Its interesting that my first review is not photography related, but it does relate to my business.
I've had several tablets large and small Apple and Google, but never found quite the right one for me. The larger ones got very heavy over time and the smaller ones had small on screen keyboards. SWYPE helped a lot, but trying to type an article such as this one (typing on the Chromebook) was something that I really didn't enjoy doing.
I bought a usb keyboard and a bluetooth keyboard, but both had me carrying two things around.
I just wanted a secondary device to go online, play games and do all the word processing I needed.
I saw the Chromebook several months ago and thought it was neat, but wasn't sure about it. I hadn't heard much about it and I heard all the talk about the Surface. But, I'm not really a windows guy.
So, I decided on a newer tablet and it seemed to work. I put my photos on it and planned on sharing my work on it.
And then, I picked up a newer cell phone. I had everything I needed in the palm of my hand and I slowly started to use my tablet less and less.
My needs had changed and I found that I didn't use my tablet to showcase my work, but was constantly getting e-mails and working on my blog more often.
I started to research the Samsung Chromebook online as I remembered my battles with previous keyboards.
There are limited reviews online, but the good ones convinced me that it was what I needed.
The Chromebook is very lightweight and made of a hard textured plastic. It has a sleek finish and may remind some of the macbook air. The keypad works well although the buttons aren't too plush. There is plenty of space on the touchpad and around it. The screen is a liquid crystal display with no glass cover so be careful with it. Opening the Chromebook requires two hands as the hinge is pretty secure. The Chromebook is a good size and weight which makes it very easy transporting and typing on for hours.
The Chromebook is rated for an average of 7 hrs of battery life, but that really depends on your use. Some have stated online that they got closer to 9 hrs out of a full charge. This was a very big selling point for me as I find I have lots of chargers everywhere.
The operating system is great. The Chromebook boots up immediately and only takes seconds to boot down. Setup is so quick. You login to your google account, or you can create one and you're up and running. Everything is online. That was a strange concept at first, but there are specific apps for the Chromebook and there are more created every month. Soon you find yourself using the google calendar, google e-mail, google docs and many other apps that actually work together. GIven the processor power and other specs the Chromebook actually moves quite fast. I will say that this part will take a little getting used to because there are no systems like in Windows or Mac. But you do have your own hub of apps that you build and work from.
The Samsung Chromebook has 16gb of internal storage. This is on an SSD. This means there is no hard drive. That means it won't be noisy and explains how it turns and off so quickly. That also means there is limited storage, but....
There are a couple usb ports where you can attach an external hard drive or a memory stick for more space. Also you can use the Google Cloud. Google offers 100GB of storage for 2 years.
So far I really like it and it does everything I need it to. I can understand that its not for everyone, but if you are looking for a tablet size computer for word processing and internet, keeping track of contacts, to do's, storing your files this could be for you. It is virtually a netbook, but at a better price and with more capabilities if you already use google.
It is definitely worth a look.
So if you are in the market for a tablet take a look at the Chromebook. There are different ones out there, but this one works best for me. It is more capable and will get more use than a traditional tablet.
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