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Me­dia Con­sump­tion

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.

Win­ner: Smart­phone

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