It isn't Microsoft, it's Linux (but the idea is the user shouldn't care
what it is, it just keeps itself updated and they simply use it) so if
you run any software that's specifically Windows only, it won't run that
They have relatively small amounts of storage (flash memory instead of a
spinning disc) as you're intended to either read stuff that's online
with them, or store your own stuff online, so you need to have Wifi or
3G coverage for them to be very useful.
Not played with them very much, an IT manager for a large NHS trust got
one as his retirement present, when I spoke to him later he's over the
moon with it.
Yes but in my experience if you want to iterate between WORD and Google
Docs you would be better off with a Windows laptop and Office (or
perhaps one of the open office versions, or even a genuine linux laptop
with Kingsoft or Apache). Chrome might be a linux derivative but it is
not a true linux environment.
Becoming popular with schools, for which it is a *very* good fit.
It does "enough" (web, office-stuff, email and now some android apps
too) but it looks after itself more of less as well as an android phone.
So the software support issue is greatly reduced.
There are plusses and minuses. Bought one for my wife a few years ago
because they were very cheap, now laptop prices have come down in
comparison. It is relatively fiddly if you want to share files with PC
users. You don't have to buy software to do the basic stuff but you are
locked into Google's ecosystem. The cloud environment is good, no need
to worry about backups etc as long as it is always used in a wifi
environment. More fiddly if you are using it "offline". Microsoft has
caught up in providing comparable cloud services. Wife continues to use
it in preference to her newer Win 8 laptop even though the battery is
knackered so that she needs mains most of the time.
I quickly decided these were not for me (but I work in a Windows
environment). Daughter thought about getting one to use on the train on
her commute, but decided against; now uses Ipad and Kindle.
So they are viable for "simple" user who just wants basic WP, email,
browsing, shopping, and can be used in a community who share data
provided "pc" users don't mind working with Google Docs files. Probably
fairly secure compared to Windows.
Linux operating system for mobile devices, including some laptops
(mainly the lightweight smaller cheaper ones)
Far more stable and secure than a Windows OS.
I've recently bought a 9" Tablet with Android OS at £38 inc. delivery.
Expecting it be be rubbish, my expectations were some blown away, as it
is an excellent device. I've got 150+ page manuals which open faster on
the tablet than the laptop sat here.
Plenty of horror stories out there about Google's online storage. Google
Drive, Google Sync, Google this that and the other bloody thing. Great
when it's working but they keep "improving" things, and nothing they do
is particularly intuitive to my mind. MS is the devil I know.
I've got a £50 Android tablet which is a bloated mess of apps you can't
get rid of but does work well for the very basic stuff.
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