I didn’t get one yet, so, I invite others like me, to join a trip around the websphere to find out what the world think of this new way of thinking.
What People Love
It boots up as soon as you open the lid for the first time. That surprised many. Here is a computer which is responding to you for the first time, as if it knows what you are up to. Okay, scratch that, its no artificialÂ intelligence, but it was smart enough to add that option. Agree ? You are opening the Chromebook to use it, so you need it on !
It Looks Good !
Seems like most of them liked how the Chromebook looks like. Its thin, nice build and good polish. You get a good feel of it when you understand how little the world talks about Acer Chromebooks. It sits there in the corner ( have they started shipping them yet ? ) like a small high school kid being bullied by the whole class.
The trackpad and the keyboard has good appreciation so far. Some compare it to the macbook. Good job there by Samsung and Google, responding to the very bad feedback they got from CR48 Chromebook users during the pilot program. Things are more accurate and responsive now, both software and the hardware.
The processor is better than the CR48, so is RAM. This promises betterÂ performance, especially while streaming video in high quality.
Boots Up in Less Than 10 Seconds – +1 There !
The Chromebook boots up in around 8 seconds as promised, Â in almost all cases. We should see this getting better with regular updates.
For many, being able to reach their browser and the web in less than 10 seconds was a new experience, and was one of the main reasons they opted for Chrome OS. This stands good and Chrome has made a nice first impression. +1 there Google !!
Box To The Web in One Minute – Magic !
A new Chromebook takes around a minute or so to get you set up completely, syncing all your data from your Chrome browser. Â The set up procedure was simple.
- Open the Chromebook, and it powers on.
- Boots up in less than 10 seconds.
- Select a wifi network
- Enter your Google ID and password
- Agree to terms and conditions
- Select a profile picture or click one with webcam
- Download the latest software update automatically
- You are ready !
It’s simple and worked without any issues/errors. Well, if you want to set up a new Google Account from Chromebook, that’s possible to, and may take couple of minutes more.
Nothing But The Web
“Born for the web” was one of the keywords written on the manual in there. Yes, this is a new thought as Google mentioned during the IO 2011 keynote, and its just’ the web. People who bought the Chromebook seems to know this, so no one is crying yet asking for MS Office and Outlook. So, we are good here.
Automatically Updated OS
New Chromebooks received a OS update on the very first boot. Google will be pushing Chrome OS software updates to all Chromebooks and it will happen without userÂ intervention. Nobody will worry about keeping their operating system up to date. Like it !
What People Hate
There are many who are comparing Chromebooks to normal computers and making statements about how this thing is going to fail. I am not listening to them. What I am interested in is, genuine comments from Chromebooks users.
It’s Chrome, I Already Know How To Use It !
Yes, Chrome OS is just the Chrome browser Â and a few dashes operating system here and there. So you know how to use it already, if you are using Chrome as your browser on your PC or Mac. What a good way to start using a new computer with a new way of doing things, all of it look familiar !
Zip and Â Unzip
Couple of them had issues getting zip files loaded. Compressed files are still unknown file type for Chrome OS. There should be a native way of extracting the content fro a zipped file or there should be a web based and easy to useÂ alternative. For now, you need upload the file to one of the online services, extract it there and download again.
I am still digging for more complaints and hate speech 😀 Drop me a comment if you see one !!
Will You Buy A Generation 1 Chromebook or Wait More ?
Do you think you are ready to buy a Chromebook now ? If not, what makes you think its not ready ? Is it the hardware or the Chrome OS itself ? Well if you are waiting to find out how Chrome OS is like before buying Chromebook, read our complete review of Chrome OS here.
Let me know your thoughts !