- 10-25-2012, 09:36 AM #1
I thought I was sure of buying a surface rt but now I have got my eyes up for the chromebook. Feels like they're very alike when it comes to app and OS quality. I'm looking for using it to a complement between my computer and my phone. Going to use it for school alot, taking notes during lessons etc.
I know I'm on a Windows forum but;
what would you choose a surface rt 32GB with keyboard or a chromebook?
10-25-2012, 09:53 AM #4
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Ive used ChromeOS, and a couple of other "cloud" os'. They are great for about 10 minutes, or until you realise that everything you wanted to do, that was usually easy, suddenly has become impossible. They are just too limited, and the features they do have are sluggish and just not as feature complete as what im used to. ****, the ipad is just useless for me. Surface RT is getting there, but is still a touch off where I want to be, hence im waiting for the surface pro or another windows 8 pro tablet.
10-25-2012, 11:24 AM #11
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Chrome OS is the future... But in that future it will have to compete against Windows RT. One of the central advantages of Chromebook is its price, $249.99 is pretty attractive. Sure, it's more or less a consumption device in the formfactor of a conventional laptop, but it is sufficient for casual usage. I can see the concept fly in the education sector.
However, Chrome OS is not the only option to support this concept. Windows RT can compete provided the hardware is competitively priced. I think a lot of the hardware cost associated with Windows RT has to do with touchscreens and presumably premium parts and design. It's possible to go budget-friendly with Windows RT devices, you just need to cut out the touchscreen, hybrid formfactor, etc.
Yes, reaching the $<300 price point requires a few sacrifices, and it will take away from having the chance to experience RT in its optimal form (with touch). However, the new UI is still enjoyable and fully functional without touch, you're not losing anything compared to Windows 7.
I find the Chromebook interesting, and I was pretty close to buying one for my mom (only to be stopped by the unavailability of it in Canada). However, I'd be much more compelled to buy a $300 Windows RT laptop without touchscreen - simply for the added capacity to work/play offline, Office RT, etc.
Last edited by bilzkh; 10-25-2012 at 12:31 PM.
- 10-25-2012, 09:18 PM #13
- 10-26-2012, 03:03 PM #14
I have used Chrome OS in the past. Its idea is that everything you need is online. A lot of the apps are more or less links to online things. I am guessing Google to paying Samsung some good money to even make a Chromebook because the OS is a glorified browser.