The New ChromeBook and "Embracing the Cloud"

As has recently entered the news, Google is releasing a new more powerful version of their Chromebook complete with touch screen and "the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today" (as Google stated). However, one huge drawback is that it doesn't actually really run much of an OS. Most of the storage is in the cloud and the only program that the laptop really runs is Google Chrome. The whopping price tag of $1,299 for a WiFi powered laptop or $1,449 for the LTE cellular network version, it comes to question why would anyone buy this "Chromebook Pixel."
The whole idea which Google is pushing is to separate society from local storage and "embrace the cloud". This is an interesting idea in theory, and one that will become prevalent with mobile devices such as Tablets and Smartphones. However, I believe Google is poorly choosing to produce such an expense piece of equipment which doesn't have any local storage. As a programmer, I would not buy this because I like to have all my code with me at all times whether I can reach the internet or not (especially because my slow connection at home definitely would make a Chromebook obsolete for me on occasion). Additionally, the cloud storage for the Chromebook comes with 2-3 years free. That means after 2-3 years, you actually have to pay for what would normally be persistent local storage.
Why would I buy a $1300 dollar internet browser? I can get all that and so much more for much less.
With that being said though, I certainly believe the original idea of the Chromebook (an INEXPENSIVE laptop for the cloud) is something worth pursuing. It is a forward thinking way toward making computing affordable and networking available to nearly anyone (in the "First World" at least).

Written on February 25, 2013