Why Chromebooks are better than iPads

In today's open source roundup: Why Chromebooks are a better option than iPads. Plus: The top five Chromebooks at Amazon. And Chromebooks give iPads a run for their money in education

Why Chromebooks are better than iPads

Chromebooks have become increasingly popular these days, with various models burning up the sales charts on Amazon. But what is it about Chromebooks that make them such a formidable competitor to the iPad? In a recent article, CheatSheet listed five reasons why Chromebooks are a better option than Apple's iPads.

Jess Bolluyt reports for CheatSheet:

If you’ve been eyeing a Chromebook or an iPad, chances are that you’re looking for a secondary device that can multitask. Maybe you need a second screen to stay extra productive at work, or you want a lighter device that’s easy to pack up when you travel, or you want something that’s inexpensive but fun for light browsing and app usage around the house. Or maybe it’s a mix of all three. Either a Chromebook or an iPad is up to any or all of those tasks, but for most people, one of those devices ends up being a better choice.

If you’re looking for a device for lightweight browsing and productivity — one that’s capable of performing the tasks you need without a lot of fuss or maintenance — here are all the reasons why you should go with one of Google’s Chromebooks instead of Apple’s iPad.

1. Chromebooks are more capable.

2. Chromebooks are also more shareable.

3. For many tasks, a keyboard is a necessity.

4. A Chromebook often costs less than an iPad.

5. Chromebooks are easier to maintain.

More at CheatSheet

The top five Chromebooks on Amazon

While Chromebooks have much to offer anyone, folks that are new to Chromebooks might not know where to begin in finding the right model. One easy way to do this is to simply take a look at the top five selling Chromebooks on Amazon.

Jacob Krol reports for BGR:

Google Chrome is not just a web browser, it is also a very simple and intuitive operating system. Since Google launched the operating system a few years back, Chrome desktops and laptop computers have been hitting the market. The latter of the two have become quite popular and just like that, it’s time to check out the top five best-selling Chromebooks on Amazon!

5. Acer Chromebook 15

4. ASUS C201 Chromebook (4GB RAM)

3. ASUS C201 Chromebook (2GB RAM)

2. Toshiba 13.3 Inch Chromebook

1. Acer 11.6-inch Chromebook

More at BGR

Chromebooks versus iPads in schools

The popularity of Chromebooks is not limited to home or business users, many schools are now beginning to adopt Chromebooks. And this has made  the Chromebook a formidable competitor to Apple's iPad in the education market.

Natasha Singer reports for the New York Times:

As school districts across the country increasingly invest in technology for their students, the volume of personal computers in the classroom is surging. And it is Chromebook – notebook computers that run on Google’s Chrome operating system – an upstart in a sector dominated by Apple and Microsoft, that is largely responsible for the growth trend in schools, according to a new report from IDC, a market research firm.

Last year, about 3.9 million Chromebooks were shipped in the education sector, an increase in unit sales of more than 310 percent compared with the previous year, IDC said. By contrast, iPad unit sales for education fell last year to 2.7 million devices, compared to 2.9 million in 2013, according to IDC data.

In the first half of this year, she said, roughly 2.4 million Chromebooks shipped to schools compared with about 2.2 million Windows-based desktops and notebook computers.

“Even if Microsoft is No. 1 in volume and Apple is No. 1 in revenue, from the growth perspective, nobody can beat Chromebook,” said Rajani Singh, a senior research analyst at IDC who tracks the personal computer market and is the author of the report.

More at NY Times

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