There have been many recent website posts relating to the new Google Chromebook and its comparison to the Apple iPad. Some enthusiasts believe that the iPad doesn’t stand a chance against the Chromebook (which is to be released June 15, 2011).
In a recent article on Computerworld.com, writer Elgan tells all why Chromebooks will fail. For those who are not yet familiar, Chromebooks are inexpensive laptops powered by Google’s Chromium, which is an open-source browser-based operating system.
One competitive edge is, unlike the iPad, the Chromebook (with Wi-Fi only) will be priced lower with the option of including 3G for approximately $70 more. A second competitive advantage, which I believe to be very strategic, is the consumers’ ability to lease Chromebooks from selected vendors. Chromebooks will be available to businesses for $28 per month per computer and $20 per computer to schools.
As with window based platforms, Chromebook customers will receive automatic software updates; and hardware replacement happens automatically with failures and new versions. And because all of a user’s downloads and files are in the ‘clould’ or offsite database, that data is never lost when their machine is damaged, stolen, or lost.
Google spokesperson and co-founder Sergery Brin, in a statement to Computerworld.com, alleged that Microsoft and other operating system vendors are torturing its users because their technology is based on a flawed (and outdated) computing technology. I simply do not agree with Brin.
Although an insightful concept, the Chromebook is an uncompetitive basic browser that takes away the freedom and control from users; and in doing so, it protects organizations from their users. Some corporations might appreciate the fact that the Chromebook fences their users in. Also, school officials can benefit by avoiding malicious downloads by students.
Personally, I don’t want to be controlled by Google and its browser. I like the ability to do what I want with my computer, including installing applications. To me, a browsing-only computer is very below-amateur and boring as it serves only one purpose. Furthermore, for anyone wanting a platform that can only be used for Internet browsing, I suggest downloading Google’s Chrome browser to his or her computer hard drive and deleting all other browser downloads.
Another solution to this is to replace a PC with an iPad, as the iPad is superior in every way compared to the Chromebook. We must remember that Apple invented the app model for the (iOS) operating system, which is coincidentally a system utilized by the Google Android, HP’s TouchPad, and RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook. So, yes, it is most recognized for its power. And we can say that Apple is currently revolutionizing the way we work, play, and communicate.
Elgan states in his recent article to Computerworld.com that [Apple’s] app-based touch tablets solve the “torture” problem that Brin highlighted, without the problem inherent in cloud-only computing. Furthermore, app-based touch tablets will be far more popular than browser-based-only laptops.
By limiting browser choice to only one, the Chromebook does not give consumers the versatility of browsing; users are habitually used to having a choice. I am quite positive that most users have more than one browser downloaded on their PC. Hence, Chromebook does not allow this freedom to choose. If Google releases a flawed update, the user is stuck with it. As it currently is, Google’s Chrome browser is limited and won’t open up some of my favorite websites and the only way to get around it is to use another browser that is supportive. I built a website once, and it took Google Chrome over five weeks to recognize the domain name. It’s as if Google Chrome does not work in real time.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not against cloud-computing at all. And I applaud Google for all its fine work over this computing age. But for those in question about the Chromebook, this article is for you. But buyers please remember that an alternative to better browsing is the iPad computer tablet. Cloud computing alone – is “is operating in the clouds.” Don’t you want to know that you are in control of managing your data to a local backup device and to the cloud versus the cloud alone? I do.