The Coming of Age of the Common Chromebook

Chromebooks have been around for awhile and we’ve used them, joked about them, and people have misrepresented what it is they do. A lof of misconceptions until I think Google decided to start putting Android apps on them. Suddenly these low cost devices had another thing. A thing called potential. Instead of a group of extensions and some apps suddenly they would be able to load millions of apps in the Google Play Store. If you are an android user, the world suddenly became better.

We’ve seen a number of the devices so far which have had the Play Store on the stable channel. I first saw them on the Asus R11. That’s a nice device but I did not really care for the fit and finish. Next I got the Asus C302. Now that’s a nice device but it takes the beta channel. Finally, I received today the Samsung Chromebook Plus.Chromebook-Plus-4-New

What this device does is extend the play store to more stable channel devices but it does more than just that. Its a device with a 3:2 aspect ratio so android apps appear to be more scalable and exact.

Its smaller so it bears a resemblance to a tablet but there’s the keyboard and trackpad as well.

Perhaps the greatest thing though that I thought I would not use is the stylus. In tablet form factor, what a great tool to do things like manipulate open windows. I could see hefting this thing across the world in a small carry on. Its that good.

Soon though we will have the Samsung Chromebook Pro. My guess is it will extend things even further and we will all enjoy even more potential.

The android apps have a way to go and the devices have to get more shaped and structured to maximize the use of the applications. Resizable windows, better keyboard support, more integration with the host OS. All of this increases the potential.

But wait a minute there. These things are fun now! And you can be productive with a full web browser and the apps. I almost considered getting another Surface Pro device but these truly take their place and if you are Google guy, these turn out almost perfect. Notice I said almost.

The thing with potential is that there is some striving and learning and time needed to maximize the potential. But the Samsung Chromebook Plus is a fun thing and I only use Chromebooks at home now. My work laptop stays safely packed away on the weekends. Windows 10 be gone!

All that I need to do I can do with these things. So for me it crosses over potential value into real time use cases. The common little chromebook has come a long way!

Look for it to take the place of more Apple gear in schools and other settings. I think soon businesses will decide to get smarter with what they give employees. Give them a thin client and let them RDP or SSH to virtual machine once in the office. Security issues go way down. Productivity goes way up.

That’s how you drive value and potential. Make it worthwhile in more and more corporate, educational, and technology climates.