October 11, 2018
The choice used to be easy. If you wanted a computer on the go, you got a laptop. Today though, those lines are blurred, with Chromebooks and tablets competing in the same space. Both can be cheaper than a traditional laptop, but which one should you opt for?
Whether you’re streaming Netflix, doing college coursework, or just looking for a device to use outside the office, a tablet or Chromebook could be perfect.
We take a look at the benefits of both devices so you can see which one is right for you.
Which is best for schoolwork?
Either a tablet or Chromebook can be great for research – from delving into Wikipedia articles to streaming documentaries, both will do a fine job. For long essays though, you can’t beat a proper keyboard, so the Chromebook wins.
Can you run apps on a Chromebook?
Yes. In fact, most of the apps that you would expect to find on a tablet can be found on the Chromebook too. Some apps available on the Chrome Store might not be compatible with your specific Chromebook hardware, but that’s also the case for Android tablets.
Can you run Office on a Chromebook?
Yes. Microsoft has made Office fairly ubiquitous in recent years, making the smart move of selling it as a subscription rather than a one time purchase. It sells Office on many devices, including Chromebook. Only some older Chromebook models won’t be able to run it.
It’s also worth noting that Google has its own range of office apps (Google Docs etc.) that are compatible with Microsoft’s products.
Can you get a touchscreen Chromebook?
Yes. Not only that, but some models – such as the pricey Google Chromebook, or the more affordable Acer Chromebook Spin 11 – are also compatible with styli. The touch screen on a Chromebook features the same functionality you would expect from a tablet.
Can you get a keyboard for a tablet?
Yes. Even if the tablet doesn’t have a dedicated keyboard, there are many third party keyboards available that are compatible, typically connecting through Bluetooth. Be aware that some official keyboards can be pricey though, considerably increasing the cost of your tablet
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