Yes, you can do all of these things on an Android device, but not as well as on any of the Chrome OS laptops available today. I love Android, but it's for different things. Android is great on a smartphone, almost as great on a tablet -- but at this stage not available in a competitive laptop or other PC form.
The fact that Android isn't as suitable on a $200 laptop today doesn't mean that it couldn't be in the future. Things change. But it isn't today.
So there you have it: A Chrome OS device -- for most people, a Chromebook laptop -- is a device that accomplishes what most people do on a laptop, but without all the headaches, and at low prices starting at $200.
For all the hoopla about how much we also love our smartphones and tablets, there is also a robust market for such solid productivity devices. The smashing success of Chromebooks proves it.
Stay tuned for more Chrome OS device reviews in 2014.At the time of publication the author was long GOOG and AAPL. Follow @antonwahlman This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.