Google’s Chromebook: What Are The Public Saying?

Google Chromebooks – the new netbook-style portable computers by Google that are designed to use the internet, and only the internet, to do everything and do it fast – have been in the news a lot this week, and naturally lots of people are expressing their opinions on how good it is, to the chance it has to disrupt the regular computer market, to whether it’s a competitor to the iPad. And as you'd expect, no-one can agree with anyone else, with reviews being mixed all around. This, despite the fact the computers have only just become available for pre-order and few even have one yet.
Well, I say, enough with the tech insiders and expert's opinions! There's only one group who can truly decide how good or how successful a product is going to be – and that's the people who Google want to buy it. So over the last few days, I've been collecting consumer opinions from various websites. Here's my selection of some of the best. Feel free to add your own in the comments, and form your own decisions about the product.

It took me some minutes to teach my grandmother how to do everything she ever did with her PC in the Chromebook. She is the typical consumer who browses news, regular info, the weather, schedules, food, products. Simple. People like her will purchase the Chromebook. This was Google's philosophy when launching the search services, this is the philosophy with chrome. Google understands that consumers will buy the technology that provides the cheapest solution possible that does what they want it to do, no matter how off topic it seems to techies, if it makes sense to the consumer, gameover. -Redbob57, christianpost.com

Saw a post recently about "Top 5 reasons the Google Chromebook should fear the 2011 MacBook Air". Bit early to say, I think – laurentbon, via Twitter

A light connected device like this could be used for light-duty tasks like e-mail, web and presentations. Being light makes it travel-friendly. However, half the time when I am doing a presentation at a customer site there is no internet connection or there is one that does not work well. There is no connection on the plane to work on that presentation either. Hotels have flaky connections too. Chromebook will only work if it never leaves the office. But this erases an advantage of a lightweight laptop…Could work in an environment like a classroom or a library, but this is a rather small niche. -nothingness, zdnet.com

Video: Introducing the Google Chromebook…Google’s answer to a notebook. The Chromebook is a web-based laptop… http://tumblr.com/xdp338sthw -KeiaRaykell, via Twitter

I can't see businesses going for this. Its going to be fun to live in the cloud but for how long? If they don't have a connection they are dead in the water. It can't run native applications that were custom built for the business. Too many things to stay away from on this Google venture -Scrabbler, zdnet.com

Hm. Ubuntu laptop about $500, and then you OWN it. You can update its OS, add applications, and manage it in your own space. Chromebook costs something first, and then $20-25/month for cloud computing. You can't really "own" it, you can't/don't update anything on it, and Google lets you manage it in THEIR SPACE. I don't know… Show me why I should not be apprehensive… -bryanzth, zdnet.com

I don't think people really understand these. The Chromebooks are meant for businesses and schools … they are significantly cheaper than Windows based PCs (Note: for businesses!). If you are looking at this as a techie consumer, you're not going to like it. That price includes free hardware upgrades and maintenance. No viruses, no local servers, no $1500 MacBooks. -terroh8er, huffingtonpost.com

I like my Cr-48, as far as doing actual work on it, no way. But for just getting online and looking at my social sites, youtube, or just checking email, its perfect. Too many people are not giving it a chance or saying "your cloud stuff might get hacked." Well that is true and very possible, but, you have to be smart nough with what you put on the web. It was meant for individuals to connect to there social, and individuals who want to connect to their businesses through there businesses portals. I think it is a great idea and see this getting bigger and bigger. Businesses can buy a cheaper laptop that runs lower grade hardware and give them to the employees and not lose a lot of money, win win in my book. -vanhicksjr, huffingtonpost.com

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