tablets –> chromebook

I had two android tablets and traded them in for a used chromebook.   It’s worked out well.

I had been both interested in and skeptical of the chromebook concept. I like things that are simple, but I worried what would happen when offline.

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Turns out that even an older Chromebook like this one is pretty great.

  • Battery life is crazy good:  I charge it sometimes when I think about it.  :-)

  • Gmail works well offline

  • Runs android apps from Google Play natively.

  • Updates ChromeOS in a separate partition then boots into that half next time you restart it.

  • Has microsd slot!

  • best trackpad I’ve ever used

  • best wifi of any device I’ve ever used – not surprising since this thing is so dependant on the ‘net

  • the webcam is able to take images in challenging lighting.  I skype with my daughter and I’ll probably use this one from now on.


  • the update-the-unused-partition trick cuts into internal storage.  16GB chromey has ~9GB free.

  • The microsd is not well-integrated into the system.  Can’t save apps or app data to sd.  I’d like it to act like Android’s adopted storage.

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