Once again I have been visited by my old friend, insomnia. Insomnia is never welcome and never invited, but he shows up like an unwanted visitor that won’t go away. I have no choice but to endure this visit and hope that it is over with soon. At least I know that the upcoming day at work should be uneventful. My plans for after work now involve getting some sleep and hoping that insomnia has plans for other people tomorrow night.
As the night progressed, I knew that I was not going to get back to sleep. I continued to write using the Chromebook, secretly fantasizing about getting a Pixelbook (preferably the 2018 model once I find out the specs and price) and then instantly reminding myself that wishing for something that isn’t even available yet is a complete waste of time. I remember the discipline that it took to keep myself from purchasing a MacBook in years past, which was always determined by my finances. As things have improved through the years, I just never got around to getting a MacBook at all. Instead, I purchased my first Chromebook. The first Chromebook was one of the original Samsung devices that I ended up selling to a friend many years ago. Then I bought several Acer Chromebooks as they progressed through the years and finally settled on the Samsung Chromebook Plus that I am using right now.
While the Samsung Chromebook Plus is a good machine, I admit that it feels cheap after I had a chance to see the Pixelbook at Best Buy. The Pixelbook feels like a premium device compared to this. I do like the pen that can be stored on the Samsung Chromebook Plus, and I hope that Google will do something similar with the next-gen Pixelbook. I also hope that the Pixelbook Pen comes with the next-gen Pixelbook, rather than as an added $100 accessory. The official announcement for the next-gen Pixelbook is supposed to happen on October 9, at least according to the rumor mill so I will have to wait and see what happens then. Another feature I would love to see with the next-gen Pixelbook is fingerprint sensor sign-in or better yet, facial recognition sign-in.
Plenty of people scoff at the idea of paying premium money for a Pixelbook, and I felt that way initially. Recently, I have come around to appreciating the benefits of purchasing one directly from Google. This feeling is a result of my wonderful experience with the Pixel phones that I have used with Google’s Project FI phone service. I have been with Project Fi for nearly five years and have loved every second of the experience. I realize that the whole Project Fi/Google/Android/Chromebook environment has pulled me away from Apple to the point that I have a hard time envisioning going back to Apple. As I mentioned earlier, I never bought a MacBook, I have used Macs extensively in the past, and I love the quality, but I find myself being more cost-conscious while Apple seems intent on being greedy with minor advances treated as revolutionary events with corresponding price increases.
Therefore, I predict that I will stick with Google for the foreseeable future. Whether or not I upgrade my Pixel phone or purchase a Pixelbook depends on how comfortable I feel spending the money. I don’t know the answer to that until I see the prices for the new devices. Until that time, I will wait. At least, the current generation Pixelbook should go on sale after the next generation products are released.