Chrome Book anyone?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by bluebird3, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. bluebird3 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2013
    Just read about it on line somewhere and school seems to be liking those for its cost, ease of use and secure?
  2. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    If you just need the web, and web apps, then it'll be enough. If you need anything more, however, then it won't be.
  3. AustinIllini macrumors G3


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    This. Extra emphasis on "anything".
  4. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Google is slowly expanding the capabilities of ChromeOS to allow more offline functionality. (not a reason to consider buying a Chromebook now though)

    Having said that, I'm still puzzled by the apparent popularity of Chromebooks. To me, they're nothing more than a tech-refresh/remix of the old 3277 terminals of the 1970's.
  5. AustinIllini macrumors G3


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Agreed. They feel like a step backwards. A big step backwards.
  6. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I personally couldn't function only using a Chromebook but I picked up a refurb Samsung Chromebook last year for $160 to check it out. Definitely doesn't meet my needs but it's perfect for my younger kids. My kids (4th and 5th grade) are set up with Google accounts by their school and use Google's suite of apps for nearly all of their schoolwork--can store and submit/share all work via Drive. Most of their other computer work is via web based applications so the Chromebook is a very inexpensive way to meet all of their needs.

    They'll most certainly need a more robust computer when they're a bit older but for now, a Chromebook is a great option--can see why it would be attractive to schools, especially elementary education.
  7. kevinof macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    Got one for my dad (acer with a touch screen). He loves it. Has everything he wants - browser, email, contacts, you tube and is light. For these types of uses it's a great solution. For power users (probably only about 5% of us) maybe not so good.
  8. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    They are popular, because they are cheap, don't need constant security updates like Windows, can do everything Microsoft Office can and allows for normal stuff like email and websurfing. A lot of people don't need a full computer to do these minor tasks. For these people the Chromebook is an awesome product.
  9. bmxracer macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2014
    The school systems are switching to more technology based learnng. Teacher have their students type up their work on google docs now instead of microsoft word, due to many students not having the program at home. Most of the english teachers at the local schools have an entire class set of chromebooks for the class. The other classes share class sets of original ipads and old windows xp dell laptops. The schools also have many computer labs. Every class room also has smartboards. All students have a school google account for their work which works great with the chromebooks. The teachers love the chromebooks because they boot up faster than all the other computers and all the students have to do is share their assignments with them like that. I however could not replace a regular laptop with a chromebook but for their price they are decent. I also saw they had released a 4g t-mobile version with 500mb of free 4g a month for free. Which make chromebooks a little more apealing.
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I believe they can run android apps now, which makes them a better buy than a tablet for me personally. When I use laptop/tablet outside of work it is mainly to surf the web, which is a much better experience with a physical keyboard.
  11. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    OP, you may find this article useful:

    One thing they don't mention in that article, and has not been mentioned in this thread, is printing. I haven't used a Chromebook but my understanding is that a Chromebook cannot print to a conventional standalone printer. You either need a Cloud Print enabled printer or a conventional printer connected to the web via a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer.
  12. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    Not yet they can't but it is in the works.
  13. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I'm concerned about how the experience will be on a non-touchscreen device in regards to applications that are made for mobile.


    No, no, they do get constant security updates. You get a completely "new version" every 6 weeks or so. The difference is that it's more of a quiet update than Windows is. Also, I take it you really like it. I had one, it was pretty neat. Screen ended up crapping out shortly after I gave it over to my big sister.

    Still can't find an offline image editor for it that's anywhere close to GIMP.
  14. sdimas macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2014
    I hoped I would never have to remember my high-school classes (I just graduated). We had hp thin clients, which were slow even for Google docs :eek: they started a laptop program when I was a sophomore so I didn't get one. The laptops are a different model every year but a lot better that our computer labs and thin clients.

    I also dislike this move to technologically impaired learning.

    (used pencil and notebook most of the time, with the best notes you could ever copy :p)
  15. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    My dad has the 2012 Samsung Chromebook. I'm not a fan of it myself because the screen is so awful and the plastic build of the computer feels so cheap. They also gimp the machine by only giving it 2 GB RAM. The new Sammy Chromebook 2 has 4 now but apparently the processor is still so underpowered that it feels slow no matter the RAM upgrade. Someone should but a mid-level Chromebook with a halfway decent display, processor, and RAM. As of now, you can either the low-end or the overpriced high-end Pixel. There should be a middle ground offering.
  16. nexus4life macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2014
    The whole lack of viruses thing is probably appreciated a lot by most people.

    I don't quite understand why someone would go out to buy a Chromebook Pixel but the ones in the ~$200-ish price range is perfect. Especially if you really only need web browsing, which is becoming much more capable with offline features.
  17. mrnoglue macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
  18. mjcharlton71 macrumors member


    Nov 11, 2011
    Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Myself, I picked up the HP Chromebook 11 a few months back.... I've hardly used my MBA since. That tells me everything about my usage patterns and that I need to sell the MBA really!
  19. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    If the chromebook had exchange capability then I would consider it. However I don't see why I wouldn't use an ipad with a keyboard over a chromebook.
  20. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I am afraid Google Chrome OS will put Microsoft out of business in about 5 years. Google is working on Top secret at the Google Barge in Stockton Bay. :apple:
  21. kevinof macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    er let me see ... maybe cost?

  22. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    SOME Android apps will come in the future. I only hope they do it properly. The new journal app by those Jotterpad guys looks great, a bit of tweaks, and that would be perfect for a Chromebook.

    I agree with sdimas, I don't like this move either. I've used computers all my school life, but it was never an everyday thing. Looking at the work my 12 year-old brother came home with to finish on Google Drive this last year, I don't think the school district understands how to use it to their advantage either.

    I tried using a Sony Vaio in 7th grade for note taking. It didn't work well so I've never done it again. I'm pretty sure something like the Surface would be better, but I take like three lines of notes in class these days. I take in information better if I just sit there and listen.

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