I came across an article from Ara Wagoner at Android Central today that I found really interesting. Basically, she takes Google to task for giving up on developing Android for tablets, not optimizing Chrome OS further for use on tablets, and especially for not encouraging developers to create apps that work better with larger screens. It’s a viewpoint that I happen to agree with, and not just because I’m an Apple fan.
So I ended up returning the Pixelbook that I picked up to review and wrote about a couple of weeks ago. This was more of a false start than a failure, though. I hit day 14 (BestBuy’s last day to return) without being able to say if it was something I would be willing to part with $1000 for, or if I would even be able to take a small monetary hit to have it for a while and then sell it for less. The fact is, I just wasn’t able to spend as much time with the device as I had hoped, and couldn’t be sure about it. It’s better to safe than sorry in that case, but I can’t say that I won’t go back any try again later on.
Here are a few things that I did glean from my brief time with the device: