samsung chromebook plus--ask me questions

davidb423

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Imagine my surprise yesterday when I got an amazon alert on my phone--that my new samsung chromebook plus aka Google Kevin--was delivered! I didn't even get a notice it had shipped--it was suppose to ship feb 12...

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1) Build quality is good
2) screen is really good, but it scales to a super sharp 1200x800 instead of the native 2400x1600. You can switch it to native resolution and everything is super tiny. I imagine I can find a hidpi setting for font scaling but haven't looked yet
3) speakers ok but not great, easily blocked
4) You can fold device into a tablet mode--its still heavy for a tablet but better than I expected--the 3:2 ratio really helps a ton here.
5) Android apps. Sigh. Do not get your hopes up or make that the key reason to buy this thing. The implementation is still kind of buggy and there is something MASSIVE missing--right now android apps can't directly access the micro-sd card storage.

You can access files (media, pdf, jpg, movies) via the files app and have an android app OPEN the file, but it will have to copy it to the main storage location before it comes up.

As there is only 32 gig of main storage, this means there will be limitations. I did not realize this was an issue on chromebooks running android apps. They are going to fix this but no eta yet. So if there is an android app you MUST use...you may have to check or wait

Switching between landscape and potrait confuses the open android app and it takes some tweaking to get the app to take up the full window. It can be done but its not a seemless experience.

6) The S-pen. It sure seems like some kind of active stylus. My old wacom pens from my galaxy note 10.1 2014 tablet works. Not seeing pressure sensitivity though. Input lag is minimal. Might not be a lot of chrome apps to take advantage yet. Not sure if the lack of pressure is due to hardware missing support or just lack of software support.

7) I will test the usb c ports more when I get home--I have an older usb 3 port expander with hdmi, usb 3, usb c pass through charging and see if any work.

8) too early to see if battery life is as advertised

Final thoughts
I can't really make a full determination yet on this device. I have used chromebooks before but I really feel like the android vs chrome battle on this device feels like unfinished software--and it is since its all beta. But its rougher than I would have expected.
The lack of info on the pen is also kind of annoying-given this is what makes it unique from its new asus 302 competitor computer. And has tons of potential for students/notetaking, etc.

This is the ARM processor version. The m3 version is still pending. This has felt quite fast. I have not opened 20 tabs at once to test the speed. I am not sure what the extra m3 would do--as there are limitations more with the OS than processing power--unless you want to have 40 tabs open.
 

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The trackpad seems very good to me so far. So I think there is a huge issue of personal preference. It is accurate and clicky enough. Its not a macbook pro touchpad but it is fine. I have not had an urge to run and grab a mouse to use it, which is a good sign it works well.

Keyboard is a tiny bit cramped--some of the keys are smaller than expected, but nothing that has been a dealbreaker for me.
Some people really are mad over the lack of backlighting. None here obviously.


I also have an asus tranformer tablet mini and I really wish it was 12.3 inches like this chromebook.
 

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I have only had it for a day so far, but I would not think it will replace a tablet. There are still a bunch of android app issues to work out, the least of which is the lack of android app access to the Micro-sd card.. I certainly would not buy it as a tablet replacement just yet.
 

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As far a traditional laptop replacement, I think it has the usual chromebook issues. Depends on the needs, but for web surfing, word processing/social medial I would think yes. The advantage is the high quality screen, good battery life and simplicity of chrome for upgrades/updates. I would also say...as windows based laptops come down in price...it makes the chromebook vs windows laptop (full laptop os) a bit more complicated.
This is $449, the pro model will be probably $549 and at $549 I think its a much tougher call (so many other options)

Will this thing ever see the andromeda operating system? will anyone? who knows.
 

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Wait...wait...wait...so I dl a ton of comics are you telling me I can't save them to my SD card and read them via the android app with out moving them to my local storage?
I need to see if I can cancel my order ASAP and keep using my Note Pro 12.2
 

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Yeah it's not an Android tablet, it's a Chromebook that can process Android apps in a way that IMO is pretty hacked together.
 

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So I have some larger samsung note 10.1 stylus that I had bought a while ago. These have an eraser at the top and are larger-more like a small pen than the traditional stylus from a note tablet or note 5 /note 7 phone. I just tried it on my chromebook plus...using google keep--and it worked! It wrote with the tip, and it did erase my strokes with the eraser at the top--with no changes to the settings.
It has to be some kind of wacom digitizer...but not seeing the lines change shape with more pressure. I think the software is not yet fully up to snuff. But at least I have a use for some left over styluses!
 

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Operating system did get an update today. Noticed a few changes and additions to the play store - probably more will be coming long. All in all, very pleased with the operation of Android apps and happy with the Samsung unit. Although the numbers on the ASUS are better (storage, processor, etc.), I returned it since I just feel more comfortable with the Samsung.
 

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Thanks for the update. Looks like I'll be getting mine this week. Best buy has this deal going on, "Trade in any working laptop at a participating Best Buy store, and you'll receive a $50 coupon for the Samsung Chromebook Plus and a $50 Best Buy gift card. Plus $20 in Google Play credit."
I have old laptops laying around that still work, there just old and slow!
 

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I picked up a Plus on Wednesday from Best Buy. Somewhat of a steep learning curve for a first time Chrome OS user, but so far so good.

I've found a couple of apps that I only occasionally use that showed up as "not supported" in the Play Store. The other apps that I use often on a tablet and/or phone (Sling Player, Talon, Nest, Dropbox) all work great on this device.
 

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Thanks for the update. Looks like I'll be getting mine this week. Best buy has this deal going on, "Trade in any working laptop at a participating Best Buy store, and you'll receive a $50 coupon for the Samsung Chromebook Plus and a $50 Best Buy gift card. Plus $20 in Google Play credit."
I have old laptops laying around that still work, there just old and slow!
Update: Traded in an old IBM ThinkPad from the late 90's that I had in the basement. It got me a $100 off the Plus at Best buy. Now I have the week off to play with Chrome OS.
 

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Hmm, just flipped it over again and now the keyboard appeared (and really sucks to type with, BTW.) Are there other options out there or will any third party keyboard work?
 

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