A couple of weeks ago, I got a very nice surprise in the mail: a CR-48 ChromeOS Notebook. I had signed up for the Pilot Program but I never thought in a million years that I would be chosen to receive one. So far, I really like it. Here’s my short review:
The ChromeOS is basically like having the Google Chrome browser running the entire computer, you even control settings through a browser window. Setting it up is so easy, you just sign in with your Google account and if you already use the Chrome browser on another machine, it automatically transfers over all your bookmarks, extensions and web apps. Contrary to many online reviews, I think the OS starts right up and runs pretty fast. What takes some getting used to is that you can’t install programs on it, everything you do is done through the browser. Any work you do needs to be saved in the Cloud, primarily by using the Chrome Web Apps. Which doesn’t bother me that much because I’ve been using Google Docs for a long time and I’m currently trying out a few online code editors so I can do some programming. As far as the hardware goes, I love the keyboard setup and the touchpad (which is a big deal for me because I typically hate touchpads). Here is a full list of features.
Now, I have found a few minor issues that bug me a little but I try to keep in mind it’s a beta machine and not a finished product, and I got it for free so I really can’t complain much. Because it’s unable to install Microsoft Siverlight, you can’t watch Netflix streaming videos on it (although Youtube and Hulu work because it does have Flash). Full screen video seems to have a little trouble as well: the screen flashes when you adjust the volume and sometimes you lose the video when you exit full screen mode and have to refresh the page. Also, I would really like to able to use Skype, but at this time there is no way to install it.
Overall, I really like using it, but not as my primary computer. Though it pretty much blows our Dell Netbook right out of the water.
The other toy I picked up recently is my 8GB 4th Generation iPod Touch. Now, I have to admit that I’m really not a Mac person, but I absolutely love this product and can barely put it down!
I have a little music on it, but I’ll be honest, I pretty much use it for the apps. I love being able to quickly browse and update my Facebook and Twitter accounts (can snap pictures and post those too), check my email, surf the web, watch some videos, read a book, and play lots of games. I can even remote into my desktop computer.
My favorite apps include:
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
My wife also really likes:
Words with Friends
There is so much that this little device can do!