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Consumers Flock to Purchase New $249 Google Chromebook

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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