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Old 11-05-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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A person I know wants Internet access. However, this person grew up in a generation where high tech meant electric refrigerators, radios with transistors, and airplanes with jet engines. I have repeatedly tried to teach this person the basics of PC use and had a great deal of difficulty -- they just cannot get it. Nevertheless, this person wants Internet access. So then I'm considering one of these Google Chromebook deals. However, is there a downside to these things if they're only used for Internet access?
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I have a Chromebook and I like it. (I also have a Win7 laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone).
I think my mom would like a Chromebook better than her Win7 laptop that she has. When the laptop asks for updates to various programs she doesn't know what to do. A CB would be much easier for her to deal with. All she does online is check her email, go to various websites and such. She doesn't even use Word.

I think a CB would be good for someone who just wants internet access.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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I agree a Chromebook is great for someone who only wants internet access.
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Jenks, Oklahoma
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Chromebook
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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As the previous poster have mentioned, if they mostly need internet access, a Chromebook is a great choice.

In addition, if they do also need word processing, presentation software, or spreadsheets, Google drive is always an option. Chromebooks do have some offline capabilities, although much more limited than a windows laptop. There's many other cloud software options available in addition to Google drive, too.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:35 PM
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Location: Ohio
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The downsides to Chromebook for the older persons in my life are 2-fold.
  1. No email client. Gmail and other webmail is too busy and has too many options for less-advanced users.
  2. No support for or replacements available for other software, like the genealogy applications and games they already use.

OTOH, if the user was starting from scratch, I'd definitely consider it. As a platform, it's rock-solid and about as close to maintenance-free as computers get.
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:04 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Thanks folks.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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IF they know how to use an type writer then get them an standard 12.1 labtop. and outfit with all kinds of stuff. Colleges have free educational seminars on computer things like internet. Then teach them about their cell phone being used as an computer.
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