I've always been impressed with the concept of Chrome OS. The capability of Chrome browser as not just a solid web browser, but also an application suite with the additions of Gmail, Google Drive, Google apps, etc., just seemed like a solid solution for what most people need a computer for lately. Being that it's built on Linux made a lot of sense to me.
I don't like Windows. It takes a lot of time to boot up, even on newer computers. There's still the constant threat of viruses, malware and the constant stream of system updates. My laptop now lives in the closet, turned off.
I don't like Mac. At some point in the last few years, Apple seriously jumped the shark with style outweighing function. You have to use their desktop applications to get true value, and they always seem lacking. I think the real purpose of a MacBook is to be displayed at a local Starbucks while you sip on your double espresso, half-caf-mocha-extra-foam-machiato-frapa-whatever.
I'm a software developer. I develop almost exclusively in the terminal environment, secure shelling into servers using the Linux environments to write code with the most glorious of IDEs (yes, it can be a powerful IDE when extended) Vim. I love Linux too, but the desktop environments are no different to me than Chrome with a terminal. As a practice of sound business practices, I don't keep code on my local workstation, that stays on a server, with code in a repository.
So, why not Chromebook?
This is my personal workstation, an ASUS Chromebook Flip. The fact that it clam shells into basically a full touchscreen tablet is merely a bonus. This is light, rugged, very compact and runs for a ridiculous time on a single charge. With Google Drive apps, I have all the office based apps I need. With Google Photos, I store all of my personal photos and videos online in the cloud. With Google Play I enjoy my entire musical collection, e-books and even entire seasons of Gotham. I can even re-watch Serenity anytime I need my "shiny" fix.
I don't need to edit feature length motion pictures, and my policy on photography is less is more, so web apps like Pixlr do the trick for me. UML and other diagrams are handled via Lucidchart and remote development is done via VPN and Secure Shell.
With the file system mirroring Google Drive, and the ability to mount Dropbox, Box.net, FTPs, etc, I have access to my entire document collection. I pay $9.99 a month for 1 Tb of online storage which suites me well. Add a Digital Ocean droplet in the cloud and I have my very own Ubuntu server to develop and geek out on to my heart's content.
For more serious working, I flip the Chromebook to tent mode and then connect my multi-channel Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse. I personally recommend the two following:
Add in my Nexus 6P and I have the entire Google-verse at my finger tips. With the amazing announcement that the Android Play store is coming to Chrome OS, my device as one of the first supported, it really becomes an full tablet. I could be playing Minecraft PE with my son in a matter of weeks on my Chromebook.
So why this article? Mostly because I read a lot of posts about how Chromebook will never replace a laptop / desktop. It did for me.
Soon it will also replace a tablet for me too.
I, for one, welcome our new Chrome OS overlords.