Chromebooks: Way of the future or passing fad?

  • chaotic1

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    Aug 08, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
    I'm curious to hear other people's thoughts on this.

    Are Chromebooks going to replace Windows as the mainstream operating system, or is this just another passing fad like Netbooks and Palm pilots?

    I'm getting ready to take the plunge and get myself one to play with (I'm thinking either the Toshiba or ASUS C300). I want to see what all of the hype is about.

    Thoughts / experiences / concerns?
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    Aug 08, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
    I bought my gf a chromebook and she loves it. It is the perfect size and runs well plus has a lot of available cloud storage. I'm not much of a computer geek though and don't get very technical with it.
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    Aug 08, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    way too early to say that. i hope it gives them some competition though. OS innovation is stalled. where's my talking, flying 3D trash can?!
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    Aug 08, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
    TIL that there are things called Chromebook and Palm pilots.
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    Aug 08, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
    Don't all of the chrome apps run in the chrome browser on Windows or the Mac? If so then you could sort of test drive it that way. Actually I don't think the apps do; the chomebook has its own special os which I don't think the chrome browser runs or emulates.

    Personally I'm not a fan of google's ui designs. Microsoft is better, but not by much. Apple's is worse than Microsoft's.
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    Aug 09, 2014 4:21 AM GMT
    Chromebook is fine if everything you do on a computer only requires a web browser an internet connection.

    Just keep in mind that you can't install regular software like you can on Windows or Mac. The only "programs" you can install are Chrome apps/extensions.
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    Aug 09, 2014 1:38 PM GMT
    Love the convenience of my Chromebook. Light weight, easily transported, great battery life, fast internet. But, it hates other software limiting what devices I can use on it. Very frustrating. This needs to improve.
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    Aug 09, 2014 1:45 PM GMT
    I really like mine. It's perfect for browsing internet, watching videos and basic things like that. Great graphics. I would recommend it.
  • killercliche

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    Aug 10, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    bk11789 saidI bought my gf a chromebook



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  • 24hourguy

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    Aug 10, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
    I like mine, but my needs are pretty basic. Outside of email, web browsing, shopping (ok,and porn)....what do I need the expense of a PC for?
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    Aug 10, 2014 6:36 AM GMT
    Personally, I think they are most likely a passing fad; if Google really wanted them to be viable, they would actually port their own popular web apps to it. Earth and Picasa, for example, are both crippled on Chromebook.

    Add to that the fact that Skype and other third-party web apps also don't work on a Chromebook, and it really seems that it's just a backup plan, not a priority. Just as well, since a number of web apps these days (Earth and Skype among them) are just wrappers that make locally installed software *look* like web apps.

    I don't regret my Acer C720, but that's because I can always just swap out the SSD and turn it into a nice cheap-yet-capable Linux laptop. Chrome OS sucks for anything but the most basic web browsing, but it doesn't really matter as long as you have a real computer to fall back on.
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    Aug 10, 2014 6:51 AM GMT
    Netbooks were a fad? I still use mine sometimes, even though it's like 4+ years old. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 10, 2014 7:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidNetbooks were a fad? I still use mine sometimes, even though it's like 4+ years old. icon_lol.gif

    I didn't read it but I recently saw a headline for an article saying that the sales of tablets is nosediving. Maybe netbooks and laptops are coming back?

    I only use my tablet for the most rudimentary things; it is convenient for simple web browsing, reading mail, etc. but not for anything that requires any significant amount of typing.
  • robwils1974

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    Aug 10, 2014 8:00 AM GMT
    I am an owner of a chromebook (the first Samsung version) and I think its great if all you do is web browsing and simple things like that. I also use it for watching a Netflix film while in bed and Spotify works on it too (the webpage version). I've also found it great for battery life. I do a lot of research and it lasts the whole day when I'm out and about at various archive centres.

    They are also pretty cheap so if you already have a desktop or a heavy laptop they are perfect for popping into the bag and going out. Of course since its web based you need wifi, although where I live this is not a problem with almost every where now connected :-) I think you can also buy 3/4g versions now too.
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    Aug 10, 2014 9:40 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI didn't read it but I recently saw a headline for an article saying that the sales of tablets is nosediving. Maybe netbooks and laptops are coming back?

    I only use my tablet for the most rudimentary things; it is convenient for simple web browsing, reading mail, etc. but not for anything that requires any significant amount of typing.

    The market is saturated with smartphones and tablets. Sales are slumping because everyone that wants one, already has one. New models offer nothing new, so no need to upgrade every year.

    I think once you get out of school, there's not much need for a full blown computer. Most people these days just need a web browser.. Facebook, YouTube, email.
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    Aug 11, 2014 10:52 AM GMT
    I have a kindle fire HDX and I love it. I use it for everything.
  • BlackCoach

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    Aug 11, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
    Browser only interface.
    Your documents are in the cloud which I don't want.
    Me being software engineer can't developed on them
    Not good for gaming
    Rather have 300 dollar Windows laptop