When these types of devices started to hit the market, it thrilled me to see the power, flexibility and ease of use that could be engineered into them…and at a fraction of “normal” computer’s cost. My goal has always been to use computers to do everyday tasks better with minimum effort. Traditional computers too often fail at that…especially for beginner computer users or those who don’t have enough time to devote to learning every nuance. These types of computing devices offer a much shorter learning period combined with enhanced output capabilities relative to that short learning curve.
Today, Microsoft and computer manufacturers are resorting to lowering the price of desktop and laptop computers to compete with these machines. However, just because the price of Windows computers have dropped doesn’t mean you should get one.
Since Chromebooks rely on browser-based applications, they typically include high-end internet adapters. A Windows laptop has various Wi-Fi adapter options, but they are also better suited to work offline thanks to locally installed applications.
When the first Chromebook models were introduced in the US in 2010, their functionality was limited because it relied on consistent internet access. Today, however, Chromebooks can work offline or online via Wi-Fi and mobile broadband connections.
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Multiple Form Factors
Many Chromebooks can be transformed into multiple form factors because of their inventive design. They can be used as either a laptop or a tablet. This considerably increases their usability. On the other hand, iPads can only be used as a tablet. This difference introduces a very striking advantage in favor of Chromebooks. Several Chromebooks on the market today are called 2-in-1 because they can be transformed from being a laptop into a tablet. Some of them feature a 360° hinge, while others have a detachable keyboard.
The Difference in Terms of Price and Models
One of the basic differences between an iPad and a Chromebook is the purchasing choices they come with. There are various iPad models that you can choose from. However, all of them have the same manufacturer (Apple) and the same functionality. On the other hand, Chromebooks come in different specifications and models and are manufactured by various manufacturers, including Google, Samsung, Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, and Lenovo.
If you want to compare the two in terms of price, then there is a huge difference in their prices. A high-end Chromebook would still cost you less than a high-end iPad. You can get a decent Chromebook for less than $200. However, there is not even a single model of iPad that costs $200 or less.