In the first appearance they look different from one another. Tablets are viewed as content consumptions gadget and on the other hand chromebook are used as stand in option of expensive laptops. With the time developers had evolved the technology and makes the tablet more user-friendly and 2 in 1 hybrid approach makes the device future ready. Chromebooks has the ability to do more work as compare to tablet in offline mode. So the question arises which is the better device and which should you buy. A standard chromebook comes at an average price of $179 without touch and for touch one you need to spend about $70 more. Tablets on the other hand come at starting price of $49 but they are not worth it. But tablets with bigger display and features cost more.
So to know the difference between the two and which device should be added to your gadget list you need to go through the following. One thing that will help you in the making the decision is the need of the customer and its profession.
Portability is directly proportional to the weight. The biggest and heaviest tablets are only half the weight of the chromebook. If you look at Ipad pro, Microsoft surface pro 4 and samsung galaxy tab S2 which are the heaviest in there category weights 1.57, 1.73 and .086 pounds respectively and if you compare it with chromebook in the likes of Toshiba chromebook 2, Lenovo 100S chromebook and Dell chromebook 13 which weights 2.97, 2.8 and 3.2 pounds respectively.
The average size of the tablet is also less than that of chromebook. Ipad Air measures 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inch, Samsung galaxy tab S2 9.34 x 6.65 x 0.22 and on the other hand Toshiba chromebook 2 measures 12.6 x 8.4 x 0.76 inches, Lenovo’s 100S Chromebook (11.81 x 8.23 x 0.78 inches),
The average, full-size tablet is also smaller than a Chromebook. The Ipad Air is just 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches, and the Tab S2 measures 9.34 x 6.65 x 0.22 inches. Chromebooks, such as Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 (12.6 x 8.4 x 0.76 inches).
Although we heard saying bigger the better but in this case tablet because of its light weight makes an edge. Chromebooks keyboard is an advantage but at the end you are the one who needs to choose between the two.
Maximum Chromebooks resolutions are below par as of 2018. 13366 x 768 pixels resolutions is the average the chromebooks gives which may be ok for day to day task but you cannot play high resolutions games on it. Though there are some chromebook with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolutions like the Toshiba Chromebook 2, Dell Chromebook 13 and Acer Chromebook 15. As far as touch pad is concern only Asus Chromebook Flip, HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook Pixel 2 have this feature. On tablets there is a wide variety on display resolutions. From Apple iPad Pro 2732 x 2028 pixels to Amazon Fire scrapes 1024 x 600 pixels.
Tablets possess brighter screen than chromebook. On average tablet ranges 354 nits of brightness but on the other hand chromebook only generates 200 and 250 nits.
On color accuracy front tablet wins again, on average tablet’s color range spans nearly 93 percent of the sRGB spectrum and on the other hand chromebook ranges from 50 to 96 percent.
Winner: clear cut winner Tablets.
Tablets higher display resolution with brighter screen and better color accuracy makes tablet superior.
If you compare tablets with chromebook, tablets have the sure shot cut. According to Google there are numerous apps which are present in the chrome web store which can be used on chromebooks. It also reveals that out of 1 million android apps all are not compatible with the tablet. Apple broadcasts plenty of apps that are in million but only 70 per cent are compatible for the tablet.
Google has gone 1 step further by making tools accessible for the developers and with this the process of porting the apps to the tablet has started. It is a small step but the process has started and you will see the results in the following years. Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words and Vine are some of the initial apps which has been developed has ported into the tablets and there are many more to follow.
Famous games such as Angry Birds and Tank Riders are present only on Google play store but social networking such as Instagram and Snapchat are exempt. Some other famous and most widely used game candy crush is also not officially available but the replica version is there which is free of cost.
Winner: Tablets is the sure shot winner.
After comparing all the operating system like windows, android or apple the apps are more suitable and compatible for tablets.
As we all know both tablet as well as chromebook need internet connection for surfing but the Google’s apps are limited to use. But in the chromebook thousands of apps work without the internet connection which includes Google drive and also third party apps such as Angry bird and Gliffy used for editing the diagrams. But to use that feature one needs to enable offline mode on the chromebook and one can check it’s emails and other documents even if it is not connected to the internet. There are also apps which does not work without internet connection such as Pixlr.
In table there are plenty of apps that can be operated offline which includes games, editing apps and productivity apps.
As we compare both tables make the cut as it is more versatile and compatible for offline use though Chromebooks also can operate offline apps but tablet is the winner.
Chromebook possess various features such as Google Docs, simple and recognizable keyboards short cuts such as Ctrl + z, Ctrl + c, Ctrl + x, Ctrl + p etc. and it is easy to work in chromebook. Multitasking is a real plus point as you can easily move from 1 tab to the other and to switch between different apps system bar helps.
Tablets on the other hand uses IOS which gives free iwork suite to work and there are various third party office apps also which is beneficial in office work. Google drive and Google owned quickoffice are easily accessible on tablets. There are plenty of windows operating tablets which come inbuilt Microsoft office edition as well as student built in.
Various companies such as Samsung and Asus provides multitasking and multi-window software which helps the user to use more than 1 window at a time.
Tablets were discovered for reading and entertainment purpose only but with the time it has evolved and improved a lot especially in productivity segment
Although they were initially designed for reading and entertainment, tablets have improved on the productivity front.
Winner: it’s a Tie.
You may argue that the chromebook have built in keyboard which is an plus point but the tablet gives multitasking feature.
Chromebooks and tablets both have a decent battery life, once gets charged the top chromebooks lasts for average 10 – 11 hours and on the other hand the tablets lasts for 8 – 9 hours which was revealed by the laptop mag battery test. However there are some exceptional cases like Lenovo yoga tab 3 can run for more than 15hours continuously once get fully charged.
Winner: by slight margin Chromebooks.
In general case scenario the chromebook last longer than tablet.
If we compare the price of chromebooks and tablets with the laptops then you will get to know that there is a huge difference between the two devices. But if compare chromebook with tablet, the chromebook will be cheaper than high value tablets such as Ipad Air, Samsung galaxy tab2.
The Lenovo 100s chromebook comes at $179 and dell chromebook 11 with Intel is processor comes at $269.on the other hand Ipad Air costs around $449, surface 3 costs $494 and Samsung galaxy tab 2 comes at $449 that too without keyboard and if we add the price of keyboard roughly $129 then the difference will get wider.
Though there are cheaper and less featured tablets that are present in the market which costs less but they lacks quality and performance. Like the amazon fire which costs only $49 but the specifications are below average. The camera quality, display, performance, battery life etc. all are way beyond average. There are many 8 inch display tablet in the likes of Asus zenpad s 8and Lenovo yoga tab 3 which costs around $199 and $169 respectively but it’s tough to work on the 8 inch screen.
Winner: by clear cut margin Chromebooks.
You need to spend a bit more for chromebook but because of its size and inbuilt keyboard it makes a value for money option.
Ultimately, the decision to buy the device from chromebook and tablet will depend upon the needs of the user. If someone is looking for an inexpensive laptop with the built in key board then chromebook is the go to device. If you are looking for a high resolution touch screen device without inbuilt keyboard and with portable feature then you should go with the tablet. Overall tablets are value for money and more features device than chromebook.