1TB of Google Storage? Buy a Chromebook Pixel Instead

Alex Chitu, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Feb 26, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to my version of the Play Store, it's not for sale yet. But the marketing behind this Chromebook is very interesting. "When you pay $1300 for the ultrabook, Google also offers 1TB of storage for 3 years. The regular price for 1TB of Google Drive storage is $50/month, so Google offers $1800 of storage for only $1300 and the hardware is 'free'." Given that I'm already paying for a gig of Google storage online, the offer is even more reasonable. The big question is, of course, what happens after three years - will they give me a new computer? Will prices come down? Still - it's interesting that the hardware is now the loss leader for the online service (and even more interesting that I find myself buying more and more online services). Speaking of which - isn't it time for the ball game to start?

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