Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2014 20:54 UTC

If you haven't picked up a Chromebook just yet, you might want to wait a little longer. Intel has just announced plans to roll out as many as 20 new Chromebooks by the latter half of this year. This new set will be thinner, lighter, more powerful and generally more diverse in terms of design. It's clear that Google is making a play for the mainstream.

I applaud any efforts to get people to buy new platforms, but in all honesty, I've yet to see a Chromebook in the wild - in fact, I don't even think I've ever even seen one in a store. Granted, I live in a small country nobody cares about, and the uptake of non-Windows platforms in desktops and laptops has always been pretty abysmal here, but you'd think you'd see more of these things.

What is the current state of Chrome OS? Owners, do you use it every day? What do you miss in a Chromebook that a traditional Linux/Windows/OS X laptop does offer?

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Which isn't there when you travel outside big cities.

Unless your "consulting" gig involved traveling to every place on earth, you could be simply using a very partial, biased, and grossly minuscule data set to define a whole market.

Besides, the majority of the population in developed countries tend to live in urban areas.

Having travelled even moderately, it's not even there.

Sure, you can have cell service in any urban area; and yes, you get away from urban areas and cell service goes to zero.

But even then, having cell service doesn't guarantee connectivity, especially as Chrome devices tend to not have Cell Modems built-in, and WiFi service is not so readily available in easy to use manners.

Plus those people are anyway better served with tablets than a 300€ browser.

And it's up to consumers to make that decision. These products most definitively not meet my needs, but I'm keenly aware my needs are probably non representative of the whole market.


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