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11.6-inch, $249 USD laptop is drawing rave reviews

The top selling notebook on, Inc. (AMZN) currently is... a Google Inc. (GOOG) Chromebook?!

This news may come as a shock to many, but the Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. $249 USD Wi-Fi model Chromebook seized that crown recently, placing #3 in overall PC sales on Amazon.  The $310 USD 3G-equipped model settled for a respectable #19 place in notebooks.

The only "PC" that's currently outselling the (Linux) Chrome OS based Samsung laptop on Amazon is the 7-inch $170 USD Galaxy Tab 2.

Amazon sales aren't everything, but Chromebooks are clearly rising fast and appear dangerous.  According to Gartner, Inc. (IT) they accounted for nearly 5 percent of PC sales last quarter (1 in every 20 PCs sold).  Moreover, they comprised roughly 25 percent of sub-$300 USD notebook sales.
Samsung Chromebook
That's a shocking comeback for an operating system that appeared all but dead after abysmal sales half in H2 2011.  The key appears to be what drew excitement to Chromebooks in the first place -- prices.

Prices were originally expected to be in the $200-300 USD range, when Chrome OS was first announced way back in Nov. '09, but when it finally landed in May '11 they slotted in at $350-500 USD.  Samsung refused to release sales on its original Chromebook priced at $430 (Wi-Fi); $500 (3G), but it was rumored to be in the tens of thousands of units.

By contrast, after cutting its price nearly in half, Samsung is moving millions of Chromebooks.  Aside from the price, another key to the Chromebook resurgence is a tweaked operating system user interface, which Google has devoted a lot of TLC to, even when Chromebooks weren't selling.

For its price the 11.6-inch Wi-Fi model includes impressive specs:
  • 1366x768 11.6-inch display
  • 2 GB DDR3 (1333 MHz)
  • 1.7 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250
  • 16 GB NAND Flash hard drive
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • Weight: 2.4 lb
  • Dimensions: 11.40 x 8.09 x 0.69 inches
Is Chrome OS the next Android?  It's too early to say, but it's enjoying a similar meteoric rise in sales after a slow start much like Android did.  For Google, it appears patience and devotion to its craft is yet again paying off.

Source: Amazon

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RE: This is how
By nafhan on 7/18/2013 4:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
You need to press a single button and have things "just work" to compete in the market of the average computer illiterate consumer.
Uhm... that's basically a description of a Chromebook or Android. It's also many of the major desktop Linux based OS's - if the OS is pre-installed. Ask your average "computer illiterate" to install OS X or Windows, and they'll be just as lost as they would be with Linux.

RE: This is how
By Flunk on 7/19/2013 9:11:55 AM , Rating: 2
There are distributions of Linux that are easier to install than Windows. Ubuntu, for example (there are a lot of others). Ubuntu's installer is capable of literally doing everything if you just push the next button a few times.

You don't even need to find drivers yourself because it will install the base ones and the updater will prompt to install proprietary binary drivers if they like after the install is finished.

Heck, you can install most software through the Ubuntu software center which is about as easy as using Google.

The reason no one is using Linux is not because it's not easy, it's because of three things. All new systems ship with Windows, most software is available for Windows, people are used to Windows. You see the outcry when Microsoft changes tiny UI elements in Windows, moving to a new OS is much more disruptive than that.

RE: This is how
By nafhan on 7/19/2013 9:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
It sounds like we generally agree on this stuff... The point I was making is that installing an OS is difficult enough that many people are unwilling to even try it - regardless of which OS you're talking about, and Linux based OS's generally don't come pre-installed on many consumer PC's.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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