Is the new Samsung Chromebook really the best device of 2012?

It is hard to think of any Chromebook as the best device of the year, especially when it is competing against all gadgets, from smartphones to gaming supercomputers. Fortune Magazine has just published its Best of the Best of the Year section for 2012, and guess what? The new $250 Samsung Chromebook is the best device of 2012, according to Miguel Helft. We will have to give him an award ourselves – maybe the Best Chrome believer of the year.

We say this partly joking, because it is hard to believe this $250 Chromebook can make it to a position of such prestige. But Helft has some great points, and highlights how an affordable Chromebook can be very convenient and productive. It is a $250 laptop, after all. Netbooks have reached that price before, but this happens to be a quality Chromebook, while Windows netbooks at the same price point are the lowest of the lowest.

It is a simple machine that will always stay updated, without you even noticing. It boots up in just a few seconds, and is very light and thin. It doesn’t lack a physical keyboard, like most tablets do. And we can’t forget about its simplicity and internet-based capabilities, which makes it the most convenient option for casual users and travelers.

There is really quite a lot to gain from the Samsung Chromebook, or Chrome OS in general. Yes, we do wish we could have some of those full Windows programs, or that it had the same battery life as its Chromebook ancestors, but for $250 the Samsung Chromebook is quite the steal. We can see why he would rate it the best of the year, and it would be for reasons other than its hype.

What do you think should be the “best device of 2012”?

[via CNN/Fortune]