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Old 12-04-2012, 03:52 PM   #31
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Not being sarcastic, but why not just get a keyboard for the Xoom?
The Chromebooks seem a lot less capable than tablets.

I have a tablet and a Chromebook. Tablets have their uses, but I find the Chromebook is much more practical for the web than a tablet is. A keyboard on a tablet seems rather Rube Goldberg to me. The Chromebook also has a larger screen than a comparably priced tablet.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:52 PM   #32
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:40 PM   #33
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Only the cloud reader is available for Kindle? So you have to have internet access to read? Ugh.
I don't know about Chromebooks.
But on "normal" systems, cloud reader can save some books for offline use?!
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:42 PM   #34
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Can't you use "Nook for Web"?
Similar to the Kindle cloud reader?
http://paidcontent.org/2012/07/17/ba...-nook-for-web/
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:03 PM   #35
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I keep hearing this.

Really? There are cities and towns where you step outside and there is free WIFI?
Re read my post, I never said there were cities where free wifi was universally available. I said there are cities where you are never very far from wifi, some of which is free. McDonald's, Panera, most hotels, and a host of other businesses all offer free or a modest cost.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:50 PM   #36
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Re read my post, I never said there were cities where free wifi was universally available. I said there are cities where you are never very far from wifi, some of which is free. McDonald's, Panera, most hotels, and a host of other businesses all offer free or a modest cost.
Ok, thanks for the added info.

It seems then 3/4G is still necessary for even casual usage. I wouldn't drive 2.8 miles to a McDonalds to access the internet.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:51 PM   #37
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Not listed, but I'd assume one can use Nook for the Web to read B&N stuff.
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Can't you use "Nook for Web"?
Similar to the Kindle cloud reader?
http://paidcontent.org/2012/07/17/ba...-nook-for-web/
You can. I was listing apps that were available at the Chrome Web Store.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #38
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I saw a Samsung one at BestBuy and was wondering how I can justify the purchase. I want it because it's pretty and it feels so well built, but, it does seem to do much less than my iPad. Too bad.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:56 PM   #39
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I now produce on my Acer Ultrabook, and consume on my SGT. If I could connect to work through chrome, I would be sitting pretty. But it takes a windows based computer (or Mac running windows). If I can't do that, it is pretty worthless to me. I wouldnt even need a computer to have full Microsoft Office, cause I have that at work, and when we remote in, we have control of our work computers, and what is available there.

I thought the Microsoft Surface might be for me. And then, I looked at where I used my laptop. Laying down on the couch, with the keyboard against my legs. Sitting up, with my feet on the coffee table (it is made for that) and the keyboard against my legs. Nope, I really need a hard keyboard, and I need the screen right there.

I am positively drooling over the Acer S7, but don't have that kind of $$ to spend on a computer.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:55 AM   #40
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On second thought, low-priced Google laptop is a great idea

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In June 2011, I trashed Samsung Corp.’s Chromebook, an early effort to build a machine running Google Inc.’s Chrome operating system. For $429, you got an attractive, well-built machine, but one that could not run programs written for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software and that only worked when it was connected to the Internet.

The costly gadget was often little more than an illuminated placemat.

But a lot has changed over 18 months. The newest Chromebook is more attractive than its ancestor, but also a lot more useful, with features that keep working even when it is *offline. After several days of testing, the latest Chromebook became my go-to device for Internet surfing, e-mailing, and banging out documents on the fly. And while I’m impressed by the performance, I’m awed by its $249 price.
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Others will resist the idea of a laptop that can’t run Windows software. But thanks to smartphones and tablets, millions of people have learned to shrug off this trivial concern. Google’s software tools are more than adequate for basic productivity tasks. These tools work even when you’re not connected to the cloud. And you can access them through a stylish, well-built device that sells for half the price of a basic Windows laptop.

The Chromebook isn’t for everybody.

But for those who’ve learned to love cloud computing, it’s one of the best bargains in the digital world.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:33 AM   #41
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Review: Acer's C7 Chromebook is $199 and feelin' fine (relatively)

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Compared to the ARM Chromebook, Samsung's offering is slightly thinner, lighter, and more attractive, though the screen quality is about the same as the C7. It's also fanless, which is preferable to the C7's single, sometimes whiny system fan. However, the C7 has the better selection of ports, and as we'll see, it actually outperforms its more expensive cousin in most meaningful metrics.
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Chrome OS is still a bit of a tough sell, but the C7 and the ARM Chromebook are both cheap enough to finally make it palatable. Neither is an especially high-quality laptop, but at these price points they're a significant step up from the tiny, cheap netbooks that have been sold by these same manufacturers at these same price points. If you're on board with the operating system's limitations and the corners that were cut to slash the prices, the biggest question is which one to buy.

The Samsung Chromebook is slightly more expensive but overall it's the better-made of the two computers. Its fanless design, lighter weight, and better battery life are all worthwhile extra features. The C7 shines in other areas: it's got a better port selection, better performance, and its Intel-based roots and easy-to-upgrade internals make it an excellent target for tinkerers looking for a cheap computer to hack around with.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:56 AM   #42
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Ok, thanks for the added info.

It seems then 3/4G is still necessary for even casual usage. I wouldn't drive 2.8 miles to a McDonalds to access the internet.
that's where those wifi usb thingies come into great use

with the cost of 3g over there in the "first world", i guess i'll stick to my "third world" tendencies then (sorry, still take grave offense to that term )
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:05 AM   #43
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Chicago is actually working on free wi-fi. I suppose someone will offer something for some kind of exclusive.
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I keep being tempted by the chromebooks -- particularly the $200 Asus one.
of course the Samsung one looks great for a bit more money.

Anyone here use a chromebook regularly? What are your impressions?
Any ebook applications?
I have one and am thoroughly impressed. i am in the process of purchasing 60 more for our elementary school. the Samung model is the better of the choices as there is no hard drive in them - solid state - stays cooler and less battery drag. i use mine all of the time.

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