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10/28/2012 | 8:30:11 AM
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Who says you need a high speed Internet connection to use one? It works perfectly fine and at the same 3G connection speed as any Windows, Macbook or iPad or Android device for accessing the Internet, corporate web pages, webmail etc. It should be noted that the Google docs suite is extremely bandwidth efficient because it only transfers the data that is necessary - ie get the page text data that you view and upload the keystrokes that correspond to the changes you make, and it uploads these every few seconds, so a few seconds of work is the most you can ever lose whatever happens. Unlike this, local Windows/Mac applications have to download the entire file, edit them locally and upload the whole file again for every interim save and again at the end which usually requires more bandwidth and data usage. Google Docs and a lot of other apps also work offline as to built-in apps like the audio and video player.

The 3G version comes with 100MB data per month free for two years included in the price. This is intended to cover for contingencies like where normally the user normally works in the office or from a WiFi hotspot, but is required to to work from 3G sometimes - say on a trip to a client meeting. It is possible to buy ad hoc monthly or daily data allowances at very competitive rates to handle business trips or visits etc. You can also get the WiFi only version and use a phone which allows WiFi tethering to use your existing phone's 3G data allowance.

The Chromebook's use case would be someone who most of the time uses WiFi connected to the home, office or school to work from anywhere within these zones. A WiFi router connected to broadband and the LAN (if it exists and needs to be accessed) should be provided. The 100MB per month free allowance is enough for checking email and occasional light Google Docs use on the train each morning or occasional contingency use where WiFi is unavailable. Chromebooks should be considered more of a device that is portable between sites or offices where WiFi is available and other sites and offices or home where WiFi is available (most of the usage being done at these locations), with 3G use while travelling in between. It is also ideal for use cases which require data or work to be up to date all the time and shared continuously with other offices and departments, because using Chromebooks rather than Windows or Mac local apps enforces and ensures this happens always. It is possible to use 3G as a main means of connectivity, but WiFi should always be implemented and used when possible in the planned usage.

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10/19/2012 | 5:57:25 PM
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What the heck is wrong with these people? What a useless product! It as touted as something to be used 'on the go'. Where the **** do you get high speed internet access on the go? Should we spend hundreds of dollars per year for a 3g data plan just to 'boot' this crap? When will people realize that this Cloud OS concept is bull****! I want my machine to work no matter what! Why should I pay for the hardware and then every month for the god-damn data plan? And 249 is cheap? Seriously? You could buy a decent sized tablet at a cheaper price and can pretty much do everything that this crap can do.
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10/19/2012 | 5:29:37 PM
re: Samsung's Newest Chromebook: Perfect Extra Machine?
$249. I'll say it again, $249. Even the $330 with data is reasonable. Maps, Drive/Docs, YouTube (I assume), general search and browsing. Gmail. How much online time is spent using those or similar services? I'd imagine A LOT. The weight and size seem right too. This could really be a handy little extra for traveling. A 16 GB USB 3.0 flash drive is around $15 on Newegg making expanding local storage easy and cheep (and still portable).

Talk about a great device for schools.
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10/19/2012 | 4:48:32 PM
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Can't wait to try one


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