iPad mini or Chromebook

#1 Feb 4th, 2014, 05:15
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Hi all,

I'm kinda having a little dilemma. On my coming trip I'm not planning to take a smartphone (becouse I dont have one since my iPhone got lost on my last trip). To keep in touch with family and friends (Skype, facebook), backup my pictures and videos, book tickets and keep up with my travel log I'd like to have some kind of electronical device. I can't decide rather to go for an iPad mini or Chromebook. The most perfect would be an ultrabook since this is powerfull enough for Photoshop on the way. However my budget doesnt allowes this. iPad mini and Chromebook share the same price of 279,- Euro.

The first pro of the iPad mini is it's weight (300g vs 1,1kg + adapter), and size (7" vs 11") wich make it more easy to hand and carry around. The second pro is that I can use Whatsapp on it (a very important way for us youngsters to keep in touch)

So far for the pro's, up to the cons. Storage - iPad offers only 16 GB storage and is unable to transfer data from SD card to a portable harddisk for backup. This could still be done at a computer. My biggest doubt is keyboard. Writing long travel blogs would be allmost impossible to write on a touchscreen.

I guess I could just dissapear off the Whatsapp-radar for a couple of months, but this makes arranging skype "dates" a bit harder. What are your toughts here?
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First of all be sure you're going to be in places with Wi-Fi. It's not always available, hotels that have it often give you only one hour a day and the connection can be flaky. For calling home, since foreigners can't seem to get a SIM card in Tamil Nadu, I placed calls over 3G, which is pretty easily found. I used a smartphone and an external keyboard for notes.
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Most of the places I have been to last time had Wifi, altough very often it was very very slow or not working realy well. But in that case the same applied to the computers that used cable.
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I just found out that the Chromebook does everything on the cloud, so I can't even work on my log without connection. That's one more + for the iPad.
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Have you considered the Samsung Galaxy Tab? The Note is more expensive.
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Chromebook is a different fruit from an ipad mini. Buy a refurbished ipad mini for less
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Originally Posted by TriXal0ne View Post
The first pro of the iPad mini is it's weight (300g vs 1,1kg + adapter), and size (7" vs 11") wich make it more easy to hand and carry around. The second pro is that I can use Whatsapp on it (a very important way for us youngsters to keep in touch)
I have never owned a smartphone but do have an iPad which was an excellent travel companion on my last India trip. I looked up Whatsapp and found there is no support for iPads but then saw, from a search, that there is a nerdy? workaround to load the app onto an iPad. TriXal0ne, if you decide on the iPad mini and then succeed loading Whatsapp please keep us posted.
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I would vote iPad. I have a small Asus tablet which is 16GB. The only reason I didn't want to get iPad is because I didn't want to spend lots of money on something that could potentially be stolen, damaged or lost. The touch screen tablets are not bad to write on when you get used to them. I would say the auto correct is more annoying. For photo back up I am using my tablet and uploading to Google drive and sharing them with my dad who then puts them on my hard drive. I also keep my photos on the SD card. Which means I am carrying 4 cards but they are small and lightweight. Not all places have WiFi but I have never had a problem not being able to find a WiFi cafe or internet place. For communication I have used Facebook, email and Skype. I don't have whatsapp. I also have kindle app which is useful. Tablets are great, glad I brought mine.
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My choice out of two has to be iPad Mini.. Camera on iPad Mini may also come in use, and with Chrome book, you will need an internet connection for the most basic task, and without internet connection, Chrome book is useless. If storage is an issue on iPad Mini, consider one of Android Tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 where you can use MicroSD to store info. Check prices of tablets in India before you go as Rupee is weak right now and you may end up getting a good deal in India. One more thing to do is set up a Dropbox account for extra storage.
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Originally Posted by The_Londoner View Post My choice out of two has to be iPad Mini.. Camera on iPad Mini may also come in use, and with Chrome book, you will need an internet connection for the most basic task, and without internet connection, Chrome book is useless. If storage is an issue on iPad Mini, consider one of Android Tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 where you can use MicroSD to store info. Check prices of tablets in India before you go as Rupee is weak right now and you may end up getting a good deal in India. One more thing to do is set up a Dropbox account for extra storage.
I went to the store today and they told me the same about the Chromebook. Also it's not able to do skype, or connect a hard drive to. So it's kind of useless for my purpose. I still realy can't decide rather to go for a iPad or mini laptop. I tried typing on the ipad today and it was oke with fingers in the air, but after a bit I started to get cramps.

The biggest pro of carying a laptop is that I can do all in onece with it, no need at all to go to an internet cafe to exchange photo's to HDD. Another pro is that I can backup the photo's on the laptop + on HDD. I already lost photo's once so I'm realy carefull this time.

I'm a bit sceptic about backup at cloud services while traveling. Most Wifi and cable connections I've worked sucked. I can't imagine having to upload 8 GB's at onece, even one small picture can take forever!
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If it is a toss-up between the Chromebook and iPad mini, my vote goes to the iPad mini. Reasons given by Fing Fang and The_Londoner pretty much cover it.

There are benefits to having a laptop/ultrabook which the iPad/Chromebook does not offer. But they do add weight or cost more for the added benefit(s).

You can either -

a) Get an iPad mini and team it up with a keyboard (mind you it adds a bit of bulk) like this one
b) You can go for a Microsoft Tablet (Like This)
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Chromebook is off the table now

However, it's still hard to decide. I'm a bit sensetive to desing as well, and the iPad mini just looks and feels great Samsung Ultra 5 series would be best, but probly a little over budget. If I put my love for desing aside and just look at practical use a small (yet ticker and more heavy then ultrabook) laptop would be the best in my case.
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I was looking originally for a mini netbook but nowadays a decent tablet is cheaper. Have a look at the Asus and Acer brands. They are cheaper then iPad and Samsung but do the same thing.
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I think my final choice will go to a small laptop, or perhaps the Asus transformer if my budget allowes.. Or maybe I do go for a ultrabook.

Or perhaps back to the iPad...?

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To my surprise, I received a free ipad mini in the mail for signing up to highspeed internet in December..... and I've only used it once so far. I haven't found a constructive use for it yet and surprised to discover that it lacks a usb port.
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