Many of you would have heard of Chromebooks, a primary rival of the cheap £200-300 windows netbooks. They are designed to be used for internet computing and therefore meant to be online most of the time (they have limited offline capabilities), they are simple and they are cheap.
Well, not so cheap if you opt for the Pixel which comes in at a rather hefty £1049, in Wi-Fi only (in the UK). Furthermore, the 4G or LTE version which is not yet out in the UK will cost around £1150-£1200. So, it’s expensive, but then again it’s a product aimed at those with money and specifically, those with a Mac Book Air or any other Ultrabook.
The quality is definitely there though, and you’d hope it would for such a price. The device itself is made from solid aluminium (much like many Apple products), the screen beats Apple’s retina display and there is, there’s an i5 processor and overall superb great attention to detail. The battery life could be better, but it is blisteringly quick.
Into The Unknown!
All this investment is a bold manoeuvre for something so new, primarily because it’s not a conventional laptop… it has little in the way of on-board storage and is relatively ineffective when used offline as you need to be online to use most of Chrome’s applications. You cannot watch films or get anything from Google Play store if you haven’t got an internet connection – not great if you’re on a plane, although you can get twelve free inflight internet sessions if you do fly a lot!
A Glimpse Into The Future
But that’s not the point – this is no ordinary laptop. It’s a statement, more appropriately, a proposal. It proposes that we use the cloud constantly, that we use cloud applications, that we immerse ourselves into a seamless transfer of data and usability. It is a major leap from the onsite to the cloud. With many businesses adopting cloud hosting solutions, we are now seeing the personal space being transferred to the cloud too.
Google, Dropbox, Amazon and others paved the way for mass cloud usage in terms of data storage and applications – Now though, Google has taken that a step further by attempting to make the cloud not just an accessory, but a credible alternative to mainstream hardware. Whilst the Pixel may be expensive and out of most people’s reach now, it has shown a glimpse of the future of personal computing.
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