That's what the vast majority of regular people do on a PC, and for those people a Chromebook is the ideal tool. There remains a small cadre of folks who need to do other things on a PC. Perhaps they are engineering jet aircraft or editing movies in Hollywood. They'll still need a Mac or Windows PC, but for the other 99% of us a Chromebook is a much better solution.
So what about Android? Doesn't Google already have an operating system? Why not just use that one?
It all sounds so good -- until you start to think about it. What's the purpose of a laptop -- or other form factor PC?
What I absolutely need from my laptop are these basic physical ingredients:
1. A screen that's at least 12 or 13 inches diagonally.
2. A keyboard that's as good as the best available in any Windows or Mac laptop.
3. A trackpad that's likewise as good as the best available in any Windows or Mac laptop.
Why do I need these basic physical accommodations? It should be basic knowledge, but here goes:
What I do on my laptop is type and edit text. Compromising on the typing experience is not an option in any shape or form. It's like defeat in war -- simply not an option. The tools of this trade are the keyboard, the screen and the trackpad. They conform to my eyes, palms and fingers.
How many Android devices conform to these basic requirements? As best I can tell, almost none. I say almost because some new device may have recently snuck under my nose in a bewildering array of newly announced devices. There sure wasn't one until recently.
Let's bring this description down to Earth: I wouldn't type this article on any Android-anything that's available in the market, at least until recently.
Android is great -- on a phone and on a tablet -- and perhaps elsewhere, too. But aside from being harder to manage in terms of multi-user scenarios and general maintenance, it also doesn't do what people tend to do on a PC: enable me to type and edit as well as any regular laptop. That could be an email, an essay or a comment on a Facebook post or tweet.