Last year before the release of the 1st generation Chromebook I wrote a guest post for Chrome Story, Why You Should Not Buy A Chromebook – 9 Reasons. In that post I outlined the disadvantages of Chromebook from a user’s point of view. Today, I found a review of the latest Samsung Chromebook by liliputing, with a section named “What Chrome OS can’t do”. Here are the major points I got from this post:
- No internet, 2000 percent less useful
- Limited local storage
- Cannot run apps that have no web version (Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Stata, Final Cut Pro, Diablo III, Portal 2…)
- Not all hardware supported (e.g. printers)
- Only DisplayPort output, no VGA, HDMI, or DVI port
I cannot agree with everything said above. Points 2 and 5 should be hardware limitations only. And the “2000 percent less useful” claim seems to be exaggerated. Nowadays if you have a smartphone without internet connection, you could probably enjoy around 40% to 50% of the power of the phone. The figure may be even lower for Chrome OS, but with more and more offline support built into web apps (mainly Google Apps), I think Chrome OS is a nice computer with basic function when offline.
Point 3 is also irrelevant because Chrome OS is not designed for playing Diablo III, right? Making such a statement is like complaining the lack of World of Warcraft on iPhone. Remember Chrome OS is made for casual daily use or lightweight office use (in my opinion), we certainly shouldn’t expect to do everything on a Chrome OS device.
I do agree with liliputing’s final verdict about Chrome OS, “you can do many of those things better with a Chromebook if the web browser is your most important app“. This simplicity of Chrome OS, the peace of mind thanks to auto-update and virus proof design and the responsiveness make Chrome OS an outstanding cloud OS. No matter Chromebook or Chromebox, I believe Chrome OS device could make surfing the internet much more easier and funnier. It is not an almighty machine but a handy and helpful tool for all internet animals.
Original review by liliputing