Why pay for a texting plan on your carrier when you can message (and, in some cases) call friends and family for free? There’s no reason, and we reviewed several messaging apps to help your determine which one is best for your needs. We also got our hands on a $149 Android tablet, sold exclusively at Walmart, that actually offered impressive performance for its low price. An HP Chromebook expands the typical size of a Chromebook to 14 inches, but does bigger mean better in this case? And two Sony VAIO Pro machines are the lightest Ultrabooks of their size on the market, but do their specs carry the weight?
HP's Pavilion 14 Chromebook brings the bigger picture to Chromebooks, literally. The 14-inch system is larger than most Chromebooks (that have screens 12 inches or smaller), and at $329 it comes at a good value. The Chromebook boasts loud audio, great video quality and color and is easy to use, making it a family-friendly device.