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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by TouchArchive, Oct 19, 2012.

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    I tried out a Chromebook in Best Buy for a few minutes a couple weeks ago. I was not impressed. I couldn't figure out how to perform the simplest tasks with no knowledge of the OS. I think it is extremely important for these new mobile devices to be user friendly right out of the box, just like iOS.
     
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    I was reading about this earlier today, here it is £229, very tempting as I do 90% of my work in chrome
     
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    I can't say I've had any difficulties with the OS ans there aren't many "tasks" to perform.

    1. Sign into Google Account.
    2. Sync Google data.
    3. Use. :)

    What threw you exactly out of interest?

    I've already seen some great changes to the OS over the little time I've had the device (currently using the Beta channel of ChromeOS) to stay one step ahead. This is how the current Beta channel looks: (gone is the iOS style app launcher which I wasn't a fan of)
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'm currently using the Samsung Chromebook 5 550 as a laptop and it does everything I need in a portable computer (my Desktop is my grunt that does all my computing heavy lifting).

    I'm very tempted to pick up one of the new ARM based Chromebooks for my daughter to stop her hogging mine when she wants to go online. Love the fact that the new model is fanless too being a more power friendly architecture.
     
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    opinioncircle

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    Is that true that this is a lesser powerful CPU than the S Galaxy III? I really don't see much of the use for such a device...
     
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    It has less cores than the Galaxy S III but it's running the Exynos 5250 while the Galaxy S III uses Exynos 4 Quad.

    From what I've read, the Mali-T604 in the Chromebook has higher performance than the GPU in the S3 (Mali 400 MP4). The Chromebook also has a dual A15 based CPU as opposed to the Galaxy S III's quad A9 processor.

    This is what the Chromebook is based on:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6148/samsung-announces-a15malit604-based-exynos-5-dual
     
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    I've always thought Chrome books were interesting.

    I'm passing for now and letting the concept bake a little longer, but it's moving in the right direction.
     
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    Rogifan

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    Introducing a cheap imitation of the MacBook Air? Doesn't Samsung have no shame? :eek:
     
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    Looks much more similar to my Dell than a MacBook. I guess Dell is copying the MacBook?
     
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    You can't see the similarity?

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    Waste of money only good for web browsing no good apps can't run any programs better off with a nice tablet.
     
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    Make it look better and ill buy. It looks like one of those netbooks you buy at CVS.
     
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    Wrong. There are many good web apps as long as you have a good processor, which of course these machines have.

    Would I buy one? No. Would I install Chrome OS if I could on my MacBook Pro to dual boot? You bet I would.
     
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    I remember the community screaming similar stuff to this when Apple first released / announced the original MacBook Air....




    My only wish is they allowed users to install or boot into Android on the chromebook as well as ChromeOS
     
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    Technarchy

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    I'd love to see Google do Chrome OS on a phone and tablet.

    My beef with Chrome books a year ago was the lack of offline content.

    It's one area where it needs to be stronger for sure.

    And generally I think the iPad is the much stronger, and versatile product for "light" computing.
     
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    USB
    HDMI
    16 gb of on board storage
    SD card slot for even more on board storage
    100gb of online storage
    6.5 hr battery life
    30 minute recharge time
    Matte screen to reduce glare
    Great "macbook air" type look
    Virus protection built-in
    Auto updates every 6 weeks
    Great keyboard
    Great trackpad
    Can play 1080p video no problem
    Google chrome store
    Does everything I need in a laptop

    All this in a device that only costs $249? :confused:
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    SOLD!
     
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    Yeah, they need to develop things further. I also wonder if we'll ever see a desktop version of Android. Maybe a ChromeBook powered by Android? Or maybe a Nexus laptop?
     
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    This looks like a knockoff MacBook Air running Windows 7. Seriously, though.

    So much for product differentiation.
     
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    I have gone off buying this now, didn't know it looked like the MacBook Air;)
     

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