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This won’t come as a sur­prise, but it’s very hard to work ef­fi­ciently on a smart­phone. Even the largest ph­ablets have a screen that’s just too small to con­tain any sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of a doc­u­ment and an on-screen key­board, and while the apps are there—analogs of the Mi­crosoft Of­fice suite, Google’s col­lec­tion, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween— ac­tu­ally us­ing them is an­other mat­ter. The same can be said of tablets; if you re­ally want to get some­thing done on a key­board-free de­vice, you’re go­ing to have to jug­gle with Blue­tooth pe­riph­er­als and squint re­ally hard. That said, there’s slightly more screen real es­tate to work with on big­ger de­vices, and cer­tain ex­am­ples (the iPad Pro, in par­tic­u­lar) are uniquely suited to artis­tic pur­suits in a way that no other de­vice can match.

While the tools on a Chrome­book are more lim­ited than those of a full PC, and the power is far less, the lap­top-shaped form fac­tor lends it­self much more sharply to get­ting things done. Just about ev­ery task can be com­pleted with web-based apps, and (rick­ety) com­pat­i­bil­ity with An­droid apps means you’ll likely be able to fill in any blanks if you run into a wall.

Win­ner: Chrome­book

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