Forget different strokes for different folks. Forget about what you really want your computer to do. Just get a Chromebook and use it for browsing, email, simple documents and spreadsheets, because that’s the advice from a professional whose job it is to create controversy where none exists.
Simple. Is. Better?
First things first. A Chromebook is a nifty machine so long as your needs are equally minimal. Browse. Email. Simple documents. Simple spreadsheets. Chromebook are ultra inexpensive and more secure than Windows notebooks. Google hides the complexity of Linux well enough, and Chromebooks can be had for a few hundred dollars.
If small is beautiful and simple is better, then why bother buying a Mac at all? Frankly, I can think of many reasons, not the least of which is to avoid the Google ecosystem and products which exist to extract personal information from your habits and to follow you incessantly online, but cheap and easy has a place in life.
A Chromebook is not a good choice if you have a new for graphic design tools, or need some semblance of compatibility with the Microsoft Office users of the world, or want to do anything that requires a modicum of power now and again.
Better. Is. Better.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes seems to be advocating a Chromebook– not as a replacement for Macs, but as a replacement for the simple tasks that a Mac can also perform. Browsing. Email. Documents. Spreadsheets. If that’s all you do, then Google’s Chromebook and Google’s apps are all you need. And you’ll save a butt-load of money.
Here’s the problem. Most of us do more than just the simple basics. That’s why you read Mac360. to find out what else is out there that can help you be a better, more proficient Mac user.
Chromebooks have their place in society.
They’re secure, easy to backup, easy to setup from scratch (using that all important Google account) and almost dirt cheap. In some ways you get what you pay for unless what you’re after is absolute serenity now and you’re on a tight budget.
And then you come back to a Windows or OS X system, and it hits you just how noisy, distracting, stressful, and downright taxing these systems are. Owning a Chromebook is a bit like owning an iPad or Android tablet — the system itself feels invisible, allowing you to focus on the things you want to do.
I won’t speak for the Windows crowd, but I’ve been there and I’ve felt their pain. Just exactly how a Mac is noisy, distracting, stressful, and downright taxing I’m not sure. Kingsley-Hughes doesn’t really say, but he skirted the issue by pointing out that future versions of Chromebooks will run Android apps. Now, Android apps look crummy on Android smartphones and more crummy on Android tablets, so I can only imagine how they will appear on a Chromebook, but more than anything else, such apps will further divide the Chromebook community from the Mac community.
Let’s think of using a Chromebook as basic transportation, a Chinese Geely, if you will, while a Mac is more of a high end, premium brand, say, Toyota and Lexus, or Honda and Acura. Sure, they both get you from point A to point B, but their is a world of difference between the two.
There are times when you buy a product because it does more than what you need.