For a long time, Chromebooks have been derided as not being “real computers.” The truth, which continues to grow increasingly clear, is that most people don’t need anything with capabilities beyond what a Chromebook offers. Recent updates that give you the ability to run Android apps make this reality even more crisp. This week, the hosts talk about the Pixelbook, Chromebooks in general, iPads, MacBooks, Surface devices, and boring old Windows laptops. But real talk, just get a Chromebook—especially if you just need something other than a work-issued laptop.
Some notes: David’s review of the Google Pixelbook. The convergence of laptops and iPads. Recommendations this week: Dubface for iOS, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, and Facebook Messenger Lite for Android. Send the hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric, David Pierce is @pierce, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.
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