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Chromebook or tablet: which device to choose?

Chromebook or tablet: which device to choose?

Students, researchers, and scholarly reading enthusiasts in general who do not intend to invest money in a notebook may opt for a Chromebook or tablet. After all, both are good for reading, have USB connections for file transfer and can run applications with peace of mind. But when there is money to buy just one, which one to choose? That’s the answer you’ll get in this article. 

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As for screen size, the Chromebook is going to be the winner. That’s because more comfortable and quality tablets, such as the Galaxy Tab S6, have a screen of just over 10 inches. Chromebooks (whose market is practically dominated by Samsung and Acer) usually have screens from 11 to 13 inches. It seems little difference, but in practice, this point is important, especially if you need to watch a lot of videos or online classes. 

Operational system

Tablets can have an Android, IOS or Windows operating system. Generally, it is claimed that the IOS system is a little limited because it is only available for Apple devices and Android manages to reach other brands, but especially in the tablet segment, only Samsung ends up standing out. 

When we talk about Chromebooks, it is important to point out that they are made and perfected to run on Google’s Chrome OS operating system. It makes it possible to use Play Store apps on your computer. In addition, if you are using Chrome OS and log in to a Google account, you will be able to use all available resources, such as Drive, Keep, Gmail, Google Calendar, etc. 


Here, is another point for Chromebooks. That’s because, in addition to being designed to work online, they can also be connected to mice and keyboards, in addition to HDs and SSDs, for example. Some, much more expensive than common prices, have a pen, an accessory that is usually the differential for tablets (if you are a student who needs to draw or highlight a lot of texts and take notes). 

On the other hand, not all tablets have a stylus, but those that do are usually compatible with some type of keyboard (which unfortunately must be purchased separately). 

Internal memory 

As for internal memory, the spaces of tablets and Chromebooks are equivalent, as they usually have 2G or 4G of RAM and 32G of internal space (some tablets have 6G). The difference is that it is possible to extend the internal space of tablets to 1TB, which is not seen in Chromebooks. So, here’s the point for tablets. 


While the best tablet on the market today (Samsung Galaxy Tab S6) costs between R$3000 and R$3500 in promotions, a quality Chromebook can be found on the market for just over R$2000 or even less. So, in general, the Chromebook is a better value for money compared to the tablet. 

After all, should I choose between a Chromebook or tablet? 

If we think about value for money, Chromebooks seem more interesting. Of course, they are not perfect and have limitations, but that is also true of tablets. They’re cheaper and work online pretty much all the time, and they run all Google apps. 

Basically, you can think of it like this: if you’re looking for a compact device for constant internet use, reading PDF texts, checking emails and taking notes, you can bet on a Chromebook. If you need a device to use a pen, store more files, focus on the camera or record videos, in addition to what has already been mentioned about Chromebooks, you can bet on a tablet.