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Standard User baby_frogmella
(committed) Fri 01-Jul-11 10:01:20
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Netbook - worth buying a Google Chromebook?


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Samsung will release the first Google netbook called Chromebook very soon. Now i know they seem to be quite expensive for a netbook (>£350) but i'm sure prices will come down rapidly if/once other manufacturers get in on the act. I'm very tempted to buy one for the missus primarily because of the free 3G internet access you get when out and about (via 3 network) and also the long battery life ~ 8 hrs. I currently use Chrome browser and i love it for its speed and features, so definitely tempted to go for the chromebook. I know everything runs inside the browser on the chromebook. What do others think?

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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Fri 01-Jul-11 10:21:52
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Re: Netbook - worth buying a Google Chromebook?


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depends on use. If it's always at home and only used for web based stuff it'll be fine.

Printing needs a cloud based solution ie cloud-aware HP printer or another box running a printer hooked to Google's cloud print service.

I love the secure by design operating system, the lack of Microsoft and the build quality is reportedly good. It's a premium product because it comes without Windows !

The 3G might be free for an introductory period say 3 months but I'm not clear after that.

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Moderator billford
(moderator) Fri 01-Jul-11 10:27:02
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Re: Netbook - worth buying a Google Chromebook?


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"Secure by design", "Google" and "cloud" all in the same reference? I'll reserve judgement for a while tongue

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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Fri 01-Jul-11 10:50:09
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Re: Netbook - worth buying a Google Chromebook?


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the operating system is secure by design, it's a digitally signed OS on an encrypted SSD and it boots back to the same clean state each time.

Phil

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Standard User baby_frogmella
(committed) Fri 01-Jul-11 13:25:46
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Re: Netbook - worth buying a Google Chromebook?


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I like this:

Worried about safety and security? Fear not. The Chromebook is actually a lot safer to use than an ordinary computer. It's designed to keep your browser secure and protected against the bad things, like malware and viruses, that are out there on the web.

Every time you boot your Chromebook, it does a self check called a "verified boot." If it detects that your computer or OS has been tampered with or corrupted, the operating system is typically restored automatically from a known good backup. And if a backup is unavailable on your computer, you can download one yourself from the cloud. Best of all: your Chromebook does all this on its own so you don't have to worry about it.


The Samsung chromebook appears to get good user reviews here and battery life really does appear to be 8 hours. But can you run apps like Skype or MSN messenger with webcam?

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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Fri 01-Jul-11 14:27:24
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Re: Netbook - worth buying a Google Chromebook?


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But can you run apps like Skype or MSN messenger with webcam?


I would be fairly sure you can use Google Chat as the Chromebook has a webcam and Google+ includes video conferencing.

It's Linux underneath and both Skype and MSN can be used on Linux, so I guess it depends if anyone's going to develop a ChromeOS or Chrome app for those things - or a way of running it locally. I suspect not, most developer types will be happy to give MSN and Skype the finger.

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Standard User 12eason
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 01-Jul-11 14:42:01
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That appears to be just a way of stopping people rooting the netbook and putting a proper OS on there. I've tried chromeos, it sucks.
Standard User baby_frogmella
(committed) Fri 01-Jul-11 14:50:50
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In reply to a post by 12eason:
That appears to be just a way of stopping people rooting the netbook and putting a proper OS on there. I've tried chromeos, it sucks.


But surely that defeats the purpose of buying a Chromebook if you want to installl your own OS? I don't think the OS in chromebook is designed to replace Win 7 or Mac OS; its just a basic, secure environment in which Google's Chrome browser runs.

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Standard User 12eason
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 01-Jul-11 15:19:42
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I don't think it defeats the purpose. Lots of people will want to squeeze more value out of it once they realise who restrictive the OS is. You're paying a large amount of money for a system with less features than a typical android phone. You could buy an eee and have ubuntu + chrome for cheaper.
Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Fri 01-Jul-11 15:49:20
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You could buy an eee and have ubuntu + chrome for cheaper.


would it have an SSD ? same battery life ? ubuntu preinstalled ? read only OS for security ? boot as fast straight into browser ?

Chromebooks don't have to do what a standard netbook does, people pay double for a Macbook to get a different experience and this is just another different experience.

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