Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Oct 2017 21:56 UTC
Google

The Pixelbook has a lot in common with the previous Chromebooks that came directly from Google, with a high price tag and a spec sheet to match, but the Pixelbook will showcase the two newest enhancements to Chrome OS with stylus support and a hinge that allows for fold-over convertible use as a tablet. Neither of these things is new (convertible laptop designs have been a Windows staple for ages) but both are new for Google.

Including these features in Chrome and putting them on a high-priced Chromebook aimed squarely at developers and enthusiasts means Google really wants them to become a natural part of the Chromebook experience, and ultimately part of the web experience. So we have to ask, is Chrome finally ready to be a replacement for your tablet?

The answer is a mixed bag. It seems like answers are always that way. And Google needs to lead by example, then get everyone else on board.

Earlier this year, I replaced my aunt's aging Windows Vista (...) laptop with a Chromebook - a nice, solid, aluminium laptop with a good screen, solid trackpad, and amazing battery life. Since I set it up for her, I got to use it for a week before sending it off to my parents, who also used it for a week, after which we sent it to my aunt. All of us - my aunt, my parents, myself - were impressed with just how effortless of a machine it was. No fuss, no fiddling, no extraneous, outdated junk from 40 years of desktop computing getting in the way of browsing, e-mailing, and working with some simple documents.

Chrome OS is a great platform for a large group of non-demanding users, which is why I'm baffled by Google trying to sell us these upscale, fancy Chromebooks with insane amounts of power, and now, apparently, with stylus support and tablet mode? This feels exactly like the kind of extraneous, useless features that will only confuse and get in the way of the kind of people I personally think Chromebooks are great for.

Who is this upcoming Pixelbook for?

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RE[4]: Experiments!
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 5th Oct 2017 14:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Experiments!"
Flatland_Spider
Member since:
2006-09-01

A pity I can't demo it with the trackpad. I wouldn't have thought of MacOS being pretty good because iOS sure isn't, to say the least and one would have thought Apple would have leveraged a good OCR technology if they had it.


If you know how to write Chinese, it can be demoed with the Trackpad. ;) Yeah, it would be a cool feature if they would expand it.

Apple is supposed to own the best handwriting recognition algorithm, which is leftover from the Newton. I'm not sure why they don't use it more. Maybe the variability in handwriting is too much, and the error is higher then they would like, even if they own a great algorithm. Part of the Apple ethos is making technology "just work".

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RE[5]: Experiments!
by darknexus on Thu 5th Oct 2017 16:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Experiments!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Yeah I saw that. Unfortunately Chinese is not among my repertoire. ;)

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