What drew me to getting a chromebook was it’s simple design, which led to ease of use. A Chromebook is definitely a niche product. You have to do your research before you buy one, but this is true of any tech purchase these days. Analyze how you use your current device.
I got an iPad 2 to replace my netbook because the netbook was so slow starting up and launching software. If I needed to check the weather or shoot out a quick email before school, I wouldn’t have time because it took so long to fire up the old netbook. After using the iPad 2 for a couple of months, I noticed that I used it for:
1) School-word processing, spreadsheets, email, and online research
2) Blogging & YouTubeing
3) Entertainment-Netflix and surfing the web
The iPad 2 was perfect in every area except it wasn’t practical to type a math assignment in Apple’s word processor-Pages. Again, I like things simple, and Pages is a simple, yet powerful word processor, but it lacks an equation editor for typing math problems. Before purchasing the iPad 2, I did my research and found a way to work around the lack of an equation editor, but when I put it into practice, my workaround just wasn’t practical.
I had looked at Chromebooks briefly before I got the iPad, but chose the iPad because it was more portable. Samsung’s Chromebook is instant on, has a great battery life (8.5 hrs), I can type math tests in Google Docs, and while I’m at it, I can update my calendar, and consult my lesson plans that I keep in a Google spreadsheet. I can email my lesson plans to my principal directly from the spreadsheet, and I don’t have to worry about keeping my school computer synced with my home computer. Everything is on Google Docs-I can access it anywhere.