Saturday, August 10, 2013

If Google Asks, This is My Perfect Chromebook Pixel 2

I love my Chromebook Pixel. In fact, I knew I would like it from the day it was announced. It does not disappoint.
  • I love the keyboard. It's very comfortable to type on. (And I type about 10k words a week on average.)
  • The screen blows my mind.
  • The battery life is solid. (About 5 hours compared to 3-4 hours on my 2012 Macbook Air.)
  • The touchscreen feature is very natural. (I use it way more than I thought I would.)
  • The design and quality makes a statement.
  • The built-in LTE functionality is awesome for someone like me who travels frequently.
  • Oh yeah...one terabyte of Drive space is spectacular!
But if Google were to ask me what I would change about the second generation Pixel, this is what I would tell them:
  1. Give me the battery life of the CR-48. I want 8-10 hours of battery time. I know this is somewhat unrealistic. I can't "have my cake and eat it too." But if it were possible, a longer battery life is always a good thing.
  2. Give me the recharging speed of the Lenovo Carbon X1. I want to be able to fully recharge in about an hour (or less). When I do have to recharge, I'd like it to do so even faster than I can now.
  3. Give me the ability to flip the screen around and use it as a tablet. I really like the versatility of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. Since I got my Pixel, the use of my tablet is almost non-existent. But I still miss using it from time to time for pure content consumption and smaller presentations.
Google got a lot of things right when it created the Pixel. I was delighted to see them set the standard high. In fact, I still believe it's exactly what they needed to do.

You really can't go wrong with the Chromebook Pixel.

If Google asked you, what changes would you recommend for the second generation Pixel?