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This evening I cancelled my Samsung Chromebook 2 preorder. I'm too cautious about the 250-nit non-IPS display to purchase sight unseen. I expect the screen to disappoint, despite Samsung being a panel maker. Every #chromebook  I've tested, except #hpchromebook11  and #chromebookpixel  is a frakup because of the dim, cheap display.

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You know, for a cheap computer, I imagine you have to be satisfied with some limiting factors. Screen brightness is one of these right now.

Though, I'll admit, sometimes I wish my Acer C720's screen was a bit brighter. For the form factor and portability versus my ASUS G73JH, it's worth the dimmer screen.
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Are You Satisfied with HP Chromebook 11?

Because I am not. The problem: Excellence outshines competing Chromebooks but performance undermines core benefits. What I really like about Chromebook 11, I really do. The keyboard and the screen are best of class, even better than laptops costing hundreds of dollars more. But the ARM processor and limited memory (2GB, cough, cough) just can't meet my needs -- something I would say about the Samsung Series 300, which uses the same processor and packs same amount of RAM.

As called out in my original review (http://betanews.com/2013/10/09/google-hp-chromebook-11-first-impressions-review/), screen viewing angles are excellent and brightness better than most every other Chromebook currently available. I personally find most Chromebook screens to be too dim -- can we dispatch with 200-nit, please?

Last night, I spent some time looking around my local Best Buy, where the Google booth had four Chromebooks on display -- the Acer C720, HP 11-inch and 14-inch models, and the Toshiba 13.3-incher. The dim screens really disappoint alongside the Chromebook 11 for brightness (300-nit) and viewing consistency. To date, the only Chromebooks that deliver consistent color and contrast and are suitable enough for, say, processing photos are the two models of Google design -- Chromebook 11 and Pixel.

I want to get excited about the 13.3-inch Samsung Chromebook 2, because of the faster ARM processor, doubled memory, and higher-resolution screen. But 250-nit puts me off, and brightness isn't the only measure. Color, contrast, and viewing angles do matter.  It's any guess what they will be.

If Chromebook 11 had just a little more oomph, it could be my main squeeze. Perhaps I'm too fussy. So I ask: If you own Chromebook 11, are you satisfied with performance? And with other attributes? What do you use the laptop for?

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just so so,no enough good applications yet
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The #bestbuy has a second #google display. Now this is much better. 
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+Erik Corry +Joe Wilcox I live in south Florida, broward county. I couldn't be more east of you! Lol
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My 2,800-word HTC One M8 review doesn't cover everything but it does have a clear point of focus. I just love Apple to oranges comparisons.

#htconem8   #iphone5s  
Many new smartphone shoppers will compare the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5, which are about the same size, offer similar high-end features, run Android (with customized user interfaces), and arrived in U.S. retail stores within days of one another. But since I move from iPhone 5s to what henceforth will be referred to as The One, the two devices are uniquely attractive, and both pack bleeding-edge cameras, my comparison is more Apple to orang...
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+Kevin Gault I don't see any problems. Could it be an illusion caused by the design?
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For #caturday  Neko is my wife's lockscreen. We got her the HTC One M8 yesterday, and I Craigslisted her iPhone 5s 32GB with AppleCare+ for $570.

Given how many iPhones suddenly are for sale, moving the 5s looks tough. Want to bet people are selling Apples to get the Samsung S5, with offers like Verizon's buy one get one free available?

#htconem8   #galaxys5  
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Design is iconic, but boring... So we will put that out if the way...
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This is what you can expect from HTC One M8 in ridiculously low light.

Colored LEDs circle my daughter's room, where Neko likes to sleep on the bed. The light isn't much, perhaps equivalent to a candle or two. Maybe. The room is damn dim.

I shot a series of photos last night. All grainy like this, which is to be expected. Every single one is in focus, which is commendable considering conditions. The One unsurprisingly auto-selected 3200 ISO for them all.

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Damn, Surface 2 is great value for the price.

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First version right +Sarah Paine?
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The #google display at #bestbuy is rather barren of products -- just a lonely #chromecast.
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It's also barren of anyone actually interested in the products.
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Google+ is best when relationships made online go into the real world; This afternoon, I met +Frank Milton and his wife at Fashion Valley Mall here in San Diego. They drove down from the LA area. 

Frank has an infectious personality. He's extremely, and immediately, likable. :)

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That's ok. You can use my photo of us. This one with +Sheralyn Milton and me is a big reminder to get a workout club membership effective tomorrow!
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There was a short line of people waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 launches at my local #tmobile  store this morning. The early opening is reason. Interesting, the first shoppers all came for the S5 while employees all plan to buy the M8.

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I mean everybody stepped there game up youc can't go wrong with neither one of them 
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