4. Google Talk, Google Voice: For communications.
I don't know about you, but this is pretty much 99% or 100% of what I do on a laptop. For my portable entertainment needs, I have an Apple iPad, among other things. The Apple iPad and the Google Chromebook complement each other like a latte and a croissant -- except one is a lot less expensive than the other, in this case.
Obviously, you also get the other advantages of every Chrome OS PC: Security, automatic backup, automatic updates, multi-user ease of use, fast boot-up and shutdown.
This is the kind of PC you can hand to your 2-year-old or 102-year-old family member and be relieved that you don't have to make "tech support specialist" into your second job.The Chromebook is for everyone. But I think you get the message here: The Chromebook -- whether this $199 variant, or the $249 or the $449 versions -- is for work. It is not your optimal gaming machine. It is not a toy. It is not a science lab supercomputer either. It's a work tool that is reliable and works all the time, requiring zero maintenance in its life. I'm typing this article on it -- which I would never do on an iPad, and for which a Windows or Mac would be total overkill.