Samsung's new Chromebook Pro hybrid can run a universe of Android apps
A Chromebook's not a real computer, right?
That's what I used to think when these budget laptops running Google's Chrome OS first showed up.
They were basically just web browsers in a box, good for surfing, but that's about it.
But a few years makes a big difference, and this new Samsung Chromebook Pro is probably one of the first laptops I'd tell you to look at if you were looking to spend around 500 bucks on a new computer.
Sure, there are plenty of Windows laptops in that price range, or less, but none that I can think of offer this combination of a decent design Mostly metal construction, lag-free performance, long battery life, a better than HD touchscreen, a hybrid hinge that transforms the system into a tablet, and a built-in stylus.
On top of that, this is one of the first Chromebooks to offer access to the Google Play store, and with it millions of Android apps.
I got Instagram up and running right away and the Amazon Alexa app, both usually only accessible on phones or tablets.
A few didn't work like Snapchat or Uber but Microsoft Office and Photoshop Express were great.
You also get access to a lot of Android games and there's even an accelerometer that works in some but again a few I wanted to try came up as not compatible.
Bill, this is my new budget go to, because it feels faster and more responsive than budget Windows laptop.
I'd love slightly nicer keyboard and touchpad, but using the built in stylus, which sits in a little spot on the side, made it feel like a much more expensive device.