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Last week we asked if you plan on buying Google Glass Will You One Day Buy a Google Glass? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will You One Day Buy a Google Glass? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are you planning on getting yourself these futuristic glasses at some point? Does it depend on the price? Or do you hate the concept so much you'll never even consider it? Read More one day. Google Glass is a pretty controversial device, with strong voices on each side telling us how useless/useful it is. So how do these opinions reflect on you, our readers?

467 readers voted, and all in all, it does seem like Google Glass has a chance with you. 6% of the voters will buy Google Glass as soon as it’s available, 12% will buy it only if its price drops under $800, 17% will never ever buy it no matter what, 24% don’t plan on it but might change their minds, and 39% of the voters will buy Google Glass if the price drops under $300. A lucky 2% already own Google Glass.

All in all, over 80% of you are not against the Google Glass idea. In our book, that’s pretty impressive!

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One of the strongest arguments again Glass, aside from it being useless, is the issue of privacy. So it was refreshing to see a different opinion on the matter in this week’s best comment by Nathanael Will You One Day Buy a Google Glass? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will You One Day Buy a Google Glass? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are you planning on getting yourself these futuristic glasses at some point? Does it depend on the price? Or do you hate the concept so much you'll never even consider it? Read More . Nathanael doesn’t seem worried about the privacy issue, and shared some practical things he will do with Glass, once he owns it. He wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt!

There is no denying how useful Google Glass is and could be. As technology gets better and better and Google keeps snapping up companies left and right, I can totally see this product becoming mainstream. I cannot see anything wrong with the device. People are so absorbed in privacy these days, and I cannot wrap my head around why that is so. If you are not doing anything wrong, don’t be so afraid of being recorded! People seem to have that problem with Google Glass. Despite that, there are MANY pros to Glass. For example: Say you take a trip to Spain with your spouse. You want to go to a restaurant, but since you do not speak the language, you must find your own way. Don’t grab a map- just say “ok glass, take me to ‘restaurant name’”. Or, if you need an emergency call but you were in a car accident, just ask Glass to do it for you. I plan on getting Glass immediately after it is available, no matter how high the price tag since there is no denying the benefits to it. I can cope with people’s privacy demands as well- if I was recording and they did not want to be recorded, I would turn them off.

The only problem I can see is in education. There is a big probability of cheating with Glass, as you could take pictures of the material and scroll through them in class. As a teacher, I am concerned with that, and I would NOT allow Glass to exist in my classroom. As for others, so be it. They can have their own rules.

To sum it up, as I know this is getting long, I think Glass is a great device, and as tech advances so will Glass and other wearables. I currently own a Pebble smart watch and love it. I can only imagine how much better Google could do it, despite the cons people have found.

Chromebooks — Yes Or No?

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We move on to another questionable Google product — the Chromebook. Ever since these Chrome-based laptops came out, we’ve been hearing a lot about how affordable they are, and how all they can do is run a browser. If you ask around, you’ll hear everything from complete rants to enthusiastic “best thing since sliced bread” speeches.

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We asked you about Chromebooks What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? [We Ask You] What Do You Think Of The Chromebook? [We Ask You] Google recently unveiled the Chromebook Pixel, a high-end machine priced at $1299. That's a lot of money for a Chromebook, a form factor which has previously been marketed as being for those on a budget.... Read More last year, when they were still fresh, but a year is almost a lifetime when it comes to technology. So have you made up your mind yet? Are Chromebooks the future of laptops, or are they doomed to fade away?

Share your Chromebook thoughts with us, what makes them good or bad in your opinion? Why would you choose to buy one?

  1. Normand
    March 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    IT seems to be a usefull device since mostly everything we do is on the net these days but at the same time, you have to think carefully about it's limitation so it is difficult choice. No DVD drive means you have to buy movies directly from google play, even if you own the DVD at home. If you use your laptop as your home computer and you use to let your girlfriend use it, she may have a hard time getting use to it if she's a begginer with computers and mostly know only microsoft products. The keyboard is a bit different too. The learning curve isn't a steep one but some people are better with getting use to a new computer system than others.
    If you don't own a google account and prefer the microsoft line of service, you're missing the point and shouldn't get a chromebook even if it is a good machine (unless you plan on switching to google).
    Overall it is a nice gadget to own for any google fan out there but all depends on how you normally use your laptop.

  2. bbarnes
    March 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I wonder if those who responded "I see no reason to even give it a chance" were swayed by Microsoft's/Pawn Stars anti-Chromebook ad campaign? I own a Chromebook and that ad is far from true.

    In the first place Google Docs and Gmail can work in offline mode so you don't always need an internet connection for a Chromebook to be productive. In the second place there are many things that people use a Windows computer with installed application software on it to do that can be done through a web browser. You just have to update your thinking. For instance if you currently use Quicken, update your thinking and check out Mint.com.
    http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-online-applications-and-services.htm
    In the third place, if you don't like Google Docs then use Microsoft's free Office apps by getting an Outlook.com account and if you still don't like that then check out Mediafire.com's free Zoho office apps.

  3. James V
    February 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Chromebook hardware with a real Linux on it!

  4. Megan Smith
    February 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

    My background: My primary computer for the past 4 years has been a netbook that is dual booted with Windows 7 and currently Ubuntu. I live in the Linux partition, and 95% of my computing is done within Chrome, and until recently, as my computing needs have shifted and I just ordered a 17" laptop, my netbook served my needs very well.

    That said, I would not buy a Chromebook. Especially as a primary computer. Even though it would serve my needs for, like I said, 95% of what I do, I'm concerned about that other 5%. I use Google Docs pretty much exclusively, but this past week, I think I opened up LibreOffice for the first time because I couldn't get GDocs to wrap text around a graphic the way I wanted it to. I never use Windows by choice, but I keep it in its little partition on my hard drive, because over the years as I've experimented with different Linux distros, I've had a few instances where something's gone wrong in the OS installation, GRUB got screwed up, and I couldn't boot Linux. I had Windows there to fall back on so I could research what happened and find a solution, and could use that till I had time again to attempt another install.

    TL/DR: Though ChromeOS could probably do wonderfully for 99% of my basic computing needs, I would want the flexibility to fall back on more powerful offline apps should the need arise.

  5. Aibek E
    February 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I own iPhone, iPad and Macbook. Having a powerful laptop is essential in my case so Chromebook is not really an option. It can potentially replace an iPad but I don't use it that much to be honest. So, not considering to buy one but would probably recommend as an option to someone looking for a cheap laptop primarily for web browsing.

  6. Tinkicker
    February 11, 2014 at 1:42 am

    I own an Acer C710 I bought last September and I love it. It's completely replaced my 17" Acer Aspire laptop for pretty much everything except gaming, and it's about a quarter of the weight on my lap. The concept I like most about chromebooks is that they're constantly evolving. My Acer will be a much, much better computer in six months time than it was when I bought it...with no effort on my part.

  7. Robert O
    February 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I think it would make much more sense for Google to leverage the Android OS as a laptop/PC/Internet appliance. Chrome OS just seems way too limited, being basically hardware-based web browser, while "Android" has proven itself as a very flexible OS for both apps and web browsing on limited hardware. I can't imagine it would cost that much more, and perhaps even less, to produce an "Android Book" as opposed to a "Chromebook."

    Chrome OS means you're largely limited to cloud-based and web-based (Flash/HTML5) solutions for "apps," but the Android marketplace is booming with apps of all kinds, as well as being a suitable platform for web browsing. The phone and tablet platforms that Android has been relegated to have been limiting, but Android should be quite capable of a full "desktop" OS that a "netbook" would require.

    Heck, I think Google has already shot itself in the foot by dividing its' forces between Chrome OS and Android. I think Android would make a killer "netbook" OS on the cheap. And since it would be "Android," developers would/could make money on apps, furthering Google, and threatening Microsoft.

    How about an "Android Book" instead of a "Chromebook?" That makes much more sense to me, and I'd definitely consider one if it was reasonably cheap. Heck, I think for most "non-geek" consumers, it would make a lot of sense.

  8. likefunbutnot
    February 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    ChromeOS is nothing but life support for a modern web browser. Were that absolutely, 100% all someone needed, that's great, but that person would still be better off on a cut down Linux system, a functional version of Android or even Windows RT. They will be able to access the same web-based ecosystem as ChromeOS - probably even all the same Apps, but they would also have more ability to interact with non-mobile devices and hardware, including things like printers, scanners and network disk drives. ChromeOS is proof that a large number of people can get away with nothing more than a web browser, but the limitations of doing EVERYTHING with a single web based tool are fairly apparent to someone who has spent much time using one. I think users are generally better off with a wider ecosystem of available tools than those that rely on just a web browser. If ChromeOS devices at least had the ability to access and run stand-alone Android apps then I would feel a lot better about recommending one.

  9. Vladi
    February 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    The main issue I see with them is their dependency of an active internet connection. If I don't have that, it becomes quite useless. At this moment at least.

    If you analyze what services and products you use, many of us will find it that switching to chrome books means little to no change in their daily activities.

    There are gamers, professionals and others that depend on certain software or a really powerful computer so a Chromebook will never be good for them,

    But to the general public, I thing it will work out great as soon as we switch from the current login method (username and password) which is really not a good system for most people.

  10. Shawn McMahon
    February 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I was in the CR-48 pilot program. I used a free Chromebook for a couple of years, until the battery went kablooie and there was no (easy) way to replace it. The results of this?

    I bought a new Chromebook. It's not my ONLY laptop, because I am a gamer and because my employer's VPN isn't compatible, but I use it constantly and only those two things prevent it from being my only needed laptop.

    If my employer switches to a compatible VPN, I may give up laptop gaming and use the Chromebook for all working from home, reserving my desktop for gaming.

  11. CMD
    February 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Here's a useful article to help people decide http://www.omgchrome.com/three-myths-about-chrome-os-and-chromebooks/

  12. sl0j0n
    February 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hello, all.
    I have an idea; install Android on a chromebook.
    I think that may be the best use for chromebooks.
    KitKat, w/ the trim-type function,
    should keep the ram cleaned,
    so it should maintain its potential for its lifespan.
    W/ all the apps available for Android it be able to do almost anything.
    Considering the price, Android looks like it could make a chromebook *really* attractive.

  13. Guy Déridet
    February 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    For me, the main advantage of Chromebooks is to get rid of Windows ! I had to use it for 25 years and it was never a pleasure. I just bought a Chromebook and sold my brand new Win 8 laptop : it's a real pleasure to use a Chromebook.
    Linux is an another alternative, but only for geeks.
    Chromebooks are for all average user.
    The last one, with Haswell Processor, touchscreen and SSD like my Acer C720P are really impressive.
    The number of Chrome extensions and off line apps increases every day.
    Chromebooks are cheap, less than 200 or 300 $. No licence to buy every two years.
    They don't need antivirus or utilities to boost them.
    Google Office is Ok for 95% of the users.
    Last but not least : if you need to work professionally with a computer, do like most of professionals users : buy a Mac !

  14. Bumferry H
    February 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    The price of most Chromebooks appeals to me. The lightness and portability are amongst the things I look for in a laptop as well. Pretty much everything I do is based around Google and is many products. However there are a couple of things that stop me from rushing out and buying one. Firstly is the lack of onboard memory. I know the argument is cloud computing and storing everything in the cloud, but for those times when I don't have access to the WWW it really does become a plastic tray on my lap. The other is lack of programs that can be used with the OS. My current laptop is a acer and uses Windows 7 and is great for using the many programs I need for making animations, films and drawings. The lack of competent Chrome apps is the second thing that really turns me off.
    If in the next year or so, somebody came up with the great idea of having compatible programs to use with the OS I would probably snap it up, however as my current PC is nearly the end of it's life I may opt for a Mac or similar as there is no way on Earth I would touch a windows 8 machine again.

  15. Bill Fleet
    February 10, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I own one, and I'm fairly pleased with it. It fits a niche: my iPad is not great for answering emails, and my MacBook Pro is too heavy (and precious) to lug around every day. I have the Samsung 3; I added a clear plastic shell to make it feel more sturdy, even with that, it's light, fast (enough) and fairly cheap. The number of apps it supports is growing.

    Google presented a product: a light teminal for cloud-based applications. Basing it in a web application model makes it hardware-agnostic. It's NOT a netbook. Netbooks are the closest thing to it, though, and that's how we initially tried to use it. This will change.

    It's interesting to watch the evolution of this niche. Once Chrome OS was in the marketplace, users and developers came up with an astonishing array of uses that Google probably didn't envision. Business apps and games, sure, but image editors and drawing apps? IDEs? Apps with offline storage? Sky's the limit.

    Once one gets past the basic requirement of a certain amount of net access, the Chrome OS model turns out to be amazingly flexible. Plus a way fast boot, and data safety. I'm impressed.

  16. srdowns
    February 10, 2014 at 3:08 am

    I bought a Samsung Chromebook when they first came out, after reading many glowing reviews. It rests in the bottom drawer of my file cabinet and will do so until I can find some relative to give it to.

    I get the idea of a Chromebook, but I find that it's just too limiting for me. I even loaded a linux distro on it, trying to make it more useful, but the hardware is too limited to do what I would like with it.

    Again, I get the idea of a Chromebook, but for just a little bit more money, I could get something that I could use more productively.

  17. Nick Hill
    February 10, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I see no point of using this. Windows 8 tablets are cheap now, I rather get a full OS laptop.

  18. mikey
    February 10, 2014 at 2:39 am

    This is a step back in computing. People using this device will have zero troubleshooting skill or knowledge of a true operating system. Web apps are not stable and all your personal information is tied to a Google account. I wouldn’t use this in any business environment or personal use.

  19. Matthew S
    February 10, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I like the concept of the Chromebook OS but not the limited offline functionality or the price. Otherwise it looks promising and I hope Google will improve and mature this project. As much as I would like one I can't afford one because I am a college student. My answer of "NO" can become a "YES" if the price goes down and offline functionality improves or if I just start earning the money needed to buy things like this just because I have the extra money.

  20. Dmitriy T
    February 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    To buy Chromebook for myself? No way.

    Chromebook imo is "content consumer" device - even more that than tablets. So it's consumer base is overlapping with tablet users, bein' narrower subset of those who need larger screen and built-in keyboard. But compared to tablets ( not to mention proper notebooks) CBs are much more restricted in their capabilities software-wise (let's not discuss Linux here as nothing prevents CB makers from killing that possibility in next iteration).
    Don't get me wrong - CB let you browse, IM, even watch video and "pr0n' so lot of people will find it's adequate. Just not me.

    As specific capabilities go...

    Cloud.
    Not much there superior to tablets (and much inferior to notebooks). Anyway, most of my on-the-go cloud activity is and will be via (currently Android ) phone which is perfectly adequate for the task.

    Multimedia.
    Streaming services aside, i'm yet to see capability to customize experience here same way as i can on Android or Windows( never used bundled software on 'em) .

    Gaming.
    Dead in the water compared to full-fledging OSes if Chrome store is any indication. Not to mention that there's nothing good for person who's in single-player TBSes like HoMMs and MoO2.

    Content creation.
    Most sad part - looks like if it is not text / spreadsheets/slight image editing , then you're out of luck. With my work bein' CAD/CAM and my hobbies including CADing for homeprojects and some video editing - CB is simply useless.

    But saying that, i won't swear that i won't buy CB as a BD gift to my tech-unsavvy father whose ability to catch malware is constant headache.

  21. Ed
    February 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Chrome devices can be a replacement for the traditional OS for many people that just use their current laptop/PC for time-killing uses such as email, web browsing, watching Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and anything else you can do in the browser - which is quite a lot these days.

    Need to get some work done that doesn't require anything as specialized as AutoCAD, Photoshop, or Java development? Consider getting emails written from the web-based email service of your choice. These same web-based email services usually all provide some form of calendar and contacts management as well (Yahoo, MS Outlook.com, Zoho, and, of course, Gmail are just a few choices).

    Want local file storage on your Chrome device? Get an SD card, or plug in an external USB thumb drive or traditional hard drive. Want cloud storage? Try Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive/OneDrive, or tons of other services.

    Want to play music, watch videos, look at pictures? Do it all locally right from your Chrome device. Want to do it from the cloud? See above.

    Still want to do specialized stuff such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, or Java development? You probably wouldn't buy an Android tablet or iPad for those things either, so don't buy a Chrome device.

    Can you use an Android tablet or an iPad as a traditional laptop/PC replacement? Maybe. It's a big maybe, and I wouldn't recommend it. So keep your laptop or PC.

    Can you use a Chrome device as a traditional laptop/PC replacement? Maybe. It's a much smaller maybe than using an Android tablet or iPad, but a maybe nonetheless. A better answer would be a yes for many, but a no for just as many others.

    So if you still need to do those things that can only be done on a full Windows or OS X laptop/PC, no one is telling you to give those up. Just like no one told you to give those up when you bought a tablet, smartphone, or iPad.

    What do I want? I want a device in between my smartphone and my laptop. Did the Android tablet thing and came back feeling underwhelmed (and I'm an Android guy). I want a 10" Chromebook with absolutely no moving parts (fanless). I want it to be as thin as a macbook air (or thinner). Lastly, I want to be able to install hardware accelerated Linux on it. I want it for well under $250; perhaps $200.

    I don't think any Chromebook 13" or less should be more than $250 when you can get a Win8 touch-based laptop for under $300. The same for a Chromebox; must be under $250.

    Still crying because you can't do AutoCAD, Photoshop, or Java development on a Chrome device? Don't buy one. Oh, and get rid of your tablet and iPad too, because they can't either - at least not at the same level as a Windows or Mac can.

  22. JoeCarbs
    February 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Long as its Google, I will never use it. I rather put a little more money and get something I can use without being tracked all the time.

  23. Matt S
    February 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Chromebooks are a niche, but an important one. They do what netbooks said they would, but failed; provide a simple, mobile portal to the web. Tablets can do this also, but their lack of keyboard is an issue for some people. I think Chromebooks are going to become big this year.

  24. matom
    February 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    One its a useless browser. Two its one more way Google can steal your personal information. You have to be stupid to buy one or even trust anything made by Google for personal use. I would rather get a Windows RT tablet with a dock. You can do way more on a RT device.

  25. Don Gateley
    February 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    None of the above. While I'm certainly likely to buy one in the not too distant future I won't say it will be my next laptop. Poorly worded poll for getting the desired information.

    • Yaara L
      February 16, 2014 at 7:25 am

      I think it would be fair to say you haven't decided yet, in that case. I know you guys expect these polls to reflect every possible answer on earth, but it's just not practical, and makes the polls more annoying to vote on. Think of it as a multiple choice question in an exam -- choose the answer that's the most right. :)

  26. Charles R
    February 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Chromebooks fill a specific niche. People who don't understand them tend to be the ones who don't have any possible need for them; for them, their large powerful desktops/laptops will suffice. That's fine. But don't lambast a growing market share created by Google.

    Chromebooks are extremely useful for a specific consumer; which more recently is more and more of computer users. I have an older Samsung laptop, and an Acer c720. The only thing I use my Samsung for is video/sound editing, Microsoft Office (college student speaking to the large need of school's still requiring M.O.), and watching movies on the larger screen. The other main use is using the browser, which the Acer can supplement very well.

    I chose to buy the Acer, not a tablet (I've owned a couple of those too) with a separate keyboard, because the battery life is just as good, the screen is larger, and it has a real keyboard and it's not two things I have to carry around.

    Overall, as more and more people find web applications to do the work they would normally do on desktops/traditional laptops, chromebooks will appear more and more appealing. Desktops/laptops won't go away completely, but I predict they will plateau in the lower double-digit market share.

  27. Bob Myers
    February 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Under the guise of evolving, for the true purpose of gaining a bigger share of the market, we have how many version of operating systems for desk/lap tops, how many for tablets and integrated controllers... Even within Android, different chip sets will are incompatible with various versions of Android. I can't get a copy of the Instruction Manual for my Nextbook NEXT7 Par-8G because it's out of production. I purchased it as a learning tool for Android. I don't believe it's the lesson Android wants me to learn. It brings out the growth of incompatibility of the current crop of operating systems with each other and within various updates of an operating system.

  28. Ryashini K
    February 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I haven't decided yet. I am going to college soon and of course am looking a nice laptop. Chromebooks seem like a nice, simple machine for everyday tasks (mostly Gmail and Youtube) however I am still worried that just some day I might need that teensy little feature that only Windows has. Moreover as someone living in Malaysia, we don't have any crazy options for different models like people from the US got. We only have this model http://www.yes.my/v3/personal/devices/samsung-4g-chromebook.do and I'm not sure that I like it.

  29. Shannon Doak
    February 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Chromebook is the future of personal computing. It is perfect for students, grandma, grandpa, mom and dad at home for the things they do at home on the computer. Everyday the web store has more apps making the Chromebook even more useful. Many apps also have offline capacity. The Scroogled ads are proof that they are a threat to the PC market. It is only a matter of time before they become the laptop of choice for normal people.

    • Sowmith M
      February 10, 2014 at 5:51 am

      But chromebook should improve its OS to handle Higher applications

  30. John Arleth
    February 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I think the lightest, most agile computer will win. Of course, price will be a factor. It will not be a Mac Air, under current management. Jobs could sell ice cubes on the North Pole but it feels like he did not leave the culture as well as would have hoped. Can MS or Dell do it? Yes, and I would prefer it. I have a Dell very light laptop that is about 10"x 9/16"x 9" , with Win 7, a ton of programs, flash memory, great speed, pretty reliable and won't be replaced until it dies. It is 7 years old. I also have an E6510. It is a brick, the keyboard impossible, about 16" X 1.25" X 12", weighs as much as a car, too big for an elephant lap, flash drive, loads of memory, loaded with software and it sits on a desk. Use it in bed, on a couch, chair? Not a chance. I spent about as much as a good used car. Having computers since the late 70s and using them every day, I still want light, agile, reliable machines. Google can get there, if they concentrate. Buying a new company everyday, leaving known problems in their software, not supporting what they sell, useless help will spoil success, just like MS. 8 is not better than 7. Just my 2 cents worth. Don't get me wrong, I am rooting for Dell and especially Google but there is a lot of room for a good competitor. Oh, it is not HP. Sony could do it. I have several old Sonys that were fabulous until I was woried they would start a fire in my lap.

  31. Rick
    February 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I'm already wanting one badly, though I can't say I need it. But if I can integrate my needs a bit more to the cloud, find workarounds for a few things I really need Windows for (like interfacing with my gps), and Chrome OS adds a few more functionalities (like being able to actually upload music to Google Music), AND I feel I can safely set it up to dual boot into Linux for the few things I may never be able to do on it, then it will probably be my next machine when the time comes to replace my current one... though I am actually more interested in the Chromebox for a desktop environment.

  32. steve
    February 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    90 something percent of people only use their laptop for the browser, so a Chromebook should be in most homes.

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