Google just get an “A” in the classroom with the search giant’s affordable laptop, the Chromebook, beating Apple’s costlier iPad as the top mobile computer device in schools.
Google shipped 715,000 of their Chromebooks in the third quarter of 2014, compared to Apple’s 702,000 iPads, The Financial Times reported, based on statistics released from market research firm International Data Corporation.
The Chromebook is a traditional laptop with its own keyboard. That and a lower price point are the two biggest factors in Chromebook’s march to the head of the class.
“As the average age of the student grows the need for a keyboard becomes very important,” said Rajani Singh, an analyst with the IDC.
Chromebook carries a $199 price tag. The iPad cost can total more than $300, including education discounts.
The IDC released data in November projecting that the tablet market’s year-over-year growth will see a sharp decline in 2014 globally, falling from 7.2 percent from 52.5 percent in 2013.
A proposal to spend $500 million to give every student in the Los Angeles public school system an iPad did not go over well. In fact, the L.A. schools superintendent was forced to resign. L.A. schools now will have the option to purchase Chromebooks.