Google Chromebook is believed to be the new era of computing, but considering the fact that it also has some disadvantages, there rises a question. We already wrote what Microsoft Kin Smartphones and Apple iPad lacked.
1. Good Internet Connection
Since majority of the works you do are based online, you will probably need a good internet connection.
Consider these situations: Both 3G and Wi-Fi have their own limitations. Mobile broadband connections won’t work or connect in many locations. Home Wi-Fi routers may stop to work anytime. Yes, these are also possible on regular PCs and netbooks, but Chromebook users will affect a lot.
Though you can also get offline access to most of the files, a decent internet connection adds more value to it. So I believe connectivity can be another disadvantage.
2. Data Plans
You will get around 100 MB of free data transfer each month for two years, after that you are better off paying for 3 GB of data transfer for each month.
Using Chrome OS, you won’t be able to run your Windows Application directly. Moreover you won’t be able to install many software.
Well, this is something, for which you have to keep trust — both on Google and Cloud. The recent cloud attacks and Blogger downtime are bit worrying though. It is not a good idea to rely primarily on the cloud.
5. Information About You
Your Chrome OS account will be liked to a Google account, so it is possible for them to gather more information about you, which you may not like. Google owns your hard drive.
6. Default Browser – ONLY!
Suppose if your website or your own web application doesn’t work well with Chrome then you are stuck!
You won’t be able to use another browser (unless you use Virtual Machine kinda thing) except the ultimate Google Chrome, Google shows more love for Chrome than Microsoft showed for IE. 😀
7. Not everyone goes ONLINE
If you are an average net user, who has no experience of doing things in online, then this Chrome concept may sound different or even weird.
8. Limited Software
The selection of Chromebook software is limited. Though Google is trying their best to provide free and low cost apps, it is not admirable.
Google can provide Google Docs for Microsoft Word, but they won’t be able to provide alternative to the massive Adobe Photoshop.
Forget about it if you are a hardcore gamer.
10. Printing your documents
Well, unless you own a printer that allows you to print directly from cloud, you have to set up Google’s Cloud Printer on both your Chromebook and a PC. Hard time!
11. Apple fan? Forget about ti!
ZDNet blogger pointed out that most of the Apple products are not compatible with Chromebook. Millions of existing users will suffocate.
12. Bit costly – comparatively
A good quality Chromebook is available for 400$ and believe me you can get a powerful netbook worth that price! They should have reduced the price to at least 150$.
You will surely get some better hardware than what Samsung and Acer are offering.
13. You can make your own Chromebook!
Well, you can indeed make your own Chromebook on the cheap by simply installing Chromium OS on any netbook you own already
It will take only minutes to wipe the previous OS and install Chromium.
I know all the gadgets and software have both good sides and bad sides, but when you are spending your bucks you should consider the bad sides as well.
Do you think Consumers are ready for Cloud? Will people prefer iPad 2 over Chromebook? Do share your opinions below as comments.