I hope the merger of Android and Chrome OS will bring something better. I don't like being so dependent on connectivity. Maybe this feeling will change with time and see a forever connected world as normal as plugging the PC to the power outlet, but for now I vote with my money against it.
I got my hands on the Cr-48 and was pleasantly surprised by the hardware and intrigued by the software. I did find it a bit strange that the OS was virtually just a Chrome browser permanently open, but there were a few app/extension options available that made the experience quite tolerable. For example, I was able to find a remote desktop client on it, which turned the device into a great windows thin client.
I'd totally be willing to consider buying a chrome-based netbook if it were available for no more than ~$199 and offered at least the same quality as the CR-48. Considering all the new tablets options and the low-price of windows-based netbooks though, Google still has some work to do before I am totally sold on the idea.
I would bite without much hesitation though if wireless was included for $10/month. That would be great.
I think of the essence here is the idea of universal connectivity, and I would pay 10 bucks for that easily. Imagine this translated to a daylight-readable tablet or notebook? You can have access everywhere, use it as a GPS device with maps loading as you go, reading books or doing work regardless of lighting conditions, and so on, and best of all, not being limited by your particular network. It just "grabs" the fastest available signal and runs with it. All this being valid for world travel, not only your country.
That would be the vision I would subscribe for.
Well this just looks like another way for Google to get revenue. I would bet they would offer a version that you could wave the subscription fee but would have to endure ads. This Samsung sounds like just another Netbook only with Linux by Google that ties you to the Internet for a fee? Does not excite me.
I agree with ReggieRay if this thing was priced low enough and using an apples to apples comparison on the hardware showed that this thing was faster at a cheaper price than netbooks then it would definately work as an Ubuntu machine. Unfortunately Google will probably make a contract that forces you to sign up for their service for at least 6 months.
CR-48 uses a 1 core/ 2 thread processor. The Intel Atom N550 processor has 2 cores /4 threads. My concern: is the Samsung netbook using the integrated graphics on the chip? Is this good enough to keep up with streaming video?