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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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.

Same thing could be said about Tablets, or even Laptops. Very few people, in the developed world, buy a consumer computing device with the expectation of nil network connectivity nowadays.

It's not that connectivity isn't available in the devices if you want it - and want to spend $100 more (typically) for the cell modem to be part of it.

It's just the nature of the cell networks - even in the developed world - they simply do not and cannot cover everything or be everywhere.

My biggest issue with Chromebooks aren't technological concerns per se (most of which are resolved by now) but Google themselves (who are starting to creep me out).

As I said in another thread, my only real issue with Chromebooks is the size of the disk drive, which is small as Google expects you to put nearly everything in the Cloud.

Right now I work for one of the big Cloud Companies (Rackspace), and I certainly do find Cloud functionality useful, but I would in no way rely on Cloud for everything - that's just not my nature as I prefer to have more control so I like having local resources which are augmented by Cloud. This philosophy just makes the base assumption behind a Chromebook invalid for me.

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