Originally Posted by jragosta
For starters, that's not what I said. I said that the monthly payment would be the same - and a desktop system would have a LOT longer useful life than one of those Google chapbooks.
Which is why the monthly cost includes hardware upgrades. So "Useful life" is meaningless.
But, have it your way. With about 30 seconds of effort, I found:http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-s5753w-b/16472514
OK, It's an Athlon dual core rather than a C2D and 3 GB rather than 4, but it will perform very much the same. A little more effort would probably find one for about the same price, anyway.
If you've used a walmart bargain computer, you'd know that it wouldn't perform "Very much the same." ChromeOS is built from the ground up to operate on leaner hardware. Windows wasn't.
The fact that you have no business experience and therefore don't have any concept of how quickly a few wasted hours of "how do I do this" easily wipes out a few pennies a month in savings is YOUR problem, not mine.
Most companies are using 11 year old tech. They NEED to upgrade to stay relevant. So it's not a question of IF they have to relearn new tech, it's a question of WHAT tech they'll be learning.
Oh, and that doesn't even get into the MASSIVE security issues of letting Google run your business for you. I can see it now - all your confidential information goes to the highest bidder.
So you're now confused with the difference between hardware and software? I'm not surprised.
So the fact that Google has experience with software now makes them experts in hardware? Are you REALLY that stupid?
Google's not making the hardware, PC companies are. It helps if you read the press briefing before hating it.
Only the stupid ones. The iPad was a completely different story. The iPad was a new paradigm which had massive advantages for the subset of people who wanted the ultimate in mobility for a media consumption device.
A potential that was not realized until AFTER it was already in the hands of consumers. It wasn't "only the stupid ones" who doubted the ipad when it first launched. Quite a few people did, including people who are now strong advocates of the platform.
The Google crapbook has no advantages at all for the office environment:
- Portability is not an advantage for the office environment, it's a disadvantage because of theft
- It doesn't save any money compared to leasing real PCs
- It requires users to learn a new way of working and throw away their existing tools
- It gives Google access to all your corporate secrets
-Chromebooks are more secure than traditional laptops because the information is not stored locally. So if a device is stolen, the device cost is lost, not the information. And portability is huge for a lot of businesses and schools. Samsung is also making a desktop client if portability isn't required. (again, reading helps)
-You have hard numbers for this? I doubt it.
-Yes, it's more convenient to rely on 11 year old technology, it's just not practical to do so. Google, Apple, Microsoft, and every other major Software company is moving towards cloud based technology at the very least, if not a totally new way of approaching workflow. The advent of Email also required a serious relearning of workflow, but would we be better off if everyone used snail mail?
-Either put the tinfoil hat away, or stop asking for people to take you seriously.
There's absolutely no advantage to switching from a $25 / month PC to a $25 / month crapbook for the office environment. So far, no one has given any rational basis for that switch.
Because you don't understand the advantages. That's ok though. People hated cars too.
One MIGHT be able to make such an argument if you're comparing mobile workers, but netbooks are already in that space - so what's the advantage of the crapbook over a netbook? Heck, if you want such limited functionality with a keyboard, you can buy a lot of netbooks for under $400 - and they are fully functional computers not Google Data Entry Terminals.
If you call a $400 netbook fully functional you've never used one. Period. They suck for just about everything but portability, and even there only provide marginal benefits over a laptop. It's one of the reasons the ipad saw such rapid adoption. It was priced similar to a netbook, but it didn't suck.
Both listed Chromebooks offer full size keyboards, which net books don't. Their OS was also designed with the hardware in mind, Netbook software was not, so the performance on Chrome OS will be a heck of a lot better than a $400 netbook.