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Default The Google Chromebook vs Nexus 7 Thread

Seems that there are a few topics regarding which is better so this thread will purely compare them.

The Google Chromebook, Suddenly, Is An Enterprise Contender | ZDNet

The Google Chromebook:
  • 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 (ARM Cortex A15)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 11.6" 1366 x 768 HD display
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • HDMI port

Nexus 7:
  • Tegra 3 quad core processor (ARM Cortex A9)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 7" 1280x800 HD display
  • Only USB 2.0 compatibility
  • No HDMI port

Discussion: Exynos 5 (ARM Cortex A15) vs Tegra 3 (ARM Cortex A9)

The Exynos 5 uses a dual-core, 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 CPU that can support up to 2560x1600 resolution, 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and USB 3.0.

The Cortex-A15 has been benchmarked running twice as fast as the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, which, coincidentally, is used in the Surface and the Google Nexus tablet.
Winner: Exynos 5 (ARM Cortex A15)

Discussion: Practicality

The practicality of tablets vs laptops is another deciding factor. Picture yourself at work, school or a lecture. What do you see yourself doing?

The advantage of a tablet is its portability, however the Google Chromebook's size is also very portable.

Sometimes the Nexus 7 is seen as too small to be a practical computer. This is where the Google Chromebook beats the Nexus 7. The Chromebook can be used as a computer for office work, using Microsoft programs, and is much much faster. It has a fully functional keyboard.

Therefore, if you want something that is more practical and laptop-like while still be very portable, the Google Chromebook is for you.

However if you're just looking for a toy to play around with, occasional web browsing and gaming, then the Nexus 7 is for you.

Discussion: Technological viability

The Google Chromebook has many other features that the Nexus 7 doesn't have. This includes newer and faster CPU architecture, USB 3.0, HDMI port and more RAM.

USB 3.0 is a particularly attractive feature where uploading data into a computer may be several times faster than USB 2.0.

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