Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:38 UTC
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Dieter Bohn:

When I think about whether the Pixelbook could reasonably replace a MacBook or a Windows laptop, my gut says that, for most people, the answer is "no." To solve the "last 10 percent" on a Pixelbook, you really have to be very savvy about how to navigate the different computing paradigms of Chrome and Android to make the whole thing work - and even then, it's not easy. Unless you're an expert in the ways of both the web and Android, it shouldn't be your only computer.

If I were Apple or Microsoft, I would be thinking a lot about the generation of students who are savvy with Chromebooks and Android apps, and who might just want the same thing they're used to from their classroom, just in a much nicer package. I don't know that it'll happen this year, though.

Honestly, I think the iPad Pro is a better comparison. On both devices, you can get quite a lot more done than you'd expect, but you have to deeply understand how the platform works to get there. And if you're debating between them, here's the TL;DR: the iPad Pro has better apps, is a tablet-first device, and has a worse web browser. The Pixelbook has worse apps, is a laptop-first device, and has a better web browser.

Dieter Bohn hits the nail on the head here - devices like the iPad Pro or the Pixelbook aren't so much about converting traditional longtime desktop/laptop users - they're about making sure that kids currently growing up with iOS and Android/Chrome OS devices in their pocket or at school have a powerful, all-purpose computing device they already know how to work with and that they already like for the future. It's similar to how people wanted to have the same computer at home as they were using at work - IBM-compatible PCs with DOS and later Windows.

The fact that the iPad Pro and Pixelbook are already as good as they are should really worry Microsoft, most of all.

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Y tho?
by model500 on Fri 27th Oct 2017 03:31 UTC
model500
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2016-12-22

If this was a 400-500$ laptop you could make a strong argument - nobody needs a powerhouse and access to tons of storage and apps an so on on and so forth.
but for 1000$ you can go and buy a surface laptop with proper windows OS on it and have all the apps on this planet you want. on and off the cloud.
so why buy this thing except for looks - it does looks really sleek, but so does a surface as does the macbook.

so where is the advantage of pixelbok - kids that are growing up with phone apps will by the time they hit puberty realize that those are not even close to being enough and will need access to more than just basic apps. and for that price, why buy pixelbook instead of surface or macbook which offer more?

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RE: Y tho?
by shotsman on Fri 27th Oct 2017 06:12 in reply to "Y tho?"
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2005-07-22

Windows a proper OS??? ROFL

Once upon a time it was but now it is a tool for MS to control your life.
Their attitude seems to be
"You will have this update and we don't care if it bricks your computer. Just go buy another one."

Harsh? Yes but now that I'm Window's free I realise just how restricting W10 is especially when compared to Windows 7.
As for Chrome/Chromebooks? No way am I using anything that leads back to Google unless I really have to. That's just my Grumpy Old Man self speaking. YMMV

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RE[2]: Y tho?
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 29th Oct 2017 14:08 in reply to "RE: Y tho?"
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2009-01-06

The fear of constant tracking by Google has led some to develop NayuOS https://nayuos.nexedi.com/ which is a "drop-in" Chromium OS based replacement especially for Chromebooks.

Would it be great if there was the equivalent open-source/tracking free operating system in the OS X/Windows world?

Edited 2017-10-29 14:17 UTC

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RE: Y tho?
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 29th Oct 2017 14:05 in reply to "Y tho?"
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2009-01-06

The majority of the Chromebooks on the market are cheap/low power devices. They have been successful in displacing the Windows-based Netbooks in many cases. - notably in the K-12 education space.

Some manufacturers released more powerful Chromebooks for business/work after Google brought forth the i5/i7 based Pixel 2015.

With the PixelBook, Google has again released a what-it-can-be premium device. Will other manufacturers follow suite, at a lower price point?

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