Google has come out with a high-end laptop running its Chrome OS operating system. The Chromebook Pixel has a high-resolution screen comparable to Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display. Here's how the two laptops stack up:
Price: The basic, Wi-Fi model of the Chromebook Pixel costs $1,299. One that can also access the LTE cellular network goes for $1,449. The comparable, 13-inch MacBook Pro with high-resolution display starts at $1,499. There's no MacBook Pro with LTE.
Internet access: Both devices have built-in Wi-Fi. The Pixel comes with 12 free sessions of Gogo's Internet service on airplanes. The LTE version also comes with 100 megabytes per month of access through Verizon Wireless for two years. Because there's no LTE MacBook, people who want cellular access will need a phone plan that lets them turn their phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a MiFi device that costs roughly $100, not including cellular service fees.
Storage: The basic model of the Pixel has 32 gigabytes of solid-state storage, and the LTE model has 64 gigabytes. Internal storage is not expandable. The MacBook Pro starts at 128 gigabytes. There are MacBook models with even more storage, up to 768 gigabytes. Both Pixel models come with 1 terabyte of online storage through Google Drive for three years.
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