Recently most of the laptop news has been about Apple and what processors it might be using in future models. Devices are evolving and we could soon have units that can be used for many hours without the need for recharging. This week Google Chrome OS and the Chromebook were exposed to us. What do you think about it when comparing to iPad and Windows?
Nicholas Kolakowski over at eWeek.com is wondering if the cloud based Google Chromebook could find itself sandwiched between Windows and tablets. The lightweight Samsung Chromebook will cost $429 for the Wi-Fi model, and $499 for the 3G version. Google are planning to offer the device to business and educational institutions on a subscription basis.
It will be offered with a cloud management program so administrators can organize apps, devices, and polices. The business edition will cost $28 each month per user, and an education edition will be $20. But if you do want a subscription you will have to sign up to a three year contract.
But this will give users access to enterprise level support, warranties and replacements, and hardware updates. If you sign up for the three year contract on the business edition it will cost you $1,008, or the education version will be $720, this price brings the Chromebook to a level of powerful PCs using Windows 7.
The Chromebook will also be up against the Apple iPad and other tablets, where many consumers opting for a tablet in preference to a netbook. So Google will have to prove that Chromebook’s can compete with a top of the range laptop, and provide updates and improvements to offer a good value alternative.
Will you be considering the Google Chromebook?