June 27, 2011

Chromebook First Use Impressions

Randall doesn't-use-his-last-name:
"Today at work, I was excited to see that my Chromebook (Samsung Series 5) arrived a day early. So of course the first thing I did when I got home was tear it open. What were my first impressions?"
(Via farp.blog.) A brief rundown of a first-time Chromebook user's impressions. His verdict: it holds promise, but the hardware has a long way to go before it replaces his MacBook Pro. The Chromebook, a Google product built and sold by Acer and Samsung, is something new in personal computing: a laptop computer with no operating system, and no storage. Instead, it connects to Google's services with its built-in Chrome web browser, letting the user access his or her email, Google Docs productivity suite and file storage, and anything else that's web accessible via WiFi and 3G networks. It represents Google's idea of "cloud computing." It's an interesting idea, having no "stuff" to manage and back up. Just a laptop, devoid of content. In a way it's a lot like Apple's iPad, which doesn't give users access to local file storage, either. Apple's version of cloud file storage is the forthcoming iCloud service.