Mobility Digest Review: Cr-48 Chrome Notebook
So Google is currently testing this new OS called Chromium, and they decided to hand out a few free laptops to some lucky applicants to get feedback. I was very surprised to find one sitting on my doorstep yesterday. I’m not gonna lie – I was giggling like a school girl. Here is my early review of the CR-48
The hardware itself is no-frills, but that’s to be expected since the whole idea is to test the OS. I kinda like it though – there are no markings of any kind; it’s black front and back, inside and out. There’s a single USB port, headphone jack, SD card slot and a webcam. The keyboard is pretty standard except for a search button where CAPS LOCK usually is. BUT THAT”S ALRIGHT BECAUSE I USUALLY WRITE IN ALL LOWERCASE ANYWAYS. The screen resolution is standard. Besides that it’s a pretty standard 12” notebook.
Now for the OS – first off: if you don’t have an internet connection, this computer might as well be a snow blower in Mexico – it’s totally useless. I’m talking you can’t even play a game of minesweeper on the can. Fortunately we live in a world where WiFi is available just about everywhere, and if you can’t find a hotspot they throw in 100MB of free Verizon wireless 3G usage each month. Or for us nerdy nerds there is always the cell phone tethering option :-B
So once you are connected and you turn it on, the OS fires up in 2 seconds from standby, and about 10 seconds from full shutdown. Sweet. The OS itself is basically a browser. It’s fairly smooth for a beta. There is a web store where you can get different apps, extensions and themes. I naturally chose an android theme. I’ve only had about 2 to 3 hours to mess around with it, but I definitely like it for what it is: a pure internet machine. The best part of using Chromium is that everything you do goes right to the cloud – all my bookmarks are stored in Google Docs so if I am using a different computer I still have access to everything. Oh, and of course there is Chrome to Phone for when you want to go truly mobile with your Android device.
“But what if I want to….”
Store and edit pics? Picasa, Facebook, etc.
Listen to music? Grooveshark, Pandora, etc.
Write a semi-blogish review to post on Mobility Digest? Google Docs.
Watch porn? Log in as a guest.
So that’s all I’ve really had a chance to do with it so far (kidding about the porn, but I’m sure that will come in good time; that’s what she said) but I plan to use the hell out of this thing. Hopefully provide some good feedback to Google and help them release $200 web based lappers for all to use.
……..and in doing so take over the WORLD MUHAHAHAHAHA!
Thanks for submitting this Stefan! Feel free to send us more!
Nice review, friend. What a lucky little duck you are to snag one of those already. Let us know how it goes once you’ve had some more time on it (especially the logging in as guest part).
The question/issue that I still have is why, if there are two free OSes would you pick Chromium over Android? I mean, Android is more powerful, already has an ecosystem, has local memory…i think this is a distraction for them.