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Many people have argued that the Chromebook may probably neither be a tablet competitor nor its alternative. Look at this way, why have a Chromebook when you can get an iPad at a much cheaper price?

Nonetheless, the Chromebook's semblance to a PC might probably be its selling point.
 

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They are different things. The marketplace for computers is getting a bit like cars - we all love a car analogy!

A 5-door car can do most things most people need with reasonable ease. This is a bit like a desktop computer - powerful and multi-purpose but occasionally dull and complex to maintain (oil changes, windows updates, etc).

Trucks are mainly used by companies or large organisations to do specific jobs - a bit like servers.

Scooters are slow and underpowered compared to a car, but they easy to take anywhere even in crowded areas, which gives them flexibility that cars don't have. Like a smartphone (Apple or Android).

A really nice, fast, efficient, clean public transport system will get you where you want to go, but not always via your preferred route. This is my tablet analogy - more more limited in scope than a PC, but able to do some things really well with a smooth, simple experience. You also wouldn't want to spend all day on public transport, or rely on it too heavily for work, right?

The new all-electric cars (Tesla Roadster?) are compromised in some areas like range, but stay within their limitations and you get a clean, fast experience. They are mechanically much simpler than a regular car too. These are a bit like Chromebooks - they have limitations because they rely on an internet connection - losing that is much like running out of battery power. However outside of that one limitation they are simple and fast to use.

Summary: Chromebooks are good for web based work, tablets are good for movies and reading, both are less flexible but more portable than an equivalent laptop.
 

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They are different things. The marketplace for computers is getting a bit like cars - we all love a car analogy!

A 5-door car can do most things most people need with reasonable ease. This is a bit like a desktop computer - powerful and multi-purpose but occasionally dull and complex to maintain (oil changes, windows updates, etc).

Trucks are mainly used by companies or large organisations to do specific jobs - a bit like servers.

Scooters are slow and underpowered compared to a car, but they easy to take anywhere even in crowded areas, which gives them flexibility that cars don't have. Like a smartphone (Apple or Android).

A really nice, fast, efficient, clean public transport system will get you where you want to go, but not always via your preferred route. This is my tablet analogy - more more limited in scope than a PC, but able to do some things really well with a smooth, simple experience. You also wouldn't want to spend all day on public transport, or rely on it too heavily for work, right?

The new all-electric cars (Tesla Roadster?) are compromised in some areas like range, but stay within their limitations and you get a clean, fast experience. They are mechanically much simpler than a regular car too. These are a bit like Chromebooks - they have limitations because they rely on an internet connection - losing that is much like running out of battery power. However outside of that one limitation they are simple and fast to use.

Summary: Chromebooks are good for web based work, tablets are good for movies and reading, both are less flexible but more portable than an equivalent laptop.

cant agree more, the chromebook is one of the best i would say web biased items if needed the the ipad or the android phone would be the multimedia powerhouse while the chrome book sits as workhorse kind of
 

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I have never been in to the iPad. Everyone I know who got one had complaints about them. Still, they are hugely popular. I guess the iPad never met my needs. Nothing did really. So the Google Chromebook is wonderful, finally a computer that fits me.
 

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Disruptive product

There have been products in the IT space that are so different and better that they are viewed as disruptive. I am not sure the iPad falls into this category and I don't see the ChromeBook as disruptive either (yet). Neither will completely replace the current laptop or desktop for that matter. Both offer advantages and in time be clear alternatives for current MS offerings. We are in the starting blocks for cloud computing and its effects on how we view and store our information. The ChromeBook will play a big part in they coming change but I feel it is a couple of hundred dollars away from being a big impact player at this time.
 

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Only thing Chromebooks and iPads have in common is the price point and that they are built to be portable. Otherwise they're aimed at completely different purposes. If you need to write or do docs on the go, Chromebook is for you. I don't care what anyone says. An iPad is not a writing or doc creation tool. Try updating a blog on one. The safari browser is not there yet. However, the iPad is awesome for games and e-magazines. It's perfect.

Chromebooks are aimed at portable productivity. iPad is a media machine.
 

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I love the car analogy so much. That was real creative of you. For starters, I think the Chromebook is a device we have so much anticipated to have but the true taste of it will be experienced after the official launch
 
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