4 Things Google Chromebook Should Improve On

Amazon has not even started to take preorders for the six Chromebook stock keeping units but two of them are already in the top 20 "most wished for" items in the laptop category.

The original Chromebooks though are far from being perfect and there are at least four things that can be done to improve the current generation quite easily actually.

(1) For unknown reasons, Google opted to get Chrome OS to run on Intel hardware rather than ARM. Switching to ARM will have a knock on effect on a number of critical features.

For example, the one-year old Toshiba AC100-10U laptop, which runs Android, is cheaper by a third and weighs 40 per cent less while having a similar battery life compared to the average Chromebook.

What's even more incredible is that the AC100 uses a 2200mAh, 3-cell battery, compared to 6-cell 8280mAh monster on the Samsung Chromebook for instance.

This also has other implications; Chromebooks for example will have more expensive and bulkier brick-type power adaptors, whereas Chromebooks based on ARM are likely to have smaller, cheaper wall-type models.

(2) Speaking of the battery in the Chromebook, making it removable would be a great idea as the laptop only supports up to 1000 cycles or around 18 months in the worse case scenario.

(3) Bringing in an Ethernet port - a conspicuous omission - would also make a lot of sense especially if you have to set up the laptop in a notspot zone in the first place.

(4) Connectivitywise, turning Chromebooks into hotspots would be a pretty cool addition indeed, something that Connectify does already for Windows and Google already achieved with Android since Froyo.

While we are looking forward to the first wave of Chromebooks, we cannot wait for the next generation of Google's cloud-based laptops to come forward.