I think you misunderstood his point. He isn't saying that Chrome OS is better. What he is saying is that Windows eats up a lot of those specs so even though they are the same spec'd hardware, the specs on the Chrome book are better because there is more left over for you to use outside of just running the OS. This also leads Chrome to run faster than Windows.
You also misunderstood his other argument. He never said Android was taking market share away from the Ipad. What he said was that Android Tablets and the Ipad are taking away marketshare from traditional OS that run on Laptops and PCs, proving that people do not need all the stuff that you are saying people wont want to give up by switching to a Chrome book.
The Chrome book is designed to get rid of all the stuff that most people don't use and as a result focus on the things that people do use. It's a well thought out machine. Things like reducing the size of the hard drive because most things will be on the cloud and then offering a faster accessed hard drive is one of those decisions. It may not look like a better situation to the average consumer on paper because people tend to just look at numbers like 500GB or 1TB and think it's better for them. But most people don't even need that much hard drive space, and if they do, there is the cloud for people to use. A lot of people buy laptops/netbooks now days and don't use 85% of the hard drive space. Google sees this as wasted cost. Specs being chewed up by the OS, is wasted cost. Fix these problems and you can offer a machine at a lower price that still does what most people need it to do. It might not be for everyone, but you are completely missing the point and the functionality of the Chrome Book. Kind of makes your last statement pretty ironic.
"What he is saying is that Windows eats up a lot of those specs so even though they are the same spec'd hardware, the specs on the Chrome book are better because there is more left over for you to use outside of just running the OS. This also leads Chrome to run faster than Windows."
They this is what he meant when he said 'Chromebook destroys that POS'. How did I miss that...
And if thats what you and he are saying, you're both nitpicking. Windows 8 completely flies on that hardware and if Chromebook is a little faster at opening up the file exlorer, its a complete moot point.
As far as the rest of the stuff you said, I disagree. Even as a content consumption device, chromebook doesn't appeal to me. I like to have 60 gigs of music on my laptop hard drive when I travel, 10s of gigs of movies and shows. WTF am I going to do with a chromebook when I am on a plane, bus, train...etc? In another country? Hunt for Wifi hot spots?
Until there is LTE everywhere and costs 30 bucks a month for unlimited usage, this cloud OS idea has very limited functionality.