I received this question recently and thought you might be interested too…
Question: Hi Mardi, Thank you for always sending these healthy tips for the computer. My question is what is the difference between a Tablet and a Chrome Book?
Answer: Tablets are lightweight so they are easy to carry around but they are mainly for “consuming” information. Any amount of typing with touch screens can be very, very frustrating. You can get keyboards for them and then they are more like small laptops, but the screens are very small for doing much in the way of work and you have to buy a fairly expensive model in order to get the processor speed of a laptop.
A Chromebook is a laptop computer that does almost everything online so it doesn’t need a hard drive. That makes it nice and lightweight like a tablet but it comes with a regular full size keyboard attached. It’s better than a traditional laptop because it doesn’t need maintenance, backups or antivirus programs. It’s really trouble free. It’s also much less expensive than traditional laptops. Good ones are less than $300. The battery charge lasts a long time too, because it doesn’t have a hard drive with cooling fans.
If you are going to do any amount of work, like spreadsheets, or documents or blogging, you will be happier with a Chromebook than a tablet because of the full size keyboard and larger screen. You will need to learn how to use Google docs but it’s pretty easy, and they are free. All your docs will back up to the cloud automatically. The other Google apps for the Chromebook like the photos app, are great too. You need a wifi connection for Chromebooks because they work off the internet, but you can download some things and work offline when necessary.
If you only need a small lightweight device for travel to watch movies, youtube videos, check your email and calendar, a tablet will work, but, again, the screens are pretty small. I think of a tablet as a larger version of a smartphone without the phone. lol
My clients who have switched to Chromebooks love them because they are so trouble free and easy to use.
Let me know if you have any other questions or if you want me to help you buy one online. (I don’t recommend the HP Chromebook at Best Buy because mine stopped working on wifi after 18 mo. My daughter’s HP Chromebook is still working fine, though and been a couple of years.) I have a Toshiba and I like the ACER that one of my students has. Let me know what you decide to get.
If you, or people you know, are considering a new computer or mobile device purchase, please contact me for a complimentary consultation which I’m happy to do. Buying the right equipment is the key to making your techie Life simple, easy and fun. Let’s schedule a time to discuss the best purchase for your needs and budget….