I think I’m going to return the Chromebook.
I bought an iPad Pro. Well, two of them, because I couldn’t make up my mind which size I wanted, but the 12.9″ iPad Pro was just too big. Heavy, too! And the iPads Pro I bought I configured with cellular access so I could take them anywhere; I have an iPad mini with cellular access I use for keeping track of my tasks for work, and while I could just tether to my phone when I need to, I’ve found that having a easily-accessible always-on data connection in a mobile device so convenient.
Anyway, I bought both sizes, decided I didn’t like the larger size, and took it back to the Apple store today to return and to check out the cases for the 11″ model. I never really liked the previous version of the iPad Pro keyboard and thought that I’d dislike this new one too but after doing some typing tests in the store (I got about 90 WPM on Key Hero) and seeing if the keys would bother me with the keyboard folded back (not really, since I hold it on the left side where there aren’t any keys), I decided to give it a try. I’m trying it right now, in fact – typing this post on the Smart Keyboard Folio and seeing how I like the Ulysses text editor – and so far I’m liking both the keyboard and the text editor.
I did find a few issues with the Chromebook. One was actually with the Chrome browser: I use Fever for a self-hosted RSS syncing service, and I figured that I could use it to read my RSS feeds on the Chromebook. Fever is no longer supported or developed, and apparently a change to a recent version of Chrome disabled scrolling the feed list using the spacebar or jumping to the previous or next feed entries using the keyboard, so I poked around in the code and made a few tweaks of my own to fix the scrolling and change the keyboard shortcuts to ones that reflected my preferences in my usual RSS reader Reeder.
I also wasn’t impressed with the screen. Yeah, it’s “only” a $200 device, so it’s not going to be the best display, but it had to be pointed almost exactly perpendicular to my face for a decent image. Not a big deal but also not as pretty as I would prefer.
I think Saturday is the last day for me to return the Chromebook so I need to hurry up and make up my mind, but this iPad, with a cellular connection, with a keyboard that works better than I expected, well… it’s exactly what I was looking for.
Ok, now to figure out how to publish this post…