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who's thinking for getting one?
i think it was june 15 when they drop for sale.
of-course you can pre-order.
little bit ingrish! there. hah.
I will get one.. I need a small nice laptop for browsing web doing research while I'm chillin outside or whatever.
What we need now is PHP/AS3/JS/HTML and similar online code editors that work so you can rock them in Chrome.
If I had that plus maybe FTP type functionality, I wouldn't need much for the machine on the go. iPad blows for that shit.
I like the idea of making the web an application platform, and obviously that is where Google wants to take things.
But given the option between a machine that can ONLY handle web apps, and one that also lets you run Adobe CS, save movies and music...why would you choose the more limited option? Especially when the price is only a few hundreds dollars different. The selling point of the iPad is that while its limited, the user experience is really nice, which I'm not sure is going to be the case here.
Maybe I'm wrong and it will find its niche, but the jury is still out on this IMO...
What's a shame too is that it's only 3G.. putting in 4G is definitely something that needs to happen to have fast internet everywhere.
Well, here are main reasons I’m hearing why people aren’t all that jazzed by the Chromebook:
Price - $28 per month for a business translates into $1,008 over three years, which is a lot of money what is essentially a netbook with very little local storage and an OS with ’limited’ capability. Even buying the Chromebook outright still costs between $350 and $500, which is a lot of money for a netbook.
Hardware - Current there are two general models from two OEMs (Samsung and Acer). There’s very little choice.
Cloud storage - The idea of cloud-only storage bothers people a lot. The idea that work stops if there’s no WiFi or 3G (or if Google’s servers go down) doesn’t appeal to many. On top of that, there are a lot of people who view cloud storage with suspicion and wouldn’t be happy with their data living on Google servers.
Reliance on ‘apps’ - You can’t just download and install just anything onto Chromebooks. The Chrome OS works with web-based apps. Many have concerns that these apps will be limited and inflexible.
Updates - Chrome OS updates will be pushed automatically to Chromebooks. Some are concerned that this automatic updating could result in problems that would be outside of the control of the end user.
Spend your hard earned money at a strip club you bozos.
Not a game-changer at all imo, too many real and perceived issues with the concept to make a big dent in the US market, or anywhere else.
Google is like Microsoft, they can afford to fail. Think back to last year's Google I/O and how many things were announced with great fanfare that since kind of unceremoniously faded away (Wave, Google TV, etc).
The real game-changer could be the new Kindle. I am a bit surprised they've been delaying it for so long, they must be waiting for it to be all-ready to make a blitzkrieg. Today's Kindle is the only tablet-like device that competes well with iPad. The new one will likely have:
— Amazon App Store;
— Kindle books millions you already have;
— Amazon S3;
...and the killer feature they have been testing successfully with Kindle 3G:
— Worldwide interwebs, possibly still free. Whispernet is not just a deal with a phone operator in each country. It is a deal with all phone operators in each area, ensuring the best connectivity. The whole thing is transparent to you, you just have a flawless 3G experience. Kindle is the most futuristic device I had in this regard, I have used it in 10 countries so far—only in 2 of them it wasn't online (Cambodia, Vietnam).
sees pretty affordable for strapped students. i like the idea of providing the hardware for monthly rate. sure it has its limits but for your average strapped joe who likes to lease it works. i prefer to buy but i like seeing google give the option. i like that google still balances profit margins and ability to try to provide cheap solutions to help people.
I heard Boz is getting 6 of them.
NO DESKTOP BACKGROUND?
DEAD ON ARRIVAL.
100% useless in the subway or anyplace else you can't get an internet connection
Love this idea. Simple, fast, no fuss.
The whole online-only thing is still a few years away imo - even just mentally for a lot of people.
Interesting the fanfare Google gets though... if Apple or MS tried this shit people would be raging in the streets.