The new Samsung Chromebook is available for pre-order for $249. But if you spend a little extra you can pick up a Samsung Chromebook 3G for $330. Not only do you get a 3G modem, but you also get 2 years of limited 3G access from Verizon for no additional price.
We already knew that Google was giving Chromebook buyers 100GB of cloud storage for 2 years. Now it looks like Verizon is making the deal even sweeter for anyone who picks up a 3G model by throwing in 100MB of free 3G data per month for 2 years.
Sure, 100MB isn’t even enough to stream a single movie from Netflix. But it is probably enough to occasionally check your email or scan for Facebook updates when you’re out and about and can’t find a WiFi hotspot.
Clearly Verizon is hoping to whet your appetite with a little free service to get you to sign up for a higher-priced plan. But if you don’t want to pay a penny over the asking price for the Samsung Chromebook, you still get 2 years of limited service for free.
The Samsung Chromebook features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
It runs Google’s Chrome OS operating system, which means that the only app the device really runs is a web browser. But you can install web apps and extensions, sync your bookmarks and apps across multiple devices, and perform some functions such as editing documents of viewing movies even if you don’t have an internet connection.
The Chromebook measures about 0.7 inches thick and weighs 2.4 pounds. It features a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output, SD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n WiFi, and a 30 Whr, 6.5 hour battery.
via The Verge
I’ve been using a Chromebook for almost two weeks. So far, it has been able to replicated every daily task I need with one exception. I have not been able to figure out how to access my old NAS drive (its a five year old NAS, so I blame the age of the hardware, not Google). Otherwise, I love the thing.
Plus, I have the old school unlimited 4G Verizon account. I use my Galaxy Nexus as a HotSpot and Verizon has yet to complain about it.
Should we consider the new Chromebooks as the new netbooks? Their keyboards make the Chromebooks competitive with tablets. I rarely use the iPad 2 that I inherited from my daughter because 80% of the time that I spend on a computer is wordprocessing, often with footnotes. I plan to buy a new computer to replace or supplement my old Macbook. It is OK, a little slow, and several letters have disappeared from the keyboard. I had been thinking of a 15-inch non-retina screen Macbook Pro as a kind of desktop, but now am tempted by the much cheaper Chromebook. Will have to give up Microsoft Word, I suppose. Hope publishers won’t insist on Word. Finally, other than limited Internet access, is there any advantage to buying the $330 Chromebook? Thanks for advice.
You can get a taste of what writing would be like using a Chromebook by using Google Docs on the Google Chrome browser. I’ve written several documents on Google Docs and it’s fine (yes, it supports footnotes) though I have seen comments saying that it bogs down if you have a very large document (though you can always avoid this by splitting into chapters if it becomes a problem).
I suspect it all depends on the complexity and length of your manuscripts. If you’re just writing a novel or simply-formatted documents, Docs will likely be fine, but if you’re going to be doing a lot of formatting, as in a technical book, then you might be better off with MS Word. (You can convert from one to the other, but if the formatting is complex, you could lose some fidelity).
The hw of the Chromebook is really outstanding for this price. Especially from a brand name like Samsung.
The only big weakness is the limited ChromeOS it arrives with. If it can be replaced with a functional Ubuntu or Linux Mint, I will definitely buy one.
That Verizon 3G access is slow (3G, not LTE) and quite limited (100MB/month).
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