So today Google announced their newest Chromebook called the Pixel. It’s not a $250 bare bones Arm device. Not a $500 low end Laptop competitor. Nope, they launched a 12”, 227 ppi, Core i5, aluminium bodied laptop. It’s designed and built in house by Google and it’s beautiful. It’s a device aimed directly at the newest Windows Ultrabooks and Apples Pro line.
I want to play with one so bad! I would love to post detailed pictures of this beast. Unfortunately that is not going to happen. The reason for that is it costs $1300 for the wifi only version and $1500 for the LTE model. There is no way in hell i’m going to pay that much for a device that runs a browser based operating system.
That means no Photoshop, no Steam, no Office, if you want an app for this you better hope it’s on the Chrome web store. So before you buy this pop on a Chrome browser and see if the apps you would want are on there. And then whether the apps are there or not you will realize that with any other computer you have is already a Chromebook. All you need is a chrome browser. This might sound great for your grandma, but she is going to buy the $250 Samsung model. Okay.
I want this so bad! And it makes me so mad that I can’t do anything with it. Google built a true Macbook competitor on the hardware side, and you can’t do anything with it. I would love to recommend this but if you have this kind of money buy a Macbook or an Ultrabook and download the Chrome browser.
This seems to be a running trend with Google though. This device is fast, beautiful, and well engineered. Google even nailed the track pad which Microsoft OEMs can’t seem to figure out. There are so many reasons to want it with one very big reason not too. You can’t do anything with it!
It’s the same thing with the now infamous Nexus Q. Google again built a cool looking, well designed media device that looks great. It was original looking and well engineered and had great features like a built in amp and banana plug connectors.
The Nexus Q had a problem too. It didn’t do anything either. Okay it didn’t do much. It streamed audio and video through the Google Play store. That’s it.
“The Nexus Q had a problem too. It didn’t do anything either.”
The worst part is we are going to have to wait to find out. Google i/o is in June and that’s when we will most likely find out what kind of plans Google has for Chrome OS. Hopefully the Pixel is a teaser for something great. I can’t wait to find out what’s next. Come on Nexus Q 2!