It finally arrived! The new $249 Samsung Chromebook on ARM – the one I ordered on November 2 – finally arrived on my doorstep today, courtesy of FedEx, a full two weeks after I ordered it. Thank goodness I ended up not paying any extra for the one day shipping I chose!
Anyway, I’m so excited to finally use Chrome OS once more on hardware that’s officially sanctioned by Google. Before I even started writing for Pocketables, I was lucky enough to be a recipient of a CR-48, the free beta laptop that Google provided to several thousand people before Chromebooks were first released for public consumption.
I sold my CR-48 in January of this year, after owning it just over a year, in order to scrounge together enough cash for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime. But I’ve loved the idea of Chrome OS ever since using it – and boy, has it changed since January!
Chrome OS has really matured, and it finally feels like a viable alternative to more traditional desktop computing environments like Windows or OS X. In fact, over the next weeks and months, you can expect Chrome OS coverage to increase here on Pocketables, as I become familiar with Google’s cloud-based OS once more and learn all the new features that have been incorporated since I last used it (and there are quite a few).
In the meantime, enjoy the unboxing video above. I shot this immediately after the FedEx guy left, and uploaded it right after, so I apologize in advance for the shaky camera and lack of editing.
But I’ve got to go now – I have to play with my new Chromebook!