Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
What did I just buy?
Let's get the formalities out of the way shall we? I'm Frank, and I hail from Lehigh Valley Pa. Well, now that that is done, what did I just buy? I was shopping for an inexpensive laptop, something I could use to surf the web and connect to my tv's HDMI to play family movies, when I came across this 200$ Chromebook. I've never herd of the Chromebook before, and I'm usually not impulsive, but I'm a huge fan of Android and Google. Couple that with it's price tag and the fact Best Buy will let me return it as late as January 24th, I figured what the heck. I've been using my Acer for a little over a week now and I can't tell if I love or hate this thing. For starters, it's dirt cheap and super fast, but I'm sure use know that already so lets get to the down sides, and subsequently the reason for my post. I feel lost, I just can't come to grips with the idea of everything requiring an internet connection. It's really not a problem, my phone is a 4g wifi hotspot and my primary use for it is at home. But why can't I find any real apps. Why am I adding an app when all I'm really doing is creating a bookmark? It would be awesome to actually download an app for a cool looking golf game and not be drug to some spammy website. To me that feels cheesy like it's just an ad banner in disguise, adding apps seems pointless. It also bothers me that nothing beyond a few kb of documents and photos are saved to the HDD. So whats the need for such a sizable hard drive, not that having one is a bad thing, but why? I'm also not huge fan of it's ease of use. Admittedly I have been spoiled by Android. For example, I want my phone to control my computer, or stream media, or act as a flash light, all I have to do is install an app and my dreams have come to fruition. I was expecting the same from Chrome to an extent, while I understand this doesn't have all the hardware (gps, shock sensor, radio, etc) or price tag of an Android, I was expecting it to be easier to use. A simple task like streaming media from my PC to my CB doesn't seem even possible at this point. I guess what I'm getting at is, do I even want this bad boy. The good's versus the bads are almost perfectly weighted, I guess I'm just hoping maybe use can help me find the solutions and instill upon me knowledge and desire to keep my Acer.
Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read my rant and for any future questions you may be answering for me. I'm looking forward to the future of Google chrome.