Google Chromebook: Is It Simply a Myth, Scam or Must Have?

by Thomas on May 13, 2011 · 0 comments

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Wednesday, 11th May 2011, San Francisco: Google announce the proposal of chromebook at the Google conference I/O and the first few models should be available in Germany from 15th June. We decided to take a closer look at the chrome book in order to examine its suitability and latest features.

Time-Saving Wonder

It only takes eight seconds for the Google chromebook to boot up, making this an exciting device for time management fans provided you enjoy working on the internet. In chromebook you have everything apart from a classic hard drive.

Practical for Internet-Users and Self-Organisers

The Cloud: all apps, documents and settings are saved in the cloud, which means you can access your data online, even if you were to lose your chromebook. The operating system, chrome OS, enables you to use Google mail, calendar and docs as well as other files and offers a data manager, which additionally allows you to secure your data locally onto a SD-card or USB stick. The chromebook is therefore the ideal alternative for all who mainly use their PC for emails, the internet, word processing and self-organisation with the use of web applications like Google calender, TimeTac or Wunderlist.

Persistent Endurance Runner Instead of Hardware Highlight

The first chromebooks are coming from Samsung and Acer – they are small and reasonably priced. The Samsung Chromebook has a battery time of over 8 hours where as the Acer model lasts for around 6 hours. Both chrome books are equipped with the new Dual-Core Atom processor N570. WLAN, Bluetooth, a HD webcam, 2 USB ports, an SD card reader and 16 GB SD saver are all standard features, whilst UMTS is optionally available. According to Google Chrome Vice-President Sundar Pichai, prices for the chromebook start from around US$349.

Acceptance is a Question of Time

Has the chromebook a chance of acceptance? We think so – principally at least. In America, there are already obituaries on locally installed software and in Germany alone, more than 70% of all households already have internet access. However, some hesitation still exists to save data in the cloud in spite of high safety standards and strict data protection conditions, which can only suggest that gaining confidence in the cloud grows with time. In our view, the chromebook should be of particular interest to private users, scholars, students and office workers, in particular, as Google intends to offer lease models to firms and universities.

This official video shows you exactly what the chromebook can do:

There is also an interesting picture series for the Samsung chromebook on Techcrunch: the picture series.

So what do you think? Does the chromebook have a chance? Do you use internet applications for your time management or other things? Which doubts do you have and which advantages do you see? We look forward to reading your comments.

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