As part of our ongoing series of posts about the technology ecosystems in different American cities, I’ll be heading to Boulder, Col. next week, in town from July 29 through Aug. 10. To get an idea......
+ Trevor Gilbert I agree you can't write a review based on a hypothetical but the review felt like you dismissed some of the potential of the OS. I'm an iOS user myself but I also use lots of Google services and I can see that for a good part of the tech illiterate portion of the population these would make good machines.
I think Chrome OS is a very tough sell for the vast bulk of people whose minimal computing needs are probably better met by a tablet. If they're going to have to undergo the paradigm shift of a whole new OS from their current laptop/desktop, I'd have a hard time convincing them that they shouldn't just jump two steps ahead instead.
For folks who do need a more dedicated machine, I think it really only speaks to those whose online lives are already tightly integrated with google services. That's a lot of people, but it's not everybody. It also suffers from the web-as-platform problem of there not being web-based equivalents of everything people need to do (yet).