Samsung Chromebook Hands-On!

Google is known for venturing into any and every tech related field they can, from the web to mobile to even food somehow. A couple of years back, they decided to one up they’re chrome browser and create Chrome OS, an operating system that was basically the browser. Fast forward some time, chrome os has become much more advanced than before all while sticking to it’s clear reasoning, to be a web based operating system, with everything moving to “the cloud,” why have a heavy, expensive Windows or Mac operating system acting as a middleman? Why not just have the browser be the OS? At it’s inception chrome wasn’t really much, it was missing quite a bit of it’s features and basically wasn’t that appealing. Now though, with the second generation of Chromebook laptops in our hands, there might just be a place in all our hearts for the Chrome OS.

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The first Samsung Chromebook that came out was more of a test, they wanted to see if there was a market for it and if they got any feedback. Sure enough, they got feedback. People spoke about how it was a good idea but it was too expensive for something that does so little, it was too clunky, battery life was poor, etc, So samsung took all those comments and made the Macbook Air  Samsung Chromebook 2.0. The new device featured a slim and trimmed down body, a much better display and keyboard, an ARM processor as opposed to an x86chip, which almost tripled the battery life, threw in 100GB of free Google Drive storage for a year and best of all? Priced it at $249. Ever since I heard that I’ve been dying to get my hands on the chromebook and finally, I did so here are my thoughts and opinions. This is not a full review as I did not spend enough time with it to review it in depth.

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As soon as I switched on the device I was impressed. I just had to sign into my google account and everything was there already, all my extensions and plugins and everything i needed. It was fast and smooth and had no issues opening up any webpages I threw at it, even the graphically intensive ones. I could even log into my plex web console and stream all my tv shows and movies from my PC, and that’s where the twist comes in.Although the chromebook is a great device. It’s most certainly not a desktop replacement. I could see myself giving up my tablet for this any day of the week. The addition of the keyboard plus the full interface desktop browser makes this device makes this more capable for productivity and other tasks as compared to a casual toy, which is how I look at tablets, well larger tablets. I have other opinions on tablets like the nexus 7 but I’ll save them for a later post.

So who do I think this is targeted at? The masses. Say you want to have a powerful desktop PC for all your gaming/editing needs but still need something to be able to take notes in class or in a meeting, that’s where the chromebook comes in. It is to the world what netbooks never where and in my opinion what the tablets tried to be, a robin to your batman. And with that I end this relatively short post, but feel free to bask in the beauty of the chromebook with the images below.

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Why living in different ecosystems suck.

Have you ever looked at someone who had a Mac, iPhone and iPad and just thought to yourself, damn that guys a fanboy. Well I used to think that way myself, but the truth is, it’s much easier when all your devices and services come from the same company. look at it this way, say I had an Android phone along an iPad and windows 8 laptop. I would have to buy an app on the windows 8 store and then pay again for that same application on the App Store and on Google Play. Where is if I was using a phone a tablet and a computer from the same company then I would only have to pay once to get the app on all my devices. In other disadvantages that some maps only work on iOS or some apps only work on Android which means if you had both then all your apps wouldn’t be able to work. Also if all your devices come from one company, then you get additional features that allows them to live in harmony such as apples iTunes and iCloud which allows you to back up and keep all devices, etc. In sync, same is the story with a Google account for android and a Microsoft account for windows. Let me give you a real world example, today I set up a Plex Media Server and wanted to download the Apps for my mobile devices. I had to pay $4.99 to get it on my phone, another $4.99 for my iPod and $2.99 to get it on the windows store for my laptop (the windows 8 metro app). Now if I had say a windows phone 8, a microsoft surface and my laptop, I would only have to pay once. That’s the drawback of living in separate ecosystems. Another problem I had is with App support, yes that counts. I recently started playing a game called letterpress, but it’s only on iOS. And I really like using this app called Younity, but it’s only available on iOS. This is why companies work hard to make sure all their products can live together in perfect unity by setting up an ecosystem, HP went on to call their ecosystem “Synergy”. Take Apple as an example, all their products from the iPod to the Mac even all the way to the Apple TV! They also make sure that if anyone has only one of their products, they’re gonna make sure you want all, by offering some features that can only be had if you own more than one of their products.

This is why you see people who own a lot of products from the same company, sometimes its brand loyalty and sometimes its just because it’s much easier and hassle free! Most companies have set up their Ecosystems very well, some of them choose to make hardware first and then tie it in with software such as Apple and RIM, and some companies started making software first then started producing hardware when they saw the scope such as Google, Amazon, etc. This is why many times you’ll see people saying they bought an iPad “because of the ecosystem”. Now of course ecosystems don’t only mean Hardware and Software, although that’s the majority of it. When used in a consumers point of view, the ecosystem also refers to how popular a product is and 3rd party reaction to it, for example iPhone’s and iPad’s have much more and much better cases than Android devices, strengthening their ecosystem. So all in all a strong Ecosystem is essential in making consumers feel more comfortable with their products and also have a heavy influence on consumer decisions.

Best Looking phones (end of 2011 issue)

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for buying phones that don’t have the right specs, but look freakin awesome! So heres my list of the top 8 best looking phones, in ascending order.

8. Blackberry Curve 9360

7. HTC Sensation XE

6. Apple iPhone 4/4S

5. LG Optimus 3D

4. Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus

3. Motorola Droid Razr

2.  Motorola Droid X2

1. Nokia Lumia 800 (The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition Especially)