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    Default Nexus 10 or Chromebook?

    I know very little about Chromebooks so have some basic questions.

    Is a Chromebook a suitable substitute for a notebook for a young student (4th grade)? I understand they have a hard drive but I'm wondering about applications for word processing and very basic photo editing.

    I have a Nexus 7 but, for a child, I think the set up is elusive, such as where files are saved. For example, you often need a file manager app to locate files.

    Does the Chromebook have a desktop like standard computers where files can be transferred and saved? Are applications available for it (such as Word or Office), or do you use apps like on a tablet?

    Can you word process and use similar programs when you don't have a wifi connection?

    We'd like to put off buying a new laptop for now, and the prices of Chromebooks are very attractive. It will be used at home, not brought back and forth to school.

    Thank you.
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    Chromebook is crome on your laptop. with some desktop like abilities.
    Everything is web apps and it cannot(some apps are desktop like apps) run traditional desktop apps like in windows and mac.
    There are apps you can download for word processing etc and there is also offline mode

    with the latest chromebook update i think you have the ability to save and transfer files from chromebook.
    have a look at this. you will understand better

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    What kind of photo editing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    What kind of photo editing?
    Something very basic. My daughter uses iPhoto (I think that's what it's called). A program such as Picasa should more than satisfy their needs.

    I just want to make sure my grandson can do a little word processing. I see that you can get Open Office at the Chrome Webstore (which I use on my notebook) and will check with the school if that's suitable. I know that he really doesn't word process for school at this time. By the time he's required to do so, we can get a notebook on sale.
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    Default Re: Nexus 10 or Chromebook?

    I've pretty much decided that it will be a chromebook. Now to decide to get the Samsung model ($249) or the $199 Ace. The Acer's 320 GB hard drive should be more than sufficient, and that is has only about a 3 hour battery life should be fine since it will be used mostly at home. I also believe it has an Intel CPU and I've always used the Intel brand which has proven very reliable.

    I don't know if there are any other major differences but I'll check out the specs.

    I like the look of the Samsung better (color) but have read good things about the Acer. Any thoughts about either?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletnovice View Post
    I like the look of the Samsung better (color) but have read good things about the Acer. Any thoughts about either?
    Anyone have any thoughts about which is better, the Samsung or Acer Chromebook? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletnovice View Post
    Anyone have any thoughts about which is better, the Samsung or Acer Chromebook? Thanks!
    samsung if you going with chromebook. the 50 extra is well worth the money. its light,better process
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    its light,better process
    I know nothing about the Samsung processor. Are they any good? I've always bought notebooks, computers with Intel processors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletnovice View Post
    I know nothing about the Samsung processor. Are they any good? I've always bought notebooks, computers with Intel processors.
    its an ARM processor. Exynos 5 , the same one used in Nexus 10. its a powerful and energy efficient processor.
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    The chrome book does not run android, so in that sense it's not a valid comparison. It most certainly is not an Android device with a keyboard instead of a touch screen.
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    I think a lot of people who buy Chromebooks are going to be very disappointed, as many will (in spite of all of Google's efforts) be expecting a traditional laptop. You're trading a lot of function for portability and low price. For some people that tradeoff may make sense. For most people, I can't see it being a good fit. Much like a tablet isn't a good fit as a primary computer for most people. It takes some considering what you can & can't do, and how it will meet your needs.
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    In case it wasn't clear from my post, which I dashed off, the Chromebook cannot run any of the Android apps on the Google Play store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YAYTech View Post
    For most people, I can't see it being a good fit. Much like a tablet isn't a good fit as a primary computer for most people. It takes some considering what you can & can't do, and how it will meet your needs.
    This makes a lot of sense. I was hoping the chromebook would put off the need to buy a notebook. So we'll save our $100-250 and wait until some decent notebooks go on sale. I'm not sure it's the time to buy right now with the new Windows 8 OS, until some of the dust settles down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletnovice View Post
    I've pretty much decided that it will be a chromebook. Now to decide to get the Samsung model ($249) or the $199 Ace. The Acer's 320 GB hard drive should be more than sufficient, and that is has only about a 3 hour battery life should be fine since it will be used mostly at home. I also believe it has an Intel CPU and I've always used the Intel brand which has proven very reliable.
    Battery life is now rated 4 hours, C7 will get an update when you first power it up and improved battery life is one of the benefits from the update. Overall pleased with my C7.
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    I heard there is going to be a Google branded Chromebook in the near future.

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    4th grade and she 'needs' a laptop?

    My kids have used the family computer to do their homework until they were in high school then we bought them a laptop for Christmas. Daughter's is 2 years old Toshiba AMD. Upgraded the memory this year from 3 to 8Gig and it is still very responsive. Does all she needs and will for a few years now. I paid $350 for it.

    Son is getting a Samsung AMD laptop this Christmas. I expect it to last him through HS and some college also.. $360 for his.

    Both are Windows 7 machines. They can do all that the Chromebook can and a whole lot more (like itunes).

    My opinion - get her something else and save the laptop for a few years as long as she has a PC available at home to use.
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    To me it seems like all you need is the Acer since it is almost the same but $50 less. Of course this is going with the thought that you are probably going to buy another laptop like a windows 8 touchscreen later in the year. Chromebooks are nice if you are mainly on the internet and like using Google drive. I am looking to buy one around June/July to mainly hook up to my TV and watch Hulu, Netflix, CBS and other streaming television using the HDMI output. But please let us know your thoughts after you buy it of whether you think it was the right purchase.
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    I have a CR48 and a chromebox (like a mac mini) to complement my big W7 Desktop. I have a lower end latop ($500 acer) that I use for non chromebook stuff. I really prefer the portability and battery of the chromebook to the acer.


    I have a xoom (10.1) N7 and a smartphone.

    I would definitely buy one of the newer chromebooks (prob go with samsung) over a nexus 10.

    Picassa web suite is more than capable of photo needs and other web editors will be able to do anything a 4th grader needs.


    (I love my 10.1 tablet, but would still advise a new chromebook)
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    Just wanted to say I've had my Chromebook a couple weeks now, and I love it. Even putting it through the paces, I managed 7 hours on battery. It is perfect for meetings, out for when I want to kick back at home and use a second (OK, fourth) screen. The best $500 I've spent this year have been my N7 and Chromebook.
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    After using the Chromebook at the store both our teenage daughter and son decided that is what they wanted instead of a laptop. So we bought 2 of the Samsung Chromebooks about 4 weeks ago. They have been extremely happy with them. They can do all of the work they need to do for school with the web apps that are available. The vast majority of everything that they do is web based anyway. We have a desktop if they absolutely have to use something on it. But neither of them have used anything but their Chromebooks since they got them.

    Picasa works great as a photo editor. They can also do just about anything offline as long as the file was saved on the hard drive. They regularly get 8 hours of battery life with moderate usage. For $249 you really can't go wrong. I would suggest you try one out at Bestbuy before you purchase if you are on the fence. I prefer the fanless design of the Samsung, but the Acers Intel based design is better for tinkering with the OS as noted in a few reviews. I did not want my kids to have that option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilnut View Post
    They can do all of the work they need to do for school with the web apps that are available.
    The documents they create with web apps are acceptable at school. For example, do they use Google Apps? I'm assuming they take documents to school on a usb flash drive?

    What about a DVD drive do they miss it? Are there any drawbacks for them as students compared to having a laptop?
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    I got the ACER Chromebook for my 12 year old daughter because it runs Netflix right out of the box, unlike the new Samsung Chromebook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabletnovice View Post
    The documents they create with web apps are acceptable at school. For example, do they use Google Apps? I'm assuming they take documents to school on a usb flash drive?

    What about a DVD drive do they miss it? Are there any drawbacks for them as students compared to having a laptop?

    They use Google Docs. Their school has a web site they save things to & then they access them from the classroom that way. No thumb drive needed. Their school encourages the use of Google Docs since it is free. So no issues there. I have been using Google Docs for 2 years now for all my non work related needs. It was a bit rough at first, but is getting better all the time. On Android, I use QuickOfficePro.

    We have a USB DVD drive that I use with my Netbook, it works great for the Chromebooks too. Burns/plays DVD's/CD's perfect.
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    The Chromebook is a completely useless piece of equipment. Any smartphone or tablet can do everything a Chromebook does and much more. It might just be the most perplexingly useless thing Google has ever done.

    That said, if you live in Google Docs and Gmail all day and everything else you need is on the internet and you have a connection 24/7 I guess it would be adequate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socialcarpet View Post
    The Chromebook is a completely useless piece of equipment. Any smartphone or tablet can do everything a Chromebook does and much more. It might just be the most perplexingly useless thing Google has ever done.

    That said, if you live in Google Docs and Gmail all day and everything else you need is on the internet and you have a connection 24/7 I guess it would be adequate.
    I disagree with you. I prefer my Chromebook to my phone or tablet. And it cost less than any tablet. I actually don't see a use for tablet vs Chromebook.

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