It has been a long time coming but at last I have decided to go all in with Google.
A bold statement maybe but I have frequently been on the cusp of moving elsewhere – Apple maybe? But having now purchased a Founders edition of Stadia and picking up my dream job with a Tech firm specialising in G Suite has cemented my relationship with Google.
I still have concerns regarding privacy and will ensure that my settings reflect that wherever possible but in the end it is a trade off of functionality and convenience against my data being used against me.
One way round this is of course to upgrade to G Suite itself instead of the free version. The basic cost for the year is less than O365 so it makes sense? It does really with the basic tier at £4.20 plus the cost of a Domain at £10 for the year approximately depending on what you choose.
Using tools such as Docs makes writing, an ever increasingly important hobby of mine, a delight with functionality pared back to only the required amount and ease of use for saving documents which happens automatically – no need to get bogged down in technical detail…just write.
Coupled with the ever expanding list of useful third party add-ons and web centric applications such as Gravit Designer (an online Illustrator clone with a brilliant free tier) to Grammerly which helps me be a more accurate writer!
Chromebooks help to make things so much easier to do. For example I am writing this blog on my Acer R13 which in turn is connected to a new 27″ Acer monitor, Brydge Chrome Os keyboard and left handed jelly comb mouse. And it all works and connects, seamlessly. No having to re-load settings or play around in menus, just plug (or connect) and play.