Michael Carrano is a mobile software engineer in NYC.
Google CR-48 Notebook Review
Published by Michael Carrano on February 06, 2011
I just want to say thank you to Google for sending me a CR-48 chromebook!
I received it this past weekend and have been putting it to use. So far I have mainly been using it as a leisure computer where I would check my Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (Mostly via the Tweetdeck Chrome app).
I have to say, I am extremely impressed with the build quality of a free computer and how well ChromeOS performs. It took me all of 5 minutes to be up and running. It took that long because ChromeOS was downloading the latest updates.
I am trying really hard to find bugs and issues but I am not able to do so yet. My only complaint so far has to do with the network connection bars. I have only been able to get 3 out of the 4 bars while all my other wireless devices get the full amount of bars. In no way has this affected my internet performance but it would be nice to have a full 4 out of 4 bars.
I definitely feel there is room for both ChromOS and Android. I have a Droid Incredible which runs Android 2.3 and now I have the CR-48 chromebook which runs ChromeOS. I feel the vision for both products are similar in that Google wants to get you connected online but at the same time they are being developed for different form factors.