What is a "Real" OS?
I think we've been too consumed by our gut reaction that Chrome OS is not a real OS and $1300 is never justifiable. But what justifies a laptop's price, especially for the average consumer?
Hardware and software. Instead of raging at the price, it may be better to consider this thing's hardware quality and what needs does it fulfill for average people. Geeks are not the majority of consumers.
So first let's look at the hardware.
2560 x 1700 239ppi screen.
i5, Intel HD4000
Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Judging by the hardware alone, the device would be well worth $1300 considering the competition.
And what of the software? Remember, before kneejerk reactions we should consider what needs a person will have.
Web browsing in general, which Chrome OS does of course
Email, which can be accessed by outlook.com or gmail.com easily.
Videos - Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon all work.
Documents/office suite - There's Google Drive and native Office .doc(x) compatibility through quick office which comes pre-installed.
Light photo editing, which Pixlr does and is comparable to a medium level Photoshop.
Gallery, which Chrome OS now has a beautiful version of.
Simple multi-tasking- Chrome OS now has auto rearranging windows
And the touch screen, based on pictures from the Play Store, seems to be useful. The new photo-app is touch optimized. It just makes more sense that way. And how about Google Maps? I find it annoying to use the mouse to drag it over. Touch makes so much more sense.
Things that geeks expect but don't matter for average people include, using Blender, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Crysis, Eclipse, Java JDK, X Code, etc.
So think about what needs normal people will have and how this meets or doesn't meet those needs rather than thinking about the programs geeks won't have.
Maybe this will sell well, and maybe it won't. But it's the first time Chrome OS has had a premium flagship that creates reason to get excited. So let's not dismiss it out of hand.