​Google stops selling the Nexus 5

12 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

First Look: Google’s Chromebook Pixel looks impressive, but don’t try it offline.

Charlotte, NC: There’s a lot to love about Google’s new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop: a vivid, high-resolution touch screen, powerful speakers and next-generation USB ports meant to standardise power chargers.

It is faster than its predecessor and has a high resolution screen but it raises the question: does anyone really want to pay £800 for a glorified web browser. Google’s Chromebooks are designed to be a fast, cheap, portal to the internet costing under £250 and providing a browsing experience far better than similarly priced PCs. Although the Pixel promises offline access to files stored on Google’s online Drive service, it was hit or miss with files that weren’t in Google’s own formats. The new Pixel is cheaper, faster and comes with the new USB type-C port, but essentially offers the same conundrum: who should you buy a £800 Chromebook? The visibility is so good, in fact, that when my seatmate on a recent flight asked me to open the window shade, I could make out the contents of the screen, even with sunlight streaming in next to me.

David Pierce writing for Wired explained that the Pixel 2 makes compromises on software not on hardware, but that is the point of Google’s Chrome OS. And many are lighter than the Pixel’s 3.3 pounds.) The slower model I tested was speedy — more than adequate for Web surfing, text documents and even video. The new Chromebook Pixel is an improvement over its predecessor in every important way—it’s the best kind of upgrade, the kind that keeps what worked about the previous model and upgrades everything else.

With Type-C, cords can be inserted in either direction, much like the iPhone’s Lightning connector, so you don’t have to figure out which side is up.

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