Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
Can you create and edit a simple movie on a ChromeBook? We do this daily.
The average person doesn’t do this, but there is no reason it can’t be done. Can’t you upload and edit with YouTube already?
What about games or other specialty apps?
Yes and yes. They already announced Angry Birds. They have an app store and you can buy apps for it.
They say you can run apps while off line. What apps?
Any app that is localized, which would include native apps for playing audio, video and Google Docs.
This shouldn’t be an issue for you and tells me you’re not looking at this clearly. There are plenty of App Store apps that simply don’t work when your iDevice doesn’t have an internet connection. Flicker, Words with Friends, and Maps are the first three that come to mind.
To me, the whole issue is going to be about:
1) the apps available for the device
2) whether these apps can satisfy the bulk of a person's computer needs
3) the cost
At $1,008 ($28 per month for 36 months) I can buy a pretty nice iPad, BT KB, and lots of apps
1) Just like anything else it needs to have apps, but it already has the ones for education and business: docs and web browser. Just like Android Marketplace and Apple’s App Store before it it will take time to build. If it doesn’t it could sink the product but I wouldn’t count out web code based apps just yet when there has been so many impressive feats on the internet proper and on WebOS.
2) Why does it have to be “the bulk”? My iPhone apps don’t satisfy “the bulk” of my computer app needs yet they are indispensable nonetheless. I could live without Words with Friends, but I don’t want to. BTW, Wowrds with Friends could be easily added to the Chrome OS app store.
3) The cost has already been shown to be considerably less than a desktop or laptop for the intended utility and market.
That is pretty dumb math. I don’t see you using the same iPad for 3 straight years, but you’re also talking about a $1000+ upfront costs which simply don’t exist since you are paying a per month fee. Are you seriously trying to argue that an iPad is a replacement for an iPad and that an iPad sitting in a keyboard dock could at a 100 tables in a library or 50 terminals at a schools’ admin building or at 1000 desks at a company that accesses all data via the browser on their LAN?