Originally Posted by Matteob
yes but what about the times I am not connected to the net?I can use Word offline which is a huge benefit. I also use lots of great third party programmes that I value such as Calibre, Winrar, MIRC etc which i can get onto Windows or OS but not onto the Chromebook. Only google sanctioned stuff is allowed.
Maybe walled garden is not the right description but it is certainly a tethered device and that is what turns me off.
You can use a chromebook offline.
It is a complete falsehood that only Google-sanctioned stuff is allowed.
There are web app equivalents for WinRAR and MIRC.
Clearly if there are specific Windows or OSX programs that you need then a chromebook isn't for you (in the same way that there are specific Mac programs that might stop you buying a Windows machine).
You're right that there will be applications like Calibre that don't have web-based equivalents (although if you have your Calibre library running on a desktop at home you could certainly access it from a Chromebook), but HTML5 is still really in its infancy.
Like you, a chromebook probably isn't for me as a primary machine at the moment - I have specific music, writing, mapping and gaming applications that don't yet have web-based analogues, but as a second machine? It's worth considering.