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You're over-thinking the concepts
Neither the iPad nor the Chromebook are intended to be full-powered computers; they're intermediate devices that give you access to your data with some editing capability when you are not sitting at your desktop. Beyond that, the iPad permits that functionality when you simply have no place to set down a clamshell device. In other words, they are supplemental devices to your desktop, not replacements. They make mobility easier by not forcing you to lug around a 5# plus laptop that only gives you two-to-four hours of functional battery life. An iPad, used as a desktop supplement, could offer as much as two full days of mobility function per charge by simply understanding and working within its capabilities and not trying to force it to be more than what it is.