Samsung Chromebook video unboxing

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!

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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5 thoughts on “Samsung Chromebook video unboxing

  • Avatar of Loren
    November 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm
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    Congrats on the new purchase. We bought one too and so far it has been pretty awesome. It does almost everything we need it to do. The only problems we have had with it has been that netflix is not yet available and we cannot play things from an external dvd player (not sure if we can make an iso and play it with the internal video player). We also a weird thing happen to it where it froze and had to long press the power button in order for it to reboot twice but all the tabs open were saved magically by chrome so not too big of a deal when you have a 5 second boot up time.

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  • Avatar of Steven L
    November 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm
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    Since I’m guessing you’ll be stuck recording with that EVO for a while longer, here’s a suggestion: get the cardboard tube from a paper towel, tape it to a desk with Scotch tape, and then cut a thick angled notch into its side. You should then be able to use it as an ad hoc tripod, leaving you with two free hands.

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    • Avatar of John
      November 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm
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      Haha, I was actually kind of embarrassed to post this video because it was so bad. But thats a really good idea for next time!

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