Chromebook or Nexus 7?

At LockerGnome.net, lorddresefer writes:

I am torn between Samsung’s Chromebook or the Nexus 7 tablet as they are at the same exact price point. Both seem great for surfing the Web / email / usual things that every single person mentions.

What I am unsure about is the quality of text on both screens; is the bigger screen on the Chromebook worth it, or is the Nexus 7 screen so good that the smaller size isn’t an issue?

My main uses would be surfing the Web and filling out job applications. And while I love Android and the tablet form factor, I would also like a physical keyboard; are there affordable ones of good quality for the Nexus? I know the Chromebook has a really good one. Are there a lot of quality apps for Chrome (comparable to modern Android apps)?

Also, one thing I have wanted to do is record audio (specifically electric guitar). Is the Nexus 7 up for the task, or would it have to be Chromebook? (I’m currently using my Galaxy Nexus and it has a lot of glitches when recording audio that make it unbearable to listen to).

Chromebook or Nexus 7

Chromebook or Nexus 7?

You seem to have answered your own question here, for the most part. The Chromebook seems to be what you’re already leaning toward. The Chromebook already has the physical keyboard that you want/need, but the Nexus 7 doesn’t and you’ll have to buy an affordable one to make your life easier. You should factor that into the price of both devices, which means that the Chromebook is more affordable for you. However, I have searched the Web and found a keyboard for you, although I can’t guarantee the quality of the keyboard.

Logitech K810 Bluetooth, illuminated keyboard, currently $76 at the time of this writing.

This keyboard is made out of aluminum and seems to be the “best” choice compared to the others judging by reviews. The only con given is that the keyboard itself seems a little cramped, but I’m sure it would fit your needs. The plus point is that Logitech makes great hardware, so this should be a pretty solid keyboard that’s built to last.

I’d say that the Nexus 7 could be up to the task, but the Chromebook is probably the better way to go from the needs you described. Audacity is available from the Chrome Web Store, but it’s from a third party that doesn’t currently support Chrome OS or the Chromebook. However, after an audio search, there seem to be apps that would allow you to record your guitar.

I hope, in some small way, that this helps you arrive at a decision that will make you happy.

Image: Chromebook Foto Test by zoinno (via Flickr)

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