Chromebooks still beat Apple’s iPad is one crucial way

“Earlier this week we saw Apple CEO Tim Cook take the stage with a sales pitch designed to convince schools to end their love affair with Google’s Chromebook and make a switch to the iPad,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet. “But the Chromebook still beats the iPad in one critical way.”

“I’m talking about the keyboard,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “Yes, as simple a distinction as that seems, this is one key way that the Chromebook as the iPad totally beat. Whether we are talking about the on-screen keyboard, Apple’s physical keyboard for the iPad, or the myriad of third-party keyboards out there that are available for the tablet, they all come a very distant second to the built-in physical keyboard found on the Chromebook.”

“Yes, sure, you can make do with an iPad, and you might be able to do things with the iPad that you can’t do with a Chromebook – such as record video or have access to AR – but as soon as you have more than a few hundred words to type, that keyboard problem is ready to bite you at a moment’s notice,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “If the iPad really were the true laptop killer that Apple claims it is, Cook would have pulled the plug on the lower-end MacBooks. He hasn’t done that.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Kingsley-Hughes obviously hasn’t given the Logitech Rugged Combo 2 its due.

The crucial way Chromebooks beat iPad is on the price tag. Shortsighted, poorly-managed, and/or poorly-funded school systems will se only that initial price tag and nothing else; not Total Cost of Ownership, not resale value, and not ability to tech children how to think and learn creatively.

As always, the richest and/or most forward-thinking schools will have Apple solutions and the rest won’t. The former will produce the type of people that will get the best jobs.

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  1. It’s almost as though Apple, realizing their current user base isn’t buying into their, ‘The iPad is better than a computer!’, shenanigans is going after children that don’t know any better. The iPad is a cool tool, but that’s it. Chromebooks aren’t exactly fantastic, either. Neither is overemphasis on technology in classrooms in general. That can come later, it’s as absurd as ‘Everyone should code!’. There’s nothing wrong with technological literacy, certainly, but neither Apple nor Google knows what the heck they are doing.

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