- Most have 11-12" screens and weigh a little over 3 pounds.
- They boot in 8 seconds and wake instantly from sleep mode.
- There is no license fee to the manufacturer for the operating system. In contrast, Microsoft charges $73 to a manufacturer for a Windows license.
- The devices have removable storage - Chrome supports USB memory and SD cards.
- Many of the devices will have high-definition webcams (e.g. Samsung and Acer models)
- Most manufactures are spec'ing a battery life of over 8 hours.
- Flash is supported (iPads and iPhones do not run flash).
- Wi-Fi only devices are selling for approximately $430 while Verizon 3G/Wi-Fi models are selling for $500.
- Google has created an online app store for Chrome. The store includes apps for Chromebooks and the Chrome browser (very nice - my default browser now) many of us are running on our regular computers.
The competition is heating up in the cloud space with the Apple's Lion OS X being released for $29 in July. Lion will more tightly integrate Apple PC's, iPads and iPhones using cloud based services.
Microsoft's Windows 8 is also looking interesting. It's scheduled to come out next year (2012) and has a completely new user interface, built around what we're seeing on the Windows phone now.