Where Are All The Chromebooks?
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User Rank: Moderator
2/22/2014 | 12:54:05 AM
Re: Bought for a mobile use purpose?
Baker was referring to information NPD released Dec. 23 that said Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all U.S. notebook sales through the commercial retail channel for the first 11 months of 2013.

In his email, Baker defined the commercial channel as the distributors -- like CDW and Ingram Micro -- that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. His data did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, directly to businesses.

from "crappy reporting on chromebooks" computerword

in other words you fell for a bogus statistic !

User Rank: Apprentice
2/21/2014 | 5:47:56 PM
Re: Here's cloud in yer eye
It would appear that asksqn is not familar with Chromebooks to any significent degree.  He first perpetuates the myth that Chromebooks must be connected to the internet with a fast connection to be any use at all.  He must have gotten is information for Scroogle!  He continues his nonsense rant against Chromebooks by suggesting that you must be a sophisticated computer user to use Cloud based storage and services.  The most sophisticated action you need to use a Chromebook is remembering you Chromebook password.  Perhaps he believes that management of patch Tuesday, personal firewalls and anti-virus software is a trivial operation for the average American consumer.

Wake up and smell the coffee!  The Cloud is ubiquitous.  If you have an Internet connection, you are connected to the Cloud.

Hint:  School age computer users grow up to be adult comuter users is a few short years.  How are you going to wean them off of Chromebooks after they leave school?
User Rank: Ninja
2/21/2014 | 5:09:52 PM
Here's cloud in yer eye
While Chromebooks have a lot of notches in the plus column, the biggest negative by far is that it is virtually useless w/o a decent web connection speed. It also assumes the user is big on the cloud for both storage as well as SaaS, and, both of these items require a degree of tech sophisticstion which rules out the great majority of the average American consumer. Unless/until the cloud becomes ubiquitous, I don't expect to see gargantuan gains in the marketplace for Chromebooks among any other segments s but school aged demographic.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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2/21/2014 | 4:56:00 PM
Re: Bought for a mobile use purpose?
>Could it be Chromebooks are purchased for use with Google Search and Google Apps, while on the move, and their owners continue using phones and laptops most of the time?

Among power users that seems to be the case. Chromebooks seem to be popular among those traveling to security conferences. I suspect those devices purchased for educational institutions are used for web surfing less often than personal or business devices, and that may contribute to the low traffic numbers of Chrome OS.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
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2/21/2014 | 4:19:49 PM
Re: Bought for a mobile use purpose?
One place where Chromebooks are showing up is in education. The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Chromebooks grabbed nearly a fifth of U.S. K-12 purchases of mobile computers last year.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
2/21/2014 | 3:58:35 PM
Bought for a mobile use purpose?
Good commentary, Tom. You may be right, but there's still scant proof Chromebooks will one day amount to a sizeable segment of Web traffic. Right now, that's more intuition than fact. Could it be Chromebooks are purchased for use with Google Search and Google Apps, while on the move, and their owners continue using phones and laptops most of the time?
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