So, it's like getting a WiFi only one, but with 100MB of free mobile usage. I wouldn't download files while on the VZW 3G network, but for checking email, etc. it would be fine to use away from home/work.3G models include a free 100 MB per month of mobile data from Verizon Wireless
They have absolutely lost their damn minds. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-a...or-Part-of-the-PostPC-World-Forrester-810412/Samsung's Series 5 WiFi-only model will cost $429, with a 3G version going for $499. Acer's will cost $349. Both machines will be available in the United States and in the U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain June 15.
I think the O/S is installed like firmware, not like software. If you want it, you'll need a device with it preinstalled.
Oh. My. God. I just found this:
They have absolutely lost their damn minds. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-a...or-Part-of-the-PostPC-World-Forrester-810412/
You can download it and put it on anything you want. Its based of linux. Its not a firmware type OS.my question is will I be able to get the o/s on my current netbook . . .
Id like to see it pushed out like linux vs having to buy it like windows
I know what you are talking about, I am an IT guy . . . entry level . . . but still an IT guy(I do everything from help desk to toner to network administration to on and off site support . . . im more or less the work dog of the 6 man IT team in a middle size business).i dont think they've lost their minds. it's just a different way of thinking about IT. Company I work for is heavily involved in pushing the "cloud". Many of our solutions are built using cloud based products. Need a CRM? Salesforce. Need email? Google Apps/Hosted exchange, Document sharing/storage? Google docs/Sharepoint. It eliminates your IT infrastructure, and the costs and troubles associated with it. Gives you a mobile work force.
Think of it as a total solution. You own a business, you set yourself up with google apps, a handful of these laptops, and bam, instant IT. There's no maintence because there's nothing to break, there's no software to update, there's no engineers to pay to maintain your servers, there's no downtime as long as you've got an internet access, you potentially dont need as big of an office because your employees can work from anywhere. There's a lot to like. Who cares if you have to spend $350-500 on a laptop to access it. Even the cheapest laptop you can get, once loaded with the typical office software apps, is going to cost several times that much. Of course there are draw backs and its no where near perfect, but complete cloud based solutions are still in their infancy. There's definitely potential here for an alternative to the traditional Microsoft way. Realistically, for the first time ever.
You can download it and put it on anything you want. Its based of linux. Its not a firmware type OS.
Its good for grandma, kids, light users, people who dont do anything but browse the internet. I dont think its quiet ready for prime time for anyone in business yet though. Its coming, but still very early.yeah, this is ganna be prime for businesses.
I dont see it going well for home users, but your right. Looking at that from a business prospective, if your using all of those things then there is no reason not to use it. Now I think the obstacle would be getting businesses to get with it instead of using the normal things . . . lotus notes . . . out look . . . w/e
We use Google Apps premier edition at my workplace - everything we need is "in the cloud" with Google... but didn't need to spend $500 on a specialized netbook to do it. $50/user/year for all the email/apps/docs/storage we can use. Just need any internet browser to access it.
If they do open-source the OS, why would anybody spend that kind of money for the chromebook? I like the idea of cloud computing, but Google missed the mark on pricing, by far.