“Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.”
That statement above was the simplest description of that electronic product according to Google. Chromebooks are especially designed laptops for browsing the Internet. Remember, “browsing the Internet”. Is it for Filipinos? Or will it really work well here in the Philippines?
By the way, Google Chromebooks are designed to access your personal data and is fully integrated with the Cloud. It means, anytime you need it or anywhere you are, as long as you have your Internet connection, you can access them. But there are some reviews that Cloud computing is not yet for Filipinos, how and why?
First reasons was “the cloud doesn’t have 100% uptime guarantee”. Yes, even if it was Google, they are not perfect. We’ll be sure that error will arrive from time to time. [Just like the Gmail and Blogger.com’s case (both products from Google), from time to time, we are experiencing outages.] Most people trust physical hardware, they said.
Second reason, “In the Philippines, most Internet connection is unreliable or very slow”. There are even people here connecting to the Internet using dial-up connection. So, how are you going to access your files frequently if connections were so slow or even dead?
Third reason, “Cloud is expensive and Filipinos are (I think) not yet ready to pay too much for that”. For an additional storage size, you need to pay P1,200.00 per month. Yes, that would add to your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
By the way, how much is this Chromebook? Actually, there are two model that have been released – Samsung and Acer Chromebook. Here are their specifications and prices (in U.S. dollars):
So, what is your decision about this? Are you going for this one, or you’ll still choose our regular laptop?