Taking An Acer Spin 1 For A...
October 11, 2019
Bad puns, so what you gonna do about it (that's a reference). Here is another adventure after getting an Acer Spin 1 (SP111-33). I got it for 50% off, so it was a steal. It is the typical 2-in-1 or convertible ultra-light laptop. So I figured I’d use it to try out Android, ChomeOS, Linux, etc.
Simple intro to another adventure, but oh boy, wait til you read the first part….
A Ruffian Saying Ni To Miscrosoft
A Newt? Well I Got Better!
The creation process had wording that I thought it was backing up the currently installed system. The recovery USB took a loooooong time to be made (like 5 hours), much longer than downloading & “burning” a Kubuntu iso. To boot into the recovery USB, I had to change the boot order in EFI/BIOS; easy enough. But word of warning, it looks like Recovery is just the OS, not of your data.
And Now For Something Completely Different
All the mobile or mobile-like stuff works really well and pretty fast on this Acer Spin 1 with Android-X86. But do not expect the tablet-like functions to work completely at this point in time.
On second thoughts, let us go to Chrome OS. It is not a silly place
Next on my list of things to try is ChromeOS; or better said, Neverware’s CloudReady. Again, easy install & setup; and again a few issues related to tablet mode vs. laptop mode. First, no rotation like Android. It was good that “spinning” it to tablet mode shut off the keyboard and mouse. But then not coming back on going back to laptop mode is a pain.
Another issue was no automatic virtual keyboard popping up. A work around that isn’t too bad is to either:
Add input settings on the taskbar. Then just two taps and the virtual keyboard is there.
Under Accessibility settings, enable the virtual keyboard. Then just one tap and it's there.
Neither are optimal but it works. You can even use the Accessibility trick on the login screen in case you close the lid or let it sleep while logged in. That never happened to me, I just happened to, ah, think of it, ah, separately. :-P
I will also say that CloudReady seemed to be as snappy as Android-X86. I wasn’t expecting that! This isn’t really a review of CloudReady, so I won’t go into too much more. Overall though, getting CloudReady setup is easy and simple. Updating is easy and simple. Using it is easy and simple. Even going through the steps to get to work offline is fine.
If only the “spin” worked!!! :-( And Android apps were supported. Then I’d say that I found an awesome alternative to Windows 10 on this device. If Acer planned on supporting Chrome OS on it, I’m sure it’d be fine. It is pretty much like other Acer Spin models. Oh, and I’d get both Chrome OS apps and Android apps. Hint hint Neverware, you know it’s possible. :-)