07/08/2011, 05:26 PM
So, I actually got a chromebook and a touchpad on the same day. I didn't plan it that way, but the chromebook was more than 2 weeks late in shipping.
I bought them for different reasons, but I can't help but notice just how much more I enjoy using the chromebook vs. being on my touchpad. I think this would be true for any tablet, not just the TP, but I only own one tablet and TP is it.
There are similarities between the two. They both sport dual core processors, and solid state memory. And, they are both very light and very small.
I have to say, there are very few scenarios where I would prefer my tablet over my chromebook. When you have a robust web-browser like Chrome, you don't need an email app, you can go right to your email. I don't need to worry about how your calender app is syncing with your google calendar, You can go right to the calendar. You don't have to worry about facebook, twitter, or anything on the web for that matter.
I do enjoy reading web pages on the couch with the TP. And, I like passing the TP to a friend to share a photo or a web page. It's nice. But it blows my mind that people think tablets are going to become a "productivity suite" for them. Theres just no way.
By the way, I think WebOS is awesome. I love WebOS every since my Palm Pre which I got on June 6th 2009. And, I love WebOS much more than Android, which I've been using while gritting my teeth since June 2010. But, I have to say, I think ChromeOS is better than WebOS. Its smoother, easier to use. Not clunky at all, etc.
So, essentially my question isn't so much, "what's better, chromebook or touchpad." Really, my question is, why use a tablet at all? Especially, why use a tablet when lightning fast portable computing exists on something like a Chromebook?