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If so, tell me about them.
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I have wondered this as well. Just seems for the price you could buy a Windows laptop with a lot more functionality.
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sirius23 wrote:
I have wondered this as well. Just seems for the price you could buy a Windows laptop with a lot more functionality.


Where have you seen windows laptops for $250?
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Acer chromebook is $199.
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mister lunch wrote:


The Acer one got really bad reviews due to a 3 hour battery life. We're looking at the Samsungs.
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How is this any different from a netbook (apart from the OS, of course).

More telling, Verizon stopped selling netbooks 2 months ago, and moved to exclusively tablets. And, they don't universally offer their 'share everything' plan to all netbooks (if you can find a mobile internet-ready netbook elsewhere).

I think the love of tablets is a flavor-of-the-day, though. They're not intended to be substitutes for laptops; even if the providers want you to think they are ...
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mister lunch wrote:


I didn't know they were that cheap now. I looked when they first came out and they seemed to run $600+.
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I've played with the OS a little in emulation only, not on an actual chrome book, but I feel like I got enough of a taste to know it's not for me - at least not as my primary computer.

I suppose if you wanted a machine just for checking emails and light web-surfing it might fit the bill, but for doing anything else you'd want a real computer.

That said, if that *is* all you need it for, $199 is a pretty attractive price point for that type of access.


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Geosphere wrote:
Bueller? Bueller?


I think that the lack of response may be telling.
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Geosphere wrote:
If so, tell me about them.

They have sexy robot ladies on the cover. Yep.
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They're not for me.

They're for the kids.

They need to be browsers for use on YouTube, FaceBook and various web games as well as homework stuff.
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Geosphere wrote:
They need to be browsers for use on YouTube, FaceBook and various web games as well as homework stuff.

I imagine that the Chromebooks will use Chrome, and I use Chrome for all that (though, admittedly, I haven't done homework in a while) without any problems. Plus, Google owns YouTube now, so I imagine that the videos integrate well into the OS.
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Geosphere wrote:
They're not for me.

They're for the kids.

They need to be browsers for use on YouTube, FaceBook and various web games as well as homework stuff.


Nice thinking, I was thinking of getting my son his own tablet so my wife can use hers. But a chromebook might be better.

A friend of mine has one and uses it when she travels. It looks quite functional if the majority of your work is browser based.

What's the Samsung battery life?
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CrankyPants wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
They're not for me.

They're for the kids.

They need to be browsers for use on YouTube, FaceBook and various web games as well as homework stuff.


Nice thinking, I was thinking of getting my son his own tablet so my wife can use hers. But a chromebook might be better.

A friend of mine has one and uses it when she travels. It looks quite functional if the majority of your work is browser based.

What's the Samsung battery life?


Exactly our thought - cheaper than a tablet and possibly more functional.

They say 7 hours on the batteries.
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Geosphere wrote:

They're for the kids.


I think your kids are the prime market for them. The obvious upside is you don't have to worry much about viruses, malware, etc.
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sirius23 wrote:
The obvious upside is you don't have to worry much about viruses, malware, etc.


SO important.
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sirius23 wrote:
The obvious upside is you don't have to worry much about viruses, malware, etc.


Sorry for the dumb question but: why don't you have to worry?
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Jatoha wrote:
sirius23 wrote:
The obvious upside is you don't have to worry much about viruses, malware, etc.


Sorry for the dumb question but: why don't you have to worry?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_os#Security

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In March 2010, Google software security engineer Will Drewry discussed Chrome OS security. Drewry described Chrome OS as a "hardened" operating system featuring auto-updating and sandbox features that will reduce malware exposure. He said that Chrome OS netbooks will be shipped with Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and include both a "trusted bootpath" and a physical switch under the battery compartment that actuates a developer mode. That mode drops some specialized security functions but increases developer flexibility. Drewry also emphasized that the open source nature of the operating system will contribute greatly to its security by allowing constant developer feedback.

At a December 2010 press conference, Google claimed that Chrome OS would be the most secure consumer operating system due in part to a verified boot ability, in which the initial boot code, stored in read-only memory, checks for system compromises.


Or in layman's terms: It only lets software get installed from verified sources and hardware level code is untouchable unless the owner physically opens the machine and flips a physical switch.
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CrankyPants wrote:
Jatoha wrote:
sirius23 wrote:
The obvious upside is you don't have to worry much about viruses, malware, etc.


Sorry for the dumb question but: why don't you have to worry?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrome_os#Security

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In March 2010, Google software security engineer Will Drewry discussed Chrome OS security. Drewry described Chrome OS as a "hardened" operating system featuring auto-updating and sandbox features that will reduce malware exposure. He said that Chrome OS netbooks will be shipped with Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and include both a "trusted bootpath" and a physical switch under the battery compartment that actuates a developer mode. That mode drops some specialized security functions but increases developer flexibility. Drewry also emphasized that the open source nature of the operating system will contribute greatly to its security by allowing constant developer feedback.

At a December 2010 press conference, Google claimed that Chrome OS would be the most secure consumer operating system due in part to a verified boot ability, in which the initial boot code, stored in read-only memory, checks for system compromises.


Or in layman's terms: It only lets software get installed from verified sources and hardware level code is untouchable unless the owner physically opens the machine and flips a physical switch.


ALSO

If the machine finds some sort of fault in itself, it reinstalls all of its own software from the last known good run.
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Boy, this sounds like it's perfect for my sister in law.

Her son is off at college, doesn't have a phone for whatever reason and they were keeping in touch via email. Well, her computer died and now she doesn't have a reliable way to contact him.

He calls her through his gmail account, but if she needs to call him, she has to call the university and get a message that way. It's way awkward.

She keeps saying she needs a new computer, but money is very tight for them. She is an absolute novice when it comes to computers- I mean, she thinks I'm an expert. She wouldn't use it for another thing than email, browsing the web and possibly Skype if I could teach her that.

Her sister and husband are telling her she needs to get a Macbook, they are huge apple fanboys and I think they have her all confused about what would be best. So, she's saving her money for a Mac!! grrr. She can't afford that and SHE DOESN'T NEED IT.

I wonder if Chromebook sounds enough like Macbook that I could convince her to go that route. I'm tempted to just buy her one! But when I suggested buying her son a phone a while back TomA said 'no way.' that they would be insulted---- pride.

*sigh* Thanks for letting me rant.
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Jatoha wrote:

I wonder if Chromebook sounds enough like Macbook that I could convince her to go that route.


This is a major sales tactic for Chrome right now. A whole lot cheaper for a tiny bit less.
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Jatoha wrote:
Boy, this sounds like it's perfect for my sister in law.

Her son is off at college, doesn't have a phone for whatever reason and they were keeping in touch via email. Well, her computer died and now she doesn't have a reliable way to contact him.

He calls her through his gmail account, but if she needs to call him, she has to call the university and get a message that way. It's way awkward.

She keeps saying she needs a new computer, but money is very tight for them. She is an absolute novice when it comes to computers- I mean, she thinks I'm an expert. She wouldn't use it for another thing than email, browsing the web and possibly Skype if I could teach her that.

Her sister and husband are telling her she needs to get a Macbook, they are huge apple fanboys and I think they have her all confused about what would be best. So, she's saving her money for a Mac!! grrr. She can't afford that and SHE DOESN'T NEED IT.

I wonder if Chromebook sounds enough like Macbook that I could convince her to go that route. I'm tempted to just buy her one! But when I suggested buying her son a phone a while back TomA said 'no way.' that they would be insulted---- pride.

*sigh* Thanks for letting me rant.


I agree that she doesn't need a fully scale computer. Chromebooks are available at BestBuy. You could take her to one to check it out.
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