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better off buying a cheap laptop
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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post
At first I thought it was asinine to essentially "lease" a netbook, but then I realized that google is going about it pretty intelligently, when this caught my eye:



Does that mean that you'll typically get an updated netbook when new ones are released without having to pay an additional service fee? That almost makes sense from a financial standpoint--If you buy a laptop (or netbook) for, say, $400, it's bound to be at least 3 tech generations behind within 2 years, at which point you'll spend another $400 on a new one--seems like google was pretty intelligent at deciding on the pricing such that the cost is about the same as what one would normally pay for continuously upgrading their computer(s).

Only difference is you'll never have any "resale" value, nor any physical value.

I would also have expected to see better bandwidth allowances since one of the profiled improvements is support for netflix and hulu. On the other hand, you don't NEED to have a mobile broadband package just to be able to use one of these netbooks.

Honestly, for students requiring everyday capabilities, $20/mo is not a bad deal if you consider that you get perpetual software AND HARDWARE upgrades. Wondering what the typical hardware upgrade cycle will be though.
Netbook hardware advances slowly.

We've had more or less the same Atom-based junk for years.
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Netbook hardware advances slowly.

We've had more or less the same Atom-based junk for years.
This, the monthly fee equates to 240 a year, the only way this would be a little wise to due for the long run is if you get a hardware refresh every 12 -18 or 18 - 24 months. And by hardware refresh, I mean an entirely new computer.

I'm considering renting this for 9 months while I study abroad and debating a purchase of a wifi one, considering my mobile computer needs would only be skype, word, powerpoint and internet browsing, and maybe some video playback.

All the features these have are very enticing for this: 8 second bootup, 8.5 hours of battery life and instantaneous return from hibernate/sleep. Optional on-board storage and permanent backup onto Google servers to access anywhere - all very practical.

I expect these to be very successful. However, I also wouldn't be surprised to see them flop, but they won't.
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yea, okay, smd
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Netbook hardware advances slowly.

We've had more or less the same Atom-based junk for years.
Agreed atoms have lived too long in netbooks, but the atom lineup/offering itself has progressed fairly steadily, even over the course of 2 years. The fact that it's still horridly slow in comparison to desktop CPU's doesn't mean that there isn't any advancement. Regardless, netbooks progress beyond just CPU's in many ways, be it hard drive technology, graphics/IGP, display, lots of stuff.

edit I wouldn't expect a hardware refresh too often--maybe every couple years, which seems to be pretty normal. I hesitate to say that I'd want to run a netbook on hardware that was standard for them 2 years ago.
    
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I want netflix on My CR-48!
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Rip off. I paid $20 bucks for my netbook via Verizon on a 1 year contract. I'd rather do that. Also Netflix/Hulu is already there on my netbook via Windows 7...
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Did you even read the source? Forget the article, how about just the title?
The article says nothing specficly aimed at the price of the laptop with NO data plan.
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Far more monumental, Google's also just announced the cost of these Chromebooks and there's no upfront payment to speak of. Instead, Chrome OS laptops will be distributed on the basis of a recurring monthly subscription, which will cost $28 per user for businesses and $20 per user for schools.
This statement seems too vague to answer my question. It doesn't plainly say I can go pick one up for nothing, with no strings/plans attached. Maybe someone else has an interpretation.
    
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The article says nothing specficly aimed at the price of the laptop with NO data plan.

This statement seems too vague to answer my question. It doesn't plainly say I can go pick one up for nothing, with no strings/plans attached. Maybe someone else has an interpretation.
Again, for real?

First, the title says that the hardware is priced at $20/month.

Second, look back at the text you quoted:
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Google's also just announced the cost of these Chromebooks and there's no upfront payment to speak of.
Then the other source that's in the OP states that 100MB/month is included FOR FREE, with other prices for other packages if the user wants more mobile broadband data.

What's there to not understand or misinterpret?
    
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Again, for real?

First, the title says that the hardware is priced at $20/month.
The 20/month is the subscription, not the hardware.

Quote:
Second, look back at the text you quoted:
The context of the next sentence implies that the subscription model is used instead of an upfront cost. Similar to how you can get a phone for free if you get a plan, but you cannot get just the phone for free.

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Then the other source that's in the OP states that 100MB/month is included FOR FREE, with other prices for other packages if the user wants more mobile broadband data.

What's there to not understand or misinterpret?
That wasn't part of the original OP, nor was it there when I stated my question. The 100mb/month is limited, read note 1. And again, that is still with a subscription. It still doesn't state explicitly if I can just have the hardware for free, devoid of subscriptions.

Also, why so hostile? Chill out.
    
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