Chrome Tablets – The Ideal Device for Students – [2020 Update]

Chrome tablets are usually designed for simple everyday tasks. They are designed to meet specific requirements, nothing more and nothing less.

They usually have fast processors and therefore good at multitasking paired with crisp displays and cheaper price tags.

Chrome tablets are ideal for students who mainly use their tablets for word processing and web browsing.

Product Review

Product

Weight

Display Size

Resolution

Processor

Battery 

Storage

Memory

Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop, 11.6-Inch HD (1366 x 768) IPS Display, MediaTek MT8173C Processor, 4GB LPDDR3, 64 GB eMMC, Chrome OS, 81HY0000US, Blizzard White

2.64lbs (1.2kg)

11.6”

1366 x 768

MediaTek
MTK8173C

10hrs

32GB

4GB

Google Pixel Slate 12.3-Inch 2 in 1 Tablet Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 64GB, Aspect Ratio 3:2

1.6lbs (0.72kg)

12.3”

3000 x 2000

8th Gen Intel
Core m3, i5
or i7

12hrs

32/64/128/256G
B

4/8/16GB

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 13.3' UHD AMOLED - HD Intel Core I-5 Processor (256GB Storage, 8GB RAM) - 2020 Model - US Warranty - Fiesta Red - XE930QCA-K01US

2.29lbs (1.04kg)

13.3”

3840 x 2160

10th Gen i5

8hrs

256GB

8GB

HP 2-in-1 12.3' Touch-Screen Chromebook Intel Core M - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory (X2 12-F014D) White - New

1.61lbs (0.73kg)

12.3”

2400 x 1600

7th Gen m3

12.5hrs

32GB

4GB

Lenovo has been one of the leading entry points for the Chrome OS.


Most of the Chromebooks nowadays can be doubled as tablets and belong to the 2-in-1 convertible category.


The Lenovo Chromebook C330 is such a chrome tablet with a keyboard and a 360-degree screen that helps the device transform into a laptop or a tablet.

The convertible is quite thick with dimensions set at 11.40 x 8.48 x 0.77-inches (292 x 215.39 x 19.6mm) and has sharp edges. This makes it difficult to hold the device in its tablet form.


The C330 is advertised as a student Chromebook and is priced relatively low, so the entire device is made of plastic and might feel a bit flimsy for someone who is used to much premium builds.


Like I mentioned before, Chrome tablets are designed for one reason and nothing more or nothing less. At such a low price tag, don’t have any high expectations.


Simply put, apart from the 360-degree screen, the device doesn’t offer anything else. The main selling point is the price.


The device runs on a MediaTek MTK8173C processor paired with a 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB eMMC. In terms of display, you get an 11.6” HD IPS display with a low resolution of 1366 x 768.


Despite the thickness, the device weighs around 2.64lbs(1.2kg) which is usually what a Chromebook weighs.


PROS

  • Affordable
  • HDMI, USB-A, and USB-C ports
  • Expandable storage

CONS

  • Quite thick

In a roundup of the best chrome OS tablets, it’s hard not to include a Google tablet.


Google has done everything right with the device except the pricing. One of the main selling points of Chromebooks and Chrome tablets is the affordability. The Google Pixel Slate is quite expensive, a few hundred dollars more and you can purchase the latest iPad Pro 12.9.


Let’s deep dive and check out if it’s worth the price.

In terms of design, the device looks elegant and has a solid construction. At first glance, I thought it was the iPad Pro.


The dimensions are set at 11.45 x 7.95 x 0.27-inches (290.85 x 202.04 x 7.0 mm) and the tablet has an aluminum chassis which makes it quite durable.


With a weight of only 1.6lbs (0.72kg) and 0.27”(7mm) thickness the device is easy to carry around. 


But, the device has a detachable keyboard (sold separately) which is quite heavy. With the keyboard attached the device almost doubles in thickness and weighs around 2.9lbs (1.30kg) which makes it heavier than a Chromebook.


The Pixel slate ships with a 12.3” Molecular Display. The colors are punchy and made bright in the 3000 x 2000-pixel display.


At the Core, you get three processor options. The cheapest option is to go with the Intel Core m3 processor, followed by an 8th Gen i5 and the most expensive and fastest option is the 8th Gen i7.


You can either pick a 4, 8, or 16GB RAM paired with a 32, 64, 128, or 256GB storage option.


On a light stress test, the battery lasted around 12hrs which is pretty good.


PROS

  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Crisp display
  • Storage/RAM/processor options

CONS

  • Keyboard sold separately
  • No headphone jack
  • Expensive

Yes, you read that right, Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. In my head, Samsung probably went “we’ve been using Android quite a bit, maybe let’s give the Chrome OS a try”.


Everything looks good about this device except one thing, the price. Just like the Google Pixel slate this premium device form Samsung is a bit overpriced for a Chrome OS device from the user’s perspective.

On the other hand, if you look at it from the brand’s perspective, Samsung and Google are premium brands. Therefore, when they build a device using premium components and when you factor in their brand image it’s hard to price the device lower.


The problem lies with the Chrome OS, which isn’t yet up there to be purchased at such a price tag.


Nevertheless, with dimensions set at 11.92 x 8.0 x 0.39-inches (302.76 x 203.2 x 9.91 mm), the Galaxy Chromebook looks immaculate with its sleek and slim design. I wish the device just had a better operating system.


The device weighs 2.29lbs (1.04kg), which is okay for a fully fledged Chromebook. Just like the Lenovo C330, the galaxy Chromebook too has a 360-degree rotating display, and that’s why it’s on our roundup.


The device ships with a 13.3” UHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Samsung displays are top-notch, especially the Ultra-HD ones.


At the core, you’ll see a 10th Gen i5 processor with an 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.


PROS

  • Elegant design
  • Sharp display

CONS

  • Battery life could be better
  • Expensive

Who doesn’t love a goal ol’ HP laptop? HP laptops are reliable, durable, and extremely powerful.


Almost all HP devices run on Windows, and the Chromebook x2 is just one of the exceptions.


This 2-in-1 convertible is quite similar to the Microsoft Pro 7, in the sense that it comes with a detachable keyboard instead of a rotating one.

The device is quite light at 1.61lbs (0.73kg) in its standalone tablet form similar to the Google Pixel State. Together with the base, the x2 weighs 3.06lbs (1.39kg).


This HP device has modest specifications and is priced accordingly.


In terms of display, you’ll find a 12.3” WLED-backlit touch screen with a screen resolution set at 2400 x 1600. The resolution is a bit low when compared to a device like the iPad Pro but HP was never known for its displays. So, this display is more than enough for the simple tasks you can accomplish with the Chrome OS.


At the core, you’ll find a 7th Gen m3 processor which is a surprise as HP usually sticks with the i3, i5, and i7 types. Paired with the microprocessor is a 4GB RAM and pathetic 32GB eMMC.


Battery life is quite solid at around 12.5hrs according to official sources.


PROS

  • Excellent battery life
  • Speakers tuned by Bang and Olufsen

CONS

  • The processor isn’t the best

What Is Chrome OS in Tablet PCs?

To start with basics, Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system developed by Google.


It was first launched in 2011 paired with a new lineup of notebooks called ‘Chromebooks’.


The Chrome OS is simple and mostly based on the cloud, so when it comes to tablets there isn’t a significant change from the OS used in the Chromebooks. This is not the case when it comes to Windows and Apple systems. The operating systems used on Apple laptops and tablets are completely different.


For a long time, Google Tablets came with the stock Android operating systems used on smartphones, just stretched out to fit the wider screens. This kept them competing against operating systems that were fully optimized for tablet PCs.

But since recent Chrome OS has been upping their tablet game with a revamp on their browser user interface. The sizes of the buttons have increased along with a better taskbar.


Better touch support is something that has been missing from the Chrome OS for a long time, but with the new UI, Google is making it easier to do things with simple swipes and taps.


All of this makes it easier for navigation and more user-friendly.

Other Operating Systems

Android

We all love our Android tablets and mobile devices. 


The first Android tablets rolled out way before the Chrome OS was even launched. One of the main problems of the Android OS is that it’s the operating systems used in smartphones and not specifically optimized for tablet PCs.


Simply put, think of your smartphone, now imagine a wider stretched out screen.


This OS is good for your entertainment such as watching movies, playing games, and your occasional emails.


For daily work tasks that usually involve a good amount of word processing, android tablets aren’t the best.


The android tablet vs Chromebook argument is soon coming to an end with the cross-compatibility of applications. You can now use your favorite android apps on a Chrome tablet and Google web applications are already compatible with android devices.


Click here for an extensive list of chrome devices that support android applications.

Lenovo Chromebook


Microsoft Windows

Microsoft has been in the tablet game since the launch of Windows 8, but they were never successful.


With Windows 10, Microsoft made the necessary adjustments and you can see a clear difference between their Desktop and Tablet versions. In a standard Windows installation, both these modes are available. You can even switch to the tablet mode on a Laptop, but you obviously won’t be able to unlock its full potential.


The ease of switching between tablet and desktop mode has given birth to convertible 2-in-1 tablets like the Surface Pro lineup. Surface Pro 7 is probably one of the best versatile convertibles in the market right now.


When you simply disconnect the keyboard, most windows tablets switch into tablet mode and vice versa.

How effective this switch is between modes depends on the applications you are using. All Microsoft apps are optimized for both modes, but the problem comes in when you start using 3rd party software. Some applications are optimized for the tablet mode and some feel like a hit and miss.


Microsoft has done a brilliant job but there’s room for improvement.


To get the full Windows experience you need a mouse and a keyboard. This is why most of the best windows tablets are convertibles with detachable keyboards.

 

With a standalone tablet, it isn’t there yet when compared to the giant we are going to talk about next.


iPad OS

The leading market share for tablets is currently being held by Apple iPads.

They don’t have as many products in the market when compared to Android and Microsoft, but the key is in their operating system and on how user friendly it is.

In my opinion, the price is the only thing keeping people from switching to an iPad.

Unlike Microsoft where the ‘tablet OS’ is just a mode on their standard installation, Apple has three different operating systems for their three main products. The MacBook’s have their own OS, iPhones have their mobile iOS and the iPads have their iPad OS.

Each operating system has its unique features and similarities. The app store is full of applications fully optimized for the tablet experience, unlike the Windows and Android stores.

Even though the iPad OS functions as a tablet OS better than Windows and Android, some drawbacks need attention from Apple.

The split-screen function doesn’t work well when compared to Windows or even Chrome OS. Applications for the iPad OS aren’t optimized to work side by side in adjustable window sizes.

Web browsing is also another issue. Apple hasn’t found that perfect hybrid between the desktop Safari and the iOS Safari for their tablets.

So, Chrome OS is pretty good when it comes to simple daily tasks that usually revolve around web-based applications. It has a long way to go to establish itself as a fully-fledged operating system.

Nevertheless, Chrome tablets are not supposed to be too expensive and are ideal for students. Hope our chrome tablet review gave you an idea of what you might want to invest in.


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