3 Reasons You Should Buy a Chromebook Tablet Instead of Android

Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

While there are some great Android tablets out there, I don’t know why you would buy anything other than a disposable Fire HD for your child. Yes really. Samsung may be better at updating its tablets these days, but they still aren’t supported in the same way as Chrome OS devices. I haven’t yet seen “Productivity mode” on any tablet that holds a candle to Chrome OS either.

If you’re looking for a tablet and want it to be something you can work on for a few hours – or a few days while you wait for a replacement laptop or your Macbook repairs to be done – you should be looking at Chromebook tablets like the HP Chromebook x2 11 and the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5. You’ll save money, avoid headaches, and have a more versatile device.

You do not believe me ? Keep reading.

Reason #1: 8 years of platform and security updates

Lenovo Chromebook Duet Mode 3 LaptopSource: Jeramy Johnson/Android Central

Samsung promises four years of security updates for most of its phones and tablets sold from 2019, but not that these are Security updates, not platform updates. And once you look beyond Samsung, the tablet updates get even worse.

By contrast, Chromebooks get eight years of platform and security updates. The 2020 Lenovo Chromebook Duet will get updates until at least June 2028, and the Lenovo Duet 5 and HP x2 11 will get them until at least June 2029. Show me an Android tablet with this support waiting for it; I defy you.

Chrome OS tablets last twice as long as Android.

The Google Chrome OS team also oversees the update for all Chromebooks, so you don’t have to wait for multiple teams of developers to pass the update before it hits your device. It’s also easy to switch from the Stable Channel to the Beta or Dev Channels if you’re bored and want to try new features. Getting back to stability requires a factory reset, but since Chromebooks are mostly automatically backed up, they’ll automatically reinstall your Android apps, Chrome extensions, and of course your bookmarks will always be in sync.

It all adds up to a tablet that sees new features added more regularly, bugs fixed faster and updates coming for years longer than on Android.

Reason #2: Desktop Chrome browser with full keyboard shortcuts

HP Chromebook X2 11Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

I’ve used Dex mode, I’ve used Productivity mode, and none of them hold up for having full desktop mode on Chromebooks once you attach the keyboard. Chrome OS has a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that make it easy to snap windows side to side, you can use text expanders and other extensions, and websites will load the desktop version instead than an oversized web view.

While most of us won’t use a tablet as our primary computer, the HP x2 11 and especially the Lenovo Duet 5 are tablets that could serve as full-time machines. You get the convenience of desktop Chrome and the flexibility of Android apps through Google Play.

Lenovo Duet 5 ChromebookSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

Working on Android tablets is possible, but Dex Mode/Productivity Mode app compatibility is so lackluster compared to a Chromebook that it just seems incomplete. Not all apps are optimized for Chrome OS, but at least all apps can run in a phone-sized window rather than being a full-screen mess when it comes to unsupported apps about working modes of Android tablets.

I worked full time from a Duet 5, I worked full time from an HP x2 11, and that just wasn’t possible with Android tablets for the last two years .

Reason #3: Accessories included – with wider compatibility and faster speeds

Lenovo Chromebook Duet Standing Desk Ac Home PageLenovo Chromebook Duet AccessoriesSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

Then there’s the added cost when you get the accessories needed to work on an Android tablet. Buying a keyboard and stand can easily add another $100-$150 to the already high price of a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. For other Android tablets, you may need to opt for Bluetooth or aftermarket solutions if the tablet was not designed for a POGO keyboard.

Chrome tablets, on the other hand, learned from the mistakes of Google Pixel Slate and now all come with keyboards and kickstands in the box. Even the $200 Lenovo Chromebook Duet comes with a kickstand and keyboard in the box, because Chrome OS was (and still is) best when used with a keyboard and mouse/trackpad. Tablet mode on Chrome is now perfectly usable, but the keyboard is still handy to have (plus, it doubles as a screen protector when folded in your bag).

HP Chromebook X2 11Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

And because Chrome OS tablets have the same driver and accessory support as regular Chromebooks, you can easily plug them into a good USB-C hub, and from there plug them into a second screen, keyboard solid full size or even an external hard drive. discs.

Chrome tablets also have another handy accessory these days: faster loading speeds. While the Galaxy Tab S7 series may offer 45W PPS charging, the vast majority of Android tablets only charge at 18-30W, while on Chrome the opposite is true. The Lenovo Duet only charges 18W, but the HP x2 11, Lenovo Duet 5, and others use standard 45W PD charging. That means Chrome tablets will make it quicker to escape the chains of the wall charger and get back to your games, work, or looking for tablet shoulder bags to take your new tablet to the cafe, park, or office. with you.

Reason for the bonus: A perfect gateway to Chromebooks

Lenovo Duet 5 ChromebookSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

Even better, if you try out a Chrome tablet, you can get familiar with Chrome OS. If your kids are getting Chromebooks for school, having a Chromebook tablet lets you know where things are and how to fix them when a setting is changed or something goes wrong. It also allows you to gauge the usefulness of the system before possibly buying your child their own Chromebook if the school-provided laptops are too slow.

Who knows, once you’ve used Chrome OS on a tablet, you might also consider a great Chromebook for your next laptop – or a Chromebox for the grandparents so they can do their browsing but can’t break anything and will automatically update for nearly a decade. (They’re also great for international travel as you can easily factory reset them before/after going through customs to avoid eavesdropping.)

Having a Chromebook tablet also means you have a spare laptop for anyone in the house who needs it, whether the kids need to share it for the summer between school-issued Chromebooks or if the wife needs it during that his laptop is being repaired for a coffee spill. This is definitely something you cannot claim with any Android tablet in the market today.

The best of both worlds

Lenovo Chromebook Duo 5

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook

All the Android apps you love, plus desktop Chrome and longer updates.

With a screen that has to be seen to be believed and a battery that can last all day and more, the Lenovo Duet 5 steals the best of both worlds. The 13-inch screen means you get a full-size keyboard that’s easy to type on, and a peak brightness of 400 nits will make it easy to use this tablet outdoors.

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