This morning I read with interest some reports that my fellow bloggers have been reporting as to the cost of the new Google Chrome OS computers. They have also spoken about the limited companies that are in the process of manufacturing new notebooks which will be using the Google Chrome OS. In addition, since the names Sony and Samsung have alleged to be the only two companies that will be making the new netbooks, one comment stated that there is some kind of a conspiracy going on, in light of the Samsung keylogger allegations.
Another article I read states that they believe the new Google Chrome netbooks are going to be pricey. They state that prices between $200 to $600 are very expensive for a netbook that requires the Internet to work. Which made me start to think can Google Chrome OS netbooks compete against tablet computers?
First of all the introduction of Google Chrome OS notebooks is not limited to Sony and Samsung only. Acer and Asus are also shipping Chrome OS netbooks and HP, along with Dell, are evaluating their position on whether to ship netbooks with the new OS as well.
Pricing. We heard the same song when Apple first announced the pricing for its iPad priced from $499 to $829. People moan that the price was overly expensive and no one would buy what they called a toy. But Apple sold 15 million units since the introduction of the tablet in April 2010. Predictions are that Apple could sell another 25 million of its iPad 2 tablets this year alone.
These same naysayers were also critical of the Apple iPad because it only allowed you to surf the Web, email, and play games. It was just an expensive toy for those who could afford it, and the masses would not want nor need such a device. Let’s face it: why spend $500 on a tablet when you could buy a full-blown laptop?
The same is now being said about Google’s attempt with the Chrome OS. It is going to be expensive and you need an Internet connection to do anything. True facts. But the Cr-48 comes with both Wi-Fi and 3G connection to the Verizon network. So I can use the notebook anywhere I go. I also visit hot spots frequently and so far have not had an issue connecting anywhere.
Is it going to be expensive? I would say no more expensive than an iPhone, Android phone, or other device that connects to the Internet via 3G, 4G, or whatever G is available. Is it going to be more expensive than an Apple iPad? I don’t believe so. Without a crystal ball it is going to be difficult to ascertain the real cost of a Google Chrome OS notebook until we learn if it will be subsidized by AT&T or Verizon.
So will the Google Chrome OS netbooks be popular and accepted by the masses as a must have device? It all depends. The Cr-48 beta computer I have works very well. Since the recent updates during the past few months, issues that once plagued the little wannabe laptop have vanished. One of the most annoying was the Wi-Fi connection and the slow speeds I had encountered. This has been fixed and the netbook is very fast and is on par with my grownup Toshiba laptop computer.
I believe that those of us who need a real keyboard, who spend a great deal of their time on the Internet, who wish to use the notebook as a real computer without looking to play games with it, may enjoy using the notebook with the Chrome OS. We will find out in the next six months or so if the masses with the cash will flock to the netbooks or not.
Everything right now is just smoke and mirrors with no one really knowing how the public will accept or reject the notebooks.
So before anyone throws out the Google netbooks along with the bath water, here are a few ideas you may wish to ponder:
Google has made a huge dent in the cell phone market with its Android OS. Some people are not huge Microsoft fans and will move to another OS if they feel it will meet their needs. Though some are reluctant to accept the fact that a notebook connected to the Internet that uses the cloud to store stuff is going to be the future; eventually this will be the case. When this will happen is anyone’s guess.
When Microsoft has faced stiff competition in the past, it used its big bucks to squash the competition. But this time it is facing a company that also has a huge amount of cash. Microsoft is ignoring the Google Chrome OS as a non-threat — just another Linux version without support and that cloud computing is just a play thing.
We will see.