I’ll admit it, I was a bit skeptical when the Chromebook was launched by Google last year. The thought of having a completely web-based device that was basically useless without WiFi was something I didn’t think I could ever be interested in.
By enabling offline usage, this became the perfect device for a journalist, and after less than 24 hours of ownership, I know it is one of the best tools I have in my bag for the job.
I took the Chromebook to cover a meeting last night. It worked out perfectly: I took notes quickly while council members had their meeting—typing is so much faster than shorthand. Normally when councils go in to an executive session, I’m left with nothing to do but sit there. I keep a book in my bag just for that reason. Last night, however, I wrote three-quarters of my story for today’s paper while they were in the session.
The device is a perfect size for covering stories—big enough that the keyboard isn’t too awkward to type on, but small enough that it’s light and easy to transport.
I’m really glad that the Chromebook has become a part of my Google family of Android smartphone and Nexus 7. The three work seamlessly together. For example, I record an interview or event using my phone. Then, that recording is automatically sent to the Nexus and Chromebook through the cloud, making it easy to access the recording on any of the three devices. From there, I can write a story on the Chromebook, head back to it later to edit on the Nexus, and so on and so forth.
I’d definitely recommend this product to journalists, those who work in public relations, or any profession where writing and deadlines are a major part of the job.
What I love:
- Size and portability
- Battery life
- Offline-enabled apps
- Quick boot
- Sync between devices