Of the many reviews and commentaries on the pluses and minuses of Chromebooks, this one is the most comprehensive thus far; but I am no expert.
2. A quick note on an area not reference: a comparison of Chromebooks to MacBooks, ChromeOS to iOS, and so on -- not just talk about Chromebooks and PCs and parallel matters. Specifically, I bought a MacBook a few years ago because of its having an application called Parallels. 3. This software allows multiple OSs to be loaded: I have Windows OSs, Linux's, Chrome OS. (In Parallels, Windows and Apple's Apps can talk in the same partition. Cool-est!) The other obvious Advantage over the Cbook is that I can access so many OSs, along with the browsers thereon! I am not restricted to Chromebook's OS, but do have the Chrome OS, which I use very often. 4. However, occasionally, some feature in an Apple OS, especially handling graphics or printing, is superior.
As some forum commentator already mentioned, I would abhor being restricted to just the Chrome browser and Chrome Apps, though some are quite useful. In line with this point, 5. Google, if it were more strongly a champion of open source would allow the downloading of other browsers (Firefox: hurrah! Windows! Dolphin? Et cetera.) via Chrome onto a Chrome book.
And to drift to a related point: the 6. Acer Chromebook may be superior to the Samsung, since it has such a large hard drive (300 gbs), for could it not allow for partitioning into other OSs, even including the bad one: Windows 8?
Here I ask: Google has a right to protect its business interests and should grow and grow in healthy ways, but 9. it should show the world that it is not becoming the next "Microsoft Monster" -- working against open source, blocking competition, or even giving the appearance thereof, etc.10, But surely, in providing the Android OSs almost annually, Google has shown itself to be much more friendly to the open source idea than Mircrosoft or even Apple.
Moreover, on the question of the packaged software versions allowing for offline use: please elaborate. 11. Are these other than or more than compressed run-time partial versions of the full-fledged software that runs on the Website? 12. How does the whole idea of the Cloud not become one in which the pre-cloud world just becomes one that is "stood on its head"? The servers or main software were at the company's or on the home-owner's hard drives, and the backups were saved on other pieces of hardware. In the Cloud world, the main storage is on Google's or other companies's servers, and the business or home computers have the backups. [Can the Chrome Apps or Extensions be copied or downloaded in any sense?]
Cbooks have some obvious benefits that may make them the dominant genre of computers in 5-10 yrs. 13. The Cbook saves the user from virus problems (All?), and many maintenance problems (All? There go many systems jobs.) And they do lessen user frustrations with these damn PCs and even Macs -- where files disappear, and "I could have scribbled that note on paper before the damn thing booted -- even if in 5 seconds." And 14. the Super-Geeks out there (not any on this site?) should be happy that non-computer people are ruling in the computer world, just as in the US the citizens and voters, not the politicians and least of all the generals, should rule and start wars, etc. On the other hand, the 15. Luddites among the citizens should recognize that the geeks of the world have made possible most of the job growth in so many industries since the 1950s, via icon-based interfaces on computers and cell phones, etc. 16. Surely, most of the advantages that the author cites as available only in developer mode should be made available in non-developer mode -- that is, the fruits of these ads should be present to end-users. Fini. Sorry for sometimes editorializing.
Parallels, Apple, Mac:
Packaged, Offline, Airport, Internet Out,
Google --> New "Microsoft Monster"
Super-Geeks want no icons
Luddites want no mechanics, systems engineers