It’s hard to split our categories, because they each have their own advantages. A Chromebook can be placed on a surface, angled appropriately, and chuck out as many movies and online videos as you like while you lounge. But we’d have to list it bottom of the pile because, unless you invest a lot of cash in a Chromebook, you’re going to be dealing with a barrel-bottom display—and throwing a thousand bucks at a Chromebook basically defeats the object.
Tablets give you that larger screen, and usually sport solid viewing angles—there’s nothing better (apart, perhaps, from a massive TV) when it comes to curling up on the couch to watch something special. Load up a tablet with media before you travel, and it helps you pass the time in style. But is a tablet as strong as an LTEequipped phone that can slide into your pocket? Not by a long shot. Podcasts, audiobooks, streaming radio—they’re all best suited to a tiny device with headphones, and the negative of a phone’s smaller screen doesn’t beat the positive of its portability. Mobile media consumption on either of the other formats just isn’t as convenient.