Why I’m probably going Chrome

As most of you probably know – I am firmly on Team Apple: for phones, tablets and computers. The first i-product I had was the first iPod shuffle (the white one that looked like a USB stick). Then I purchased an iPod Nano in 2007 and in 2008 bought my Macbook went iOS and grabbed an iPod Touch. Since then I have also purchased an iPad and iPhone. So yes – other than an Apple TV, I pretty much have all the i-Things….

My Macbook is over six years old and still working, but mainly use my newer iMac (bought in 2012) for big computer jobs. I use my Macbook at work as my “work computer”. The Macbook is basically only good for internet programs, word documents, and presentations. If you try to do anything beyond that, I get the pinwheel of death and the computer crashes. But when I’m just using it for general work purposes – it does just fine and is very much better than any school computer. One day it will just stop working and I shall be sad.

My employer is moving towards the “bring your own device” method of computers and as I mentioned, I would rather bring my own computer. But does that mean I want to spend over $1000 on a new MacBook? Definitely not. I used my Macbook primarily for work, and the work I do is mostly computer based. Since my school board is also “going Google” soon (our Email is moving to Gmail) and therefore there is more emphasis on using Google Drive, Google Sites and electronic assignment submission. I’ve been using Google Drive more regularly and have been using Google Sites for years.

So with all that said – I am most likely going to purchase a Chromebook when the time comes to purchasing a new work computer. The school boards have already started purchasing Chromebooks rather than new PC computers, which allows for computer lab time to be in a regular classroom. But – we cannot take them home.

 

Although I will still have an iMac at home, there are many advantages to purchasing a Chromebook for my work computer:

– I primarily use the internet and various Google Apps

– The price is right. Around $300 for a Chromebook vs. $1000+ for a Macbook

– It makes my teaching life a bit easier as my students are really into submitting assignments via Google Drive and my email is now Gmail-based

– It is lightweight and easy to through into my school bag

– The battery lasts a long time! I used a Chromebook with just a battery for an entire day a few months ago

It would take some time to get used to using the Google Operating System – but really, isn’t that part of the fun?

What do you think?  Are you Team Apple or PC – would you try a Chromebook?

Do you own a Chromebook? Do you like it?

 

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  1. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    I LOVE my MacBook… but I agree.. it’s super expensive. I don’t even think I’ve ever heard of a Chromebook…am I that technologically disadvantaged??
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      ummm, yes I would say you are a bit tech disadvantaged.

      Chromebooks are still fairly ‘new’ but becoming more popular! Ugh – just looked at the cost of a new Macbook – over $1000 for sure 🙁

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  2. Hollie

    I’m glad I stumbled across your blog today. I’m actually in the market for a new laptop and I cannot decide if I want to continue with my Dell (they’ve never been bad for me) or for a Macbook or Ipad. I have an iphone which I love. I don’t know, I’m still deciding.
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Welcome!! 🙂

      It took me awhile to jump to a Mac when I purchased my Macbook back in the day. I will never buy a PC computer again – they would last me 2-3 years max and then crash. Mac’s are great purchases and if you are buying a new computer for your main computer use – I would go Mac. I don’t think I could go Chrome for everything – but at work it is fine.

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  3. Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure

    Oh man, I don’t think I could ever do it! I feel like Google works well with my Apple stuff, so I could never switch over from my Apple products. I’m too addicted.
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      I strongly prefer Apple – but can’t afford another Mac (that and I would totally be in trouble for buying another one)

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