Galaxy Note 3, Gear, Note 10.1 2014 Edition and HP Chromebook (MobileTechRoundup show #307)

Galaxy Note 3, Gear, Note 10.1 2014 Edition and HP Chromebook (MobileTechRoundup show #307)

Summary: Kevin and I spent time with three new Samsung products and Kevin convinced me to buy a new Chromebook.


It has been a couple of weeks since Kevin and I chatted on the show. Most of MobileTechRoundup show #307 was focused on the new Samsung Galaxy products. Show topics include:

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  • Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 10.1. Will the Note 3 be here next week?

  • Kevin got his unlocked iPhone 5s: Hard not to recommend this phone to anyone

  • HP Chromebook 11 – a really nice ARM-based Chrome OS experience for $279. I ordered one after the show.

  • Twitter for tablets.... or rather a tablet.

  • Samsung Galaxy Round: seems like a gimmick

  • Fitbit Force

Running time: 72 minutes

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • What convinced you to part with earned money for a Chromebook

    A Chromebook is like a Thin Client device only less since it only has a browser and only Chrome at that. You cannot connect it to anything except the Internet and only sites that support Chrome (believe it or not some sites don't support Chrome and won't work).

    You can't hook a printer to it even to do configuration.

    Apps are a misnomer they are really Chrome plugins at best or just websites.

    Imagine if someone locked your computer so that it only ran the Chrome browser (it can be done) that's what you get with a Chromebook.

    The Chromebook functionality is worth about $75 and an actual Thin Client has more capability than a Chromebook.

    It's perfect for watching cat porn videos though.
  • Actually, if someone could lock my computer to prevent Windows I'd pay more

    What so many people needlessly bashing the Chrome don't seem to grasp is that its not about the fact that its merely a simple browser. It is that for those in the market whose computing needs are strictly internet these represent a breath of fresh air. Not having to deal with Windows constantly running in the background, endless reboots, progressively slower start up times, batter draining applications always running.

    And sure, a lot of that could be avoided if you had your own personal IT department, but by buying a Chromebook the average user doesn't have to deal with any of those headaches. So for less money they get a computer that runs at lightening speeds, has considerably more battery life, and never needs to be upgraded with the latest operating systems. And anyone needing storage can simply hookup an external drive or use cloud storage options.

    Not everybody needs native apps, but its amusing how some people can't seem to cope with this and feel the need to bash on every Chromebook article. Bravo.
    Marc Ello
    • RE: bashing the Chrome

      That's easy to answer: They feel Microsoft's fear of Google, either because they are devoted fans or are just part of a marketing arm to bash all things Google. When you see the compulsory anti-Chromebooks just see it for what it is "more pre-programmed dribble from the village idiot brigade".

      As for your comments about why to use Chromebooks, you are absolutely spot on!
  • Re: My last pay check was $9500

    Yes, we know it only takes a few stupid people to fall for your phishing scam to loose what is in their bank accounts. If you only stole $9500 last week, times must be tough for criminals like you.