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Chromebook, yes or no ?

Discussion in 'Herman's Genres' started by Herman, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    I like to get one, that's why I started this thread.
     
  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Interested in replies myself. I have an 8.9" Galaxy Tab which I love, but there are times when something a bit more netbooky would be welcome.

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
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  3. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    I just got one since my desktop died and I was left with dog slow laptop.
    Chromebooks are basically thin/web clients...very like tablet save no apps are locally installed they are browser plug ins.
    Still learning the in outs...
     
  4. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    I just can't stand low-res TN panels.
     
  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Chromebooks are fine as long as you know what you're getting. Essentially, the operating system is simply a web browser. The idea is, most of the programs you need will be in the web or cloud. They make a lot of sense if you need essentially the functionality of a tablet but prefer the form factor of a netbook. Some links here may help:

    Review: The Chromebook is a great second computer | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2019...-more-productive-alternative-to-a-tablet.html

    Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review - Watch CNET's Video & Read Our Review - page 2
     
  6. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

    758
    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    So, if you're in a spot where you have no Internet access, the Chromebook becomes a paperweight??
     
  7. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    No more than my Tab, I suspect. But it is not a full-featured Windoze or fruity machine so some compromises are to be expected. I'm curious to know, myself.

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
  8. hannahntilly

    hannahntilly SC Regular

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    Apr 13, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    Peter
    I'm using a Samsung Chromebook to write this. For the price, i'd rate it far higher than the netbooks we have. Indeed, it performs better than my Pentium dual-core desktop generally too.

    It's ideal for web-browsing and very responsive. I use many of the Google "cloud" services including Docs for my office apps, Play for my music, Google+/Picasaweb for images & video, and Calendar and they all work very well. I use Yahoo for e-mail. Without a wifi connection, I can still access my documents locally though some are then read-only (e.g. spreadsheets, calendar). It boots very quickly - I believe that 7 seconds has been mentioned, has a great keyboard, adequate screen and good battery life.

    What it doesn't do is my Lightroom/Photoshop work - mind you, the netbooks are practically unusable with those sort of applications too. Basically, if your requirements are met by a web browser and applications in the "cloud", then I'd heartily recommend it.
     
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  9. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    +1 to all the above
    since i carry a mifi everywhere it works well
     
  10. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

    758
    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    The ongoing cost of a MiFi is something I'd rather not face - especially as I'd need more than one.

    My particular need is for three portable computers to run software for my wife's business, which is conducted at locations that don't have Internet access. The software is proprietary and runs on a standalone basis, but the data can be transferred to the principal PC running at the house. Was liking the price of the Chromebook, but it appears not to be fit for this purpose. Will see if I can get the netbook to load and run this app.
     
  11. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I have multiple Mifis but only because I've been caught up in the hype since they first came out. I don't currently have an account which can use them but am on the brink of signing up with a company from which I can get 2GB/m for $10/m. Its not much, and its more money than I really want to pay, but its enough for my meagre needs *if* I happen to be out and about. I would use my iPhone as a hotspot if it didnt get too hot for my liking.

    IF I were to get a Chromebook, it would only be for non-critical stuff. Web, email, the odd browser game. and it would absolutely have to have net access so a mifi would be essential (doesnt Chromebook come with a 3G/4G slot??? If not, it should). However, I am an Apple girl for now, so for me, the mobile solution is



    with which I *can* use decent photo editing applications, and do nearly everything I currently do on my computer. Because its wifi only, I still need a mifi. But its far more flexible than a chromebook and with that little detachable keyboard is as portable as I need it to be. With the keyboard (a smart cover it is) closed up, it just looks like a neat little laptop. Here it is.

    The recent purchase of Adobe Photoshop Touch has helped, but I also have Photosmith which has a lightroom plugin and you can pretty much do all your bag and tag on the ipad with that, which will then sync to Lightroom on your computer complete with tags, ratings etc. Brilliant little bit of kit if you dont have it. Now, all I need to do is find the blasted camera connection kit which I have lost sometime in the last 12 months!!!

    I know... I rambled, went offtopic etc etc... I guess the answer is NO to a chromebook if you expect to be mobile and do anything useful. Also, I dont think I would ever want to be completely dependent on google/docs etc... that would be a mistake, IMO.
     
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  12. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Sue, I have 10.1 Samsung Galaxy Tab with photoshop and a keyboard case and 4G SIM card, my only issue with it is the lack of USB or Ethernet ports, hard to upload without them unless one uses bluetooth.
    Most of my usage is browsing, email and chat.
    Of necessity trying the "full mobile experience", relying less on post processing like i used to with my GRD first gen, using histogram to adjust exposure before hand. hence my use of my Nokia and GRD3
     
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  13. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Doesn't your TAB do wifi? I do everything via wifi on my iPad, even appstore stuff of late (and right now, as of 5 minutes ago, I have sold my macbook pro - I'm getting a Mini - I'm going to have to do without computer/itunes connection). I thought that the Tab did wifi and that you would be able to use it to access other things.

    I discovered a short time ago that I would be able to access my photographs on a drive attached to my wifi router (an AEBS) via an app on the ipad, and then do the processing in PT and bag and tag in photosmith, whilst waiting for my new computer. I know that Android has a bazillion file browsers, don't any of those access outside the OS on the device?

    [edit] OOhhhh we can doublethank!!
     
  14. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Lili, You can get usb - galaxy adaptors easily on Amazon for a couple of quid; card readers and video output cables too. I also make use of Dropbox and Google Drive across all my devices, one for work and the other for personal, to file share. Simples :D

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
  15. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    My tab does wifi and 4G
    it does not have a built-in USB port, one to get an adapter which cannot be used while docked
    Also there is the matter of 16gb storage on the tab versus 320gb on the chromebook... Will have to look into file-sharing apps, thanks Sue!
     
  16. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Thanks Bill, I do have a full set of those and use them. The do not work while docked however.
    Also, unless there is something I have not seen, all the keyboard cases are bluetooth with hideous battery life, at least for my Galaxy tab 10.1
    none are quite so elegant at that for the iPad...
     
  17. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I got a Chromebook for free and like it a lot. Highly recommended if you need an extra netbook around for web browsing and email and are already using Chrome, Gmail, Google Calendar, etc. If you don't already use the Google apps, I'd pass.
     
  18. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Drink the Google kool-aid and it'll be ok...
    ;)
     
  19. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    That makes sense.

    I went with a MacBook Air. I find it more versatile, and of course it can run Windows too if needed. I don't use any Google services.
     
  20. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I only use some google services, though I am considering making the jump to google for photo hosting instead of remaining with flickr when my Pro comes up for renewals. I use gmail and G+ (erratically, but the photography groups are getting better now) but not calendar or docs. I do use Chrome as well as Safari. I've dropped firefox entirely now, dont even have it on the computer anymore.