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5.0 out of 5 stars As easy as..., 6 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01UK 11.6-inch Laptop (2GB RAM, 16GB HDD) (Personal Computers)
Chrome OS is really like riding a bicycle. Its easier than you think to learn, the limitations are easy to understand but it'll still suit most people's needs 9 times out of 10. Unlike a bike however, the training wheels for Chrome OS are free, so there's nothing stopping you starting your practice run now and seeing how you like it. All you need is to download the Chrome browser, sign into it with your Google account so that everything is synced wherever you login, download the extensions/apps you need (I recommend Check Plus For Email, Google Calendar Checker extensions which allow you to view pop-ups of both from your browser, a password manager if you don't already use Google for password storage, grab yourself a nice theme such as "Blue Space Sunset", Tweetdeck for twitter and Facebook, offline Gmail and Evernote for notes), then try to use nothing else for a week and see what limitations you have. For me its just image editing but I'd want to do that on a big screen anyway, no access to videos on my home network (although you can play files directly on the chromebook from a memory card or if stored internally) and some reduced streaming options.

For some people these limitations will be a deal-breaker and if so fair enough, Chrome OS probably isn't for you. For me though its perfect. I wanted to stop limiting myself, locking information to specific devices or echo-systems for no apparent reason. In general I was doing a good job but Chrome OS pushes you on so much more, as it encourages you to think differently. You have options like Spotify on the web or Google Music for audio, Google Movies, Youtube, BBC iPlayer etc for film and tv needs, apps like Kindle for books and magazines or Comixology for comics, google talk for voice calls (only 9p per minute to call mobiles!), google calendar, various task tools that can sync with google tasks such as Any.do, obviously the google bookmarks syncing and numerous other options I haven't mentioned. But most importantly, you can replicate your experience anywhere, as long as you have the Chrome browser.

The device itself is brilliant as its lightweight, has great battery life, very good keyboard, is highly portable and at great price. I think the best thing about Chrome OS is that it reminds you that ultimately laptops, pcs and even the internet itself are nothing more than utilities for the majority, and its up to you to make the most of them. Instead of spending over a grand on an Apple something or some incredibly superpowered laptop or pc you'll use 95% of the time for browsing only, you can get a Chromebook and a reasonably powered tower intel i5 pc a midrange i3 or i5 laptop combined for half the price, and still have enough left over for a couple of years worth of Spotify premium usage, premium Evernote membership, Lovefilm membership, Amazon prime... :)
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