Gruber claims “no one”
Well, um he’s wrong. I’m one.
I’m considering a Chromebook. No no, stop laughing I’m not kidding. I’m seriously considering the new Chromebook. 11.6in screen, 6.5 hours of battery life, no fan and £239 – this appeals to me.
But it only works on Wi-Fi!
Well, no, but even so my MacBook needs Wi-Fi so I’m not sure of the restriction here.
But you can only use Chrome!
True, but increasingly everything I do is in a browser, when I open my MacBook I open Safari and Twitter and TextEdit none of which can’t be replicated in a browser window.
But you have to use Google Drive!
Yep, and that’s where nearly all my documents currently sit.
But you have to use all the Google services to take full advantage!
Indeed and I do – Mail, calendar, contacts, I’ve entrusted them all to the Sauron of tech. No, I do not care.
But it’s a shameless and cheap copy of a MacBook Air!
I’m going to replace my ageing MacBook with a Chromebook. Naturally, I have other machines that I will continue to use and need. I have a Mac Pro and an iPad as well as an iPhone 5, but I *THINK* I can replace the functionality of my MacBook with a Chromebook so I’m going to try. I can’t afford a MacBook Air right now, but I want a lightweight, thin, quiet laptop with decent battery life and that’s precisely what the Chromebook offers. Incidentally Gruber scoffs at the 6.5 hour battery life, but the 11.6in Air offers less so, there’s that.
And, BTW I’m not suggesting this is Claim Chowder aimed at Gruber, I think he’s probably right. The number of people who desire a Chromebook are smaller in number than those who want an iPad or MacBook Air, but that’s no reason to assume it’ll be a failure. This is more an Amuse-bouche chowder.
Back in the day when Apple was doing fine again AM (After iMac) but BP (before iPhone) one point that was often made was that there was no reason Apple _had_ to have a massive market share and that it could survive and be relevant even with a small number of sales. I think the Chromebook can carve out a useful niche.