Chrome Book vs. iPad For School Uses

With technology developing into what it is today, many new uses for technology have become available. One of these uses includes a school environment. Many students prefer to take notes, create documents, read online books, etc. from their computer or other device instead of the conventional way. Two of these “devices” are the Google Chromebook, and the Apple iPad.

Physical Features

Feature New iPad Chromebook
Size 9.7 Inch Multitouch Screen, 1.44 Pounds, 16-64GB Storage 11.6 Inch Screen, 2.2 Pounds, 100GB of Free Google Drive Storage
Battery Life 9 Hours (not including gaming or other intensive usage) 6.5 Hours
Applications, Operating System iOS (limited to iOS applications) ChromeOS (only internet applications)
Hardware Features Multitouch Screen Full Keyboard, Trackpad
Price $499 (16GB) $699 (64GB) Non-4G Models – 64GB 4G Model $829 Starting at $249

The Break Down

Both devices are capable of doing extraordinary things, each having their own stregnths and weaknesses. The iPad is a great multimedia interactive device, and the Chromebook is a great internet accessible laptop. For school usage however, the Chromebook seems to pull ahead of the iPad in many of the required fields.

The Keyboard

One of the flagship features of the Chromebook is that it has a keyboard, a real keyboard. The iPad has an on-screen virtual keyboard, but it not like the real thing. Using a keyboard is essentials for note taking, creating documents, projects, presentations, etc. The keyboard on the iPad just doesn’t live up to the Chromebook’s, and in this field, the Chromebook wins, which leads into the next point:

Document Creation

The Chromebook has the ability to take advantage of the Google Suite, which includes Google Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, etc. The iPad has the ability to take advantage of the Apple Suite, including a mobile version of Numbers, Keynote, and Pages. The mobile version meaning some of the features on the desktop version are not available, simply because they become too difficult to use without a keyboard/mouse. The Chromebook also has the ability to save documents to the Google Drive, or a flash drive for use on other computers. The iPad only allows storage internally, or using a third-party application. In this field as well, the Chromebook wins again.


Because of the large, multi-touch display that is standard with the iPad, you can do many things such as editing images, browsing the internet, using the multitasking features, etc. with ease. The Chromebook still uses the standard trackpad that people are used to using on laptops. With the iPads ability to touch anywhere on the screen; to interact it with it in that way, leads the iPad to victory in this category.

Overall – School Usage

Overall, the Chromebook seems to be the favorable choice for school usage. The iPad lacks the features that allow it to be helpful for documents, notes, text-books, etc. It also creates distractions from school work such as social networking apps, cameras, games, etc. The Chromebook, with its full keyboard and laptop-style design, allows the editing of documents, notes, in a very easy and portable way, especially for the price.