It may be a bit presumptuous to just assume you’re going to get a Chromebook, but really why wouldn’t you? For the cost they’re nearly disposable and the function goes far beyond the price tag.
Lightweight with battery life measured in hours, the Chromebook that fits easily in a backpack or computer bag and is useful at times you just don’t feel like dragging out your full size laptop and waiting for it to boot. Thrifty on power and bandwidth, Chromebooks will be useful for many commuters, students and road warriors.
It’s not what the OS does that makes the device useful, it’s the applications you can run on the device and Chromebooks have a world of useful apps. Here are the first five you’ll want to install.
Evernote is bookmarking on steroids and a must for anyone using the web for research. Clearly uses Evernote’s cloud storage to store articles, pictures and notes and make them available on any device. What you make like better is that with one button tap Clearly strips away all the web page clutter and makes it easier to read.
We covered Any.Do in our review of productivity apps and your new Chromebook wouldn’t be complete without it. Be more organized and productive by keeping your todo list in front of you all the time.
Pandora is a nifty service that lets you pick the kind of music and artists you like and it creates a music stream based on your preferences. I picked blues rock and was met with classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Joe Bonamassa. As a bonus Pandora includes the lyrics, though singing along with your headphones on has never gotten anyone discovered.
The Kindle Cloud reader opens an endless world of ebooks. The Cloud Reader is still a work in progress and offline reading can still be a little tricky.
If you recently purchased a Chromebook it automatically comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage. This extension adds a button to save web pages, photos, media files and documents. Keep all your work backed up and safe while you’re on the go.
Chromebooks are not a substitute for a full size computer for many tasks, but for making notes, managing your schedule or reading a good book on the go they’re invaluable. I expect many people will try one at some point.