. For this, Google will give you a surprising $399 — matching the base price of the Pixel Tablet. This iPad model only costs $329 in 2018, so Google is overpaying for it.

However, Google balances this out with much worse deals on modern high-end iPads. For example, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the M2 chip (2022) costs just $450. Until this week (when the company released new iPad Pros and iPad Airs), Apple was selling this model for $1,099, so we don’t recommend that trade-in price. If you’re done with a high-end iPad from the last few years, you can probably sell it on places like eBay, Craigslist, or Swappa for significantly more.

A view of the Pixel tablet on a shelf next to books and oddities.A view of the Pixel tablet on a shelf next to books and oddities.

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The Pixel tablet differentiates itself from its Android-powered competitors by working with a speaker-powered charging base that allows the device to double as a smart display, making it much more versatile. Engadget’s Cherlynn Low thinks this part overshadows its main functionality as a tablet. “As a smart display, the Pixel Tablet mostly shines. It has a useful dashboard, an easy-to-read interface and impressive sound quality,” she writes in our full review.

The tablet has a 10.95-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (276 PPI) and is powered by a Google Tensor G2 chip. Weighing in at just over a kilogram, it’s lighter than its Android rivals like the Galaxy Tab S8 and OnePlus Pad. Its back has a nano-ceramic coating that gives it a premium glass-like feel that you might not expect from a $399 device.

Accessories are where the Pixel Tablet stands out the most. Google Pixel tablet case, sold separately for $79, has a built-in stand that makes the plate more flexible. “What I like about the stand-hanger-combo is that it allows you to place the tablet almost anywhere,” Low wrote in the Engadget review. “So when I want to hang it on a kitchen cabinet to follow along with a recipe video or continue watching The love is blind for example I can And while the 2560 x 1600 LCD panel isn’t as bright as the OLED on Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs, it still produces crisp details and colorful images.”

The star accessory is $129 Google Charging Speaker Dock, which you can use without removing the stand case. This product turns a tablet into a smart display, potentially eliminating the need for other smart home control centers. The speaker has impressive sound for its size, making it easy to hear its responses if you’re not right next to it.

Google’s fine print notes that the trade-in value will be finalized after receiving the tablet and may be lower if it finds that the condition doesn’t match what you selected during the trade-in process. The refund will be processed to the credit card you used to purchase the Pixel tablet (or via Google Store credit if you return your purchase during this time).

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