This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Google Launches the Bugatti of Laptops

Stocks in this article: GOOG MSFT AAPL HPQ

Google Pixel basically says "Look, this is a laptop first, and as such there is zero compromise in the traditional laptop ergonomics. The touch interface is a nice extra capability that can evolve over time. Have fun with it." This is totally the right approach at this stage of the market.

No Apple laptop offers embedded cellular data connectivity (LTE), and aside from a rare couple of tablet exceptions, neither do the Windows 8 laptops. Google Pixel has you covered with Verizon LTE.

In essence, Google Pixel marries the best of Apple -- the Retina display -- with the best of the Windows 8 touchscreen capability, but it subtracts the horrible Windows interface, and bests them both with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a superior operating system, Chrome OS. Smackdown!

Google also drops the storage neutron bomb right onto Microsoft's and Apple's dining table. The Google Pixel includes 1 terabyte of cloud storage, for 3 years. Yes, you read that right -- 1 terabyte. You can access and share that giant 1 terabyte across all your PCs, laptops and smartphones.

How much does Apple and Microsoft charge for storage on their equivalent services, iCloud and SkyDrive? Apple says $100 for 50 gig and Microsoft says $50 for 100 gig Microsoft says $50 for 100 gig . In other words, 1 terabyte would cost $2,000 per year for Apple, and $500 per year for Microsoft.

For 3 years, that's $6,000 for Apple and $1,500 for Microsoft. In other words, the cloud storage alone costs more on Apple and Microsoft than Google charges for the entire Pixel laptop plus the storage! Google basically gives you this Bugatti-grade laptop FOR LESS THAN ZERO with purchase of 3 years of 1 terabyte storage.

In other words, the Google Pixel may have a price tag of $1,449, but its real cost is less than zero when compared to the competition's cloud storage pricing.

Still, what is the REAL reason Google bothered designing this record-breaking laptop, even though Google is effectively giving it away for free with the purchase of some cloud storage?

There are two reasons for this: 1. Google needed to bring to market an initial "hero" device that would inspire developers and other laptop makers -- Samsung, Acer, HP (HPQ), Lenovo and others -- to ditch Microsoft and increase their bets on Google as the new touch PC standard. This initial touchscreen reference PC -- the Google Pixel -- may not sell in the many millions, but it is what it will spawn that will be more important. 2. Make no mistake about it, this means that a Google tablet based on Chrome OS is coming, probably in well under 18 months from now. Such a tablet could be made very inexpensively, while providing superior characteristics -- security, ease of use -- to enterprises and kids/elderly people alike.

2 of 4

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 18,053.71 +23.50 0.13%
S&P 500 2,088.77 +6.89 0.33%
NASDAQ 4,806.8590 +33.3870 0.70%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs