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Asus Chromebook C302 with Android Apps


I got a Asus chromebook 302 that comes with a Intel core m3, 64Gb, 4Gb of memory.

Some problems I got on my device:

After I enabled the android app store the laptop started to reboot randomly. I tried removing the apps and switching chrome os channels, but it did not fix the problem.

So I decide to create a recovery SDCard using chrome recovery utility. I re-imaged the laptop with the an SD card, using the instructions from the chrome recovery utility.

After that the laptop booted in stable channel, I update the laptop to the latest stable image. After that

I switched to the Dev channel and the laptop has been working great with zero reboots for a week. I think the default image the laptop came imaged with was not working properly.

After the recovery image process, my Asus C302 is super stable.


List of Applications I am running:

Pandora, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Hangouts, Play Newstand, Hangouts Dialer, Calendar, Photos, Npr One, Voxer, Twilight, Firefox, Youtube, Google wifi, Hipchat, 3Dmark.

Here is a screenshot running 23 android applications at same time.


This is screen shoot running twilight, for those of us missing a blue light filter.


3DMark and Octane

The score below are running in the Chromeos dev channel. I only able to get octane scores between 15000-17000, but the machine still feels really fast.



UnKilled




Alto


The Asus Chromebook C302


This post was written on the Asus C302.
I am very impressed with it and would highly recommend it.

Pros:
  • Amazing performance,
  • Very good build quality, a great keyboard, very nice screen, and just a premium solid feel to it
  • Android apps on dev/beta channels
  • Great back-lit keyboard (Mac-book Pro feel)
  • Convertible
  • Some Android apps like calendar, Pandora, photos, YouTube, Firefox support bigger screen, bust most apps still don't, and these apps render in landscape or portrait more like they look on a phone, but without using the extra space of the big screen.
  • I like the USB C cable and being able to charge the laptop from both sides, avoids awkward cables when the charger is on the wrong side, like my other laptops.
  • Fan-less, silent, love that.
  • Charging is fast.

Cons:
  • Android apps only support 2 sizes, full screen or phone size. In full screen majority of the apps are just large super sized version of the phone version, offering very little extra functionality. This might be fixed when android 7 is released for chromeos.
  • Tablet mode is a bit awkward, sometimes chromeos does not detect it, the on screen keyboard is slow, rotation detection is slow (This is fixed on the latest Canary build of May 5th running chromeos version 60.0.3089)
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