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.
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.