Dear Google Chromebook, this is our story….
Everyone has to start somewhere with technology and once upon a time I had the best of stuff. I used to have a Sony super-awesome laptop until my ex-partner decided to watch porn on it out on the balcony of our apartment one night. It wasn’t the porn that killed the laptop but the three storey drop into the carpark below that smashed it to pieces. I was then forced to get a cheap laptop and have a hard think about my relationship. We aren’t together anymore, not because of the porn, but the complete disregard for my possessions that annoyed me.
The next laptop served me well for years. It had everything I could need on it and I regularly done updates, cleared out the hard drive, and kept everything important on a back-up drive. All was good it seemed. And it was, until one night my husky decided to jump on my while I was working and my laptop was knocked from my hands and smashed on the floor. The hard drive was fine but the screen was smashed to blackness. Part of me died that night. It was like a friend had been killed in front of me and I could do nothing to stop it. For those of you who think that I’m strange for considering my laptop a friend, well, that’s just me.
After this I had to find a cheap replacement for my poor friend, and fast! I’m doing a degree, writing a book, I work online. I needed one ASAP! And I found one in the form of a HP Google Chromebook. Yes, it works. But for someone who needs it every day for more than just using Facebook, it’s as useful as a fart in a spacesuit.
1) The charger broke within a few days and trying to get a replacement for it was like finding chickens teeth.
2) I have essays to do and there is a thing called “google docs” on the Chromebook, but is it compatible? Is it the same as Word? No. No, no, no, no…… It is not the same and it is not compatible with anything.
3) You can’t download Microsoft Word on to the Chromebook, I’ve tried, twice. That’s a bag a money I’ll not be getting back anytime soon.
4) It’s not compatible with an iPhone, or iPod, or anything Apple. Guess what phone I have? Yep, iPhone 5.
5) Because it’s not compatible with anything I can’t upload pictures from my camera.
6) I wanted to do a YouTube channel and it can’t/won’t edit videos.
7) The battery life is terrible and because the charger I use to charge it with pants, I can’t even plug it in and continue to work.
8) The app selection is terrible and half of them don’t work.
9) If you download an app and don’t like it, it’s a nightmare to delete it.
10) The is no cd/dvd port on it. I know with it being a notepad it shouldn’t have but it’s still annoying.
So, there you have it. The reasons why I hate my Chromebook. It might seem childish to complain about something like this but I picked it because of the good reviews it got. Like I said, if all you need a laptop for is flicking about on Facebook or Twitter, go for it. But anything more than that, you will need to fork out about money because it will be no good for you. For now, it will have to do the job, I’m too scared to go and see how much a decent laptop costs.
Sidenote- I wrote this blog post on my Chromebook, in fact I’ve been working on it all day. So far my hubby has had to remove from me twice because I was about to throw it at a wall, violently. He also had to hide the hammer because I was going to smash it into a million tiny pieces.
I also made a YouTube video about the Chromebook, watch it if you dare! (P.S. It’s terrible)
If you still think the Chromebook is the thing for you, there is a link down below to my partners at Amazon. If you choose to click and buy through here, the site gets a small commission. But when you feel the urge to throw it at the wall, well, don’t say I didn’t warn you.