Posted on Thursday 09 December 2010 at 10:57 pm in category: Nerds
In the past week 5 people read this, in the past month 14 people read this.
A couple of days ago, I saw this blogpost on engadget.com. Of course I signed up for the test-drive right away, thinking I would probably never get one, but it was worth a shot. No confirmation, nothing. So you can imagine my surprise when I came home this afternoon, finding a UPS box addressed to me. This could only mean one thing! Inside the UPS box was another, gorgeously designed box.
The letter that came with it was of a surprising simplicity you don't see very much anymore. It basically said: "Here's your new Google Netbook, you probably know how to put the battery in. We assume you can figure out how to get online with Wi-Fi. Go ahead and have fun with it, and let us know what you think".
So I did insert the battery, and opened the lid. I didn't even have to push the power button, before I knew it the thing had booted up and discovered my wireless network at home, and I was online.
After playing with it for a couple of hours, I already love this thing. It looks awesome, and the keyboard feels really good. It's a netbook, so you're not going to have lots of storage or anything like that. You need to be 'in the cloud'. I guess you could call it a 'Cloudbook' rather than a laptop, netbook, notebook or whatever other terms there are.
Other things I will really need to get used to are the missing keys on the keyboard. I can live without a Caps Lock key, I never use it anyway. But I was surprised to find out how often I apparently use the PageUp/PageDown, Home, End and Del keys. They're not there!
Oh, it also comes with a free 2 year subscription to the Verizon 3G network, with a 100Mb per month data limit. Pretty generous, those Google guys.
And the best thing so far: nowhere on the box or in the letter it says: "We need this thing back when you're done testing it". Looks like I get to keep it.