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Consumers Flock to Purchase New $249 Google Chromebook

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Analysts had expressed doubts regarding the recently unveiled device.

Despite criticism from analysts regarding its potential performance in the market, Google's newly announced Samsung-developed Chromebook has been sitting atop the Amazon best seller list for several days.

The $249 device achieved the position by knocking off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 into second place, while the Samsung Series 3 Windows notebook made its debut in third. Google's Series 3 Chromebook boasts a Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB RAM, six hours-plus battery life and an 11.6-inch display that features a resolution of 1366 x 768.

"I don't see any benefit of getting a Chromebook," Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, stated. "It's "basically a netbook with a Web-based OS on it. Why not just buy an Android device and actually be able to use plenty of apps?" The laptop is "basically a netbook with a Web-based OS on it. Why not just buy an Android device and actually be able to use plenty of apps?" For "another $100 or so, you can get a full laptop running Windows. That's a much better deal," he added.

Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi, meanwhile, also chimed in with her thoughts: "Consumers do not want to choose between apps and Internet; they want both. The $249 is certainly an interesting price point, but consumers have been burned with netbooks and will be cautious and look beyond the price tag."

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    hotroderx , October 23, 2012 7:19 AM
    clubsaucekillerSeems to me they're just flocking to buy what they think is a new Macbook Air. Samesung strikes again. http://static2.businessinsider.com [...] g?maxX=620


    if you cant tell the difference between the two please don't touch computers. The fact it has a GIANT SAMSUNG LOGO on it should be a indication its not a Apple.

    I am starting to wonder if the average apple consumer can read.... Since they seem to have issues with reading Logo's
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    mrAB , October 23, 2012 7:59 AM
    Quote:
    Slapping your logo on something makes it yours!


    well yah isnt that what Apple did with "rectangular glass screens" and "touch on a mobile device"
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    house70 , October 23, 2012 11:23 AM
    damianrobertjones"Consumers Flock to Purchase New $249 Google Chromebook" - I simply do not believe this statement. I need the cold hard facts and to actually SEE people buying this device. ... .

    The article mentions Amazon's top seller lists. Good luck trying to actually SEE these people... unless you become a professional stalker. I do not see any reason why Amazon would falsify this data, as it is probably automatically compiled from their sales numbers.
    So, what was your point again?
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  • 22 Hide
    hotroderx , October 23, 2012 7:19 AM
    clubsaucekillerSeems to me they're just flocking to buy what they think is a new Macbook Air. Samesung strikes again. http://static2.businessinsider.com [...] g?maxX=620


    if you cant tell the difference between the two please don't touch computers. The fact it has a GIANT SAMSUNG LOGO on it should be a indication its not a Apple.

    I am starting to wonder if the average apple consumer can read.... Since they seem to have issues with reading Logo's
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    mrAB , October 23, 2012 7:59 AM
    Quote:
    Slapping your logo on something makes it yours!


    well yah isnt that what Apple did with "rectangular glass screens" and "touch on a mobile device"
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    itsnotmeitsyou , October 23, 2012 8:06 AM
    i rely like apls. im prety avrage aple yuser too. Wurds wer nevr mi favrit,so i startd usin the aple ituch caus its butuns are sqwer weth rouded cornurs. But ican defully say i NEVUR hav a harde tyme findn my aple ituch thas jus tarded. It got unaple on it duh! geze ur dums.
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    assasin32 , October 23, 2012 8:36 AM
    Actually did a bit of research on the Chrome OS and that chromebook in particular. It's a nice setup if it meets your needs, which will have to be Chrome and very little besides that.

    What I honestly liked about it was the security of it, 128bit encyption for all your data, the main partition of the OS is not encypted and to my understanding it has two identical partitions and checks against eachother for tampering. Updates are done regularly to patch the OS for security holes and fixes, etc and all the other neat little tricks chrome OS has for security (lots of sandboxing, etc)

    Hardware wise, lets be honest it's a striped down OS running what is basically tablet specs with a SSD. Which is more than capable these days especially when the company only makes a few products and has the OS tailored for it.

    Biggest gripe I have with the thing is you can't do much outside of chrome. For me I would be using it for school in which I probably end up using Google Docs (fortunately they can offline edit now, took them long enough to implement it, large oversight in my opinion). And internet, this is the part where I think the Chromebook fails spectacularly since it is purposed built to pretty much do everything in chrome online and it doesn't even support Java. May not sound like that big of a deal for some of you but for students who use things such as Blackboard for assignments which requires Java this is the deal breaker.I know it is for me, I practically had cash in hand telling Google to take my money till I found that out.

    (I know there are ways to get Java to work but to be honest, I don't want to jump through 50 billion hoops just to get something to work that should take a minute or two to download and instal on any other OS)
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    zybch , October 23, 2012 8:36 AM
    "Consumer Flock to Purchase New $249 Google Chromebook"

    There, I fixed the title of the article for you.
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    bebangs , October 23, 2012 8:40 AM
    this makes absolutely no sense in the 3rd world countries, horrible & capped internets (note this laptop have only 16GB internal storage). Even with first world countries like US, i'd imagine most americans could not or would not buy a lifetime 3g internet. not everyone would even have access to a high speed or unlimited internet.

    Galaxy Nexus 7 tab (or any tab - android or ipad) has way more value than this.

    Imho, This tiny internal storage idea is stupid. Both laptops and tabs.
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    damianrobertjones , October 23, 2012 8:44 AM
    "Consumers Flock to Purchase New $249 Google Chromebook" - I simply do not believe this statement. I need the cold hard facts and to actually SEE people buying this device. Every tech site has run at least 3/4 articles on this device and it's as if someone, somewhere, is paying quite a nice sum to push this item more than it should be... as it it's pants. Sure, for the cash, it's not that bad but still... .
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    house70 , October 23, 2012 11:17 AM
    itsnotmeitsyoui rely like apls. im prety avrage aple yuser too. Wurds wer nevr mi favrit,so i startd usin the aple ituch caus its butuns are sqwer weth rouded cornurs. But ican defully say i NEVUR hav a harde tyme findn my aple ituch thas jus tarded. It got unaple on it duh! geze ur dums.

    The sarcasm is strong with this one...
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    house70 , October 23, 2012 11:23 AM
    damianrobertjones"Consumers Flock to Purchase New $249 Google Chromebook" - I simply do not believe this statement. I need the cold hard facts and to actually SEE people buying this device. ... .

    The article mentions Amazon's top seller lists. Good luck trying to actually SEE these people... unless you become a professional stalker. I do not see any reason why Amazon would falsify this data, as it is probably automatically compiled from their sales numbers.
    So, what was your point again?
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    Azimuth01 , October 23, 2012 11:25 AM
    Can windows XP be installed on this? If so, anyone have an idea what the performance might be like? I'll have to look into this more to find information about the devices potential, until then I'll keep an open mind about it.
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    mrmaia , October 23, 2012 11:42 AM
    I find it funny how Tom's, and specifically Zak Islam, point down any product made by anyone by Apple with those "specialist" opinions. Look what he wrote here:

    Quote:
    "I don't see any benefit of getting a Chromebook," Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, stated. "It's "basically a netbook with a Web-based OS on it. Why not just buy an Android device and actually be able to use plenty of apps?"


    Now what he wrote on another article yesterday ():

    Quote:
    "In our view, the iPad Mini stands to target price-sensitive users and the ereader crowd," Moskowitz said. "Given the global economic uncertainty, we think price-sensitive users could gravitate toward an iPad Mini instead of making a PC purchase."


    Why not just buy an iPhone and actually be able to do mostly the same stuff an iPad Mini does? I know the two articles talk about different subjects, but it's a long-standing trend that should stop.
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    g00fysmiley , October 23, 2012 12:08 PM
    at $250 if somebody just wants a laptop for internet usage.. plus it has a physical keyboard vs a tablet... yes i realised you can get bluetooth keyboards or even in some cases cases or plug in a usb keyboard, but not all consumers know this.
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    mariusmotea , October 23, 2012 12:16 PM
    If all Microsoft Surface RT models are now sold out for $599, is no surprise that Google Chromebook is selling very good at $249. I make this comparison because both offer same experience at begin (new OS and few apps).
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    john_4 , October 23, 2012 12:59 PM
    You can keep your cloud computing device and I will keep and trust my trusty HD.
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 1:14 PM
    for $300 i got an Asus x401a which i have been very pleased with, sure its an under powered laptop, or an over glorified large netbook but it does what ask of it with ease, id take it over a chrome book any day. i use ubuntu as my primary OS so i can get to know linux commands but i have win7 on it also
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 1:33 PM
    My MacBook is old enough that the letters have worn off several keys, so I have been thinking about getting a new Mac laptop. At $249 the Chromebook is attractive for somebody who only does word-processing, email, and web browsing (provided I get used to Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word, inc. footnotes). I already keep everything on the Cloud, mostly Dropbox. I have no folders on my desktop. There are more than enough Chrome apps for somebody who almost never uses any apps. We all are different.
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    hate machine , October 23, 2012 2:33 PM
    I love all the Analysts saying how consumers wont buy this. a 250 dollar nice looking and portable web browsing and document creation machine? Who are they kidding...
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    ginnai , October 23, 2012 4:02 PM
    I feel like I am the only person who likes their netbook. Ironically, it is a Samsung... with a huge design flaw (lid hinges on the lcd screen *facepalm). The Intel Atom is great, Windows XP (not 7 starter, I dual boot with Linux anyways) is familiar and it still have +5 hours of real work up time after 3 years. Tablets have never appealed to me - no keyboard and limited multi-tasking = useless (no I will not buy a battery/keyboard add-on... that just makes it an ad hoc netbook). The release of Windows 8 is the harbinger of doom for netbooks, but it is too bad... I think they make sense. Diatribe aside, I would never buy the Chromebook... online OS, no!
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