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1. Yes, Google has the time and resources to do this on every "relatively no-name site", and insulting those of us that pay attention to them doesn't undo the reality that it is the early adopters and devs who spend their time on sites like this one.
2. Microsoft has no Office app for iProducts because of Apple, who has ALWAYS behaved in the manner I'm cautioning Google not to.
3. I wouldn't currently buy a chromebook of ANY stripe, because the ecosystem is WEAK. And if this is Google's plan for hooking devs into it, then I know exactly why it is weak. The problem is not the price, it is the attitude that devs are easily bought with something shiny and everyone else is too dumb to notice it's relative uselessness (After all, they didn't with the iPad, right? So let's start emulating Apple!).
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Boy, I wonder whose sock-puppet "prophet" is. J-LN is a Google hardware hack and paid on the Google gravy train. Really? You guys think this is an intelligent way to try and co-opt developers and convince early adopters to invest? Why not try actually partnering with some of the software companies you hate on the apps they do best - i.e., Adobe CS and Microsoft Office? Oh yeah, because nowadays you don't just want to win, you want them to lose. It's sad, really, because you have the best philosophy, so why not just prove it out? Look, I use Google services, have an Android tablet, and Chrome is my browser of choice. Why? Because they are the best at what they're trying to do. Don't start playing the Apple/Microsoft/Adobe wargame, just keep putting the product first and stick to open development philosophy as much as is possible. That is enough. This other junk is beneath you.
I'll say this, though - If Ubuntu could be fully functional (including multi-touch and connectivity support) on the soon-to-be-released 64GB LTE model, then I might have a new all-purpose machine. That is highly doubtful, though.
@Brooks Barnard Maybe, but I bet they reduce the amount or the duration of free space you'll get with subsequent models.
The storage deal is actually the part that offends me the most! Yeah, great, trick me into storing a terabyte of my life in Drive, so that I have to keep paying hundreds a year to maintain it once my 'extended free trial' is up. I think this is just a vehicle to get dumb rich people hooked into spending on Google Drive. There's a reason the price is high and it looks shiny - they are fishing for whales.