|Da Box, and my Cr-48. I named him 'Crate'.|
First off let's talk about The Box. I didn't get stickers. Pretty sure I wouldn't have decorated Crate (my book) even if I did as the matte black rubberized finish is very nice. Didn't even get the leaflet about the pilot program (though it is included in virt form in the 'getting started' app.)
Unpacking went well in spite of this. Once I managed to get a bailing wire and duct tape solution to get Cricket 3g piped through the home desktop through a router I had so it would be a usable wifi signal things were easy to get set up..
OK not quite true. I had to do a 3g via wifi routine because plugging the USB modem/antenna thing into the Cr-48's lone USB port yielded nada. Zip. Nothing. Hopefully that will get fixed soon, or a method of using the SIM card slot made available, or something because not everyone wants Verizon. I still haven't activated my free 100MB because I don't have the money to extend that into something more usable (holidays. Meh.) and since I managed a home solution and the only other places I routinely go have wifi. I'm covered on that count.
So bootup and setup completed (I opted to skip photo making as I looked pretty horrid.) Sync was painless, though I did have to retype in a few passwords, which is meh, but livable. The theme I had picked out, apps I'd grabbed. Yep. Everything's there.
|My New Tab Page. Hard not to call it a Desktop though.|
"On the CR-48 you hit Ctrl and the Next Window button it will take a screenshot! Ctrl-O will then bring up your downloads folder to see your screenshot file.:Thanks Kevin, Random Internet Person you for that helpful tip. Now I can get screenshots of what I'm doing put to blog from picasa. Yay!
Those that know me understand that I write, or at least try to, often. So one of my first acts with my new notebook was to head to Google Docs. New docs work fine. Bit of lag, which is a headscratcher but fine it's beta. I'll live. Turns out the book I'd been working on failed to convert. So couldn't work on it. Best suggestion I heard was the file was too big. A couple hundred pages. OK great, don't really buy it but Fine. Bug reports filed on the matter.
|See, font sizes seem to only be suggestions.|
Sadly no matter what zoom level or font size you have the UI elements remain the same size. I understand that the chrome devs want most of the screen to be taken up by the web itself, but even hover text for links, system messages, and the like are in sizes I have to get nose to screen if I want any hope of reading. Granted I'm fairly light on the disability scale of debilitating problems (comparatively speaking) and the issue might not even come up for average users, but it's something of a Big Problem for me. Fortunately it's not a total deal breaker since I have to accommodate and work around regardless. Just something i hope Google will keep in mind as the beta progresses.
|Yes I Facebook. Shun Me Geeks of the world.|
This makes me happy. Less legwork for me to do once the finer points of seeing the files on removable media are concerned (so you can offload pictures without using a desktop.) Chrome OS would work for most of my family's current needs. Granted the trackpad takes getting used to and the matte finish on the keys means a dark room means you're almost guessing if you don't have the keyboard memorized but these are mostly hardware concerns so I'll wave them aside for the moment.) It's still at least as complaint free as average surfing. I haven't heard any complaints other than net speed, and that's probably the connection's fault more than anything, so I"m going on the basis that they are reasonably satisfied so far.
|Minecraft no work! :(|
This review was typed on a Cr-48 and other than the desk shot all the photos in this review were proided with the included screen capture command and hosted on picasa. With a little help fom Google Labs and HTML5 Youtube is useable, and I'm able to do the things I normally do... except Game. I want more and better games. I want a Doom Source Port. I want MINECRAFT.
Next week? I discuss Apps!