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very fast, but a 3g glitch,
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This review is from: Samsung Series 5 550 3G Chromebook - Silver (Sim card not included) (Personal Computers)
i ordered this last week because i really wanted something that i could use on the go, that wasn't my phone and i really like a keyboard, i wanted something nice and fast because i don't like waiting for things to load.
the set up was super simple, took just a few minutes and i was away. It comes with a 3gb 3g sim but i didnt find this until after i had gone out and signed up for a 12 month 3g mobile broadband sim with 3, though i get more data with this anyway so i will use the free sim when i get to the end of my allowance!
obviously, what you can do without the net is very limited, essentially making this a very expensive paperweight without the net, but when you have the net, it works like a dream.
to get from pressing the button to actually being online and your previous pages loaded realistically takes around 15 seconds, rather than 8/10 but that includes signing in, connecting to 3g and loading the pages that you were already on so i am very impressed with this. shutting it down takes literally 4 seconds, so this is really useful when you are out and about and only have a few minutes with which to do something.
one flaw i found in this is that i briefly disabled 3g and then found that i could not reenable it. i had to go into developer mode and delete local data in order to fix it, i hope updates will solve this as in seems very silly!
the machine has a nice screen, is fairly light and can fit into the handbag i usually take places with me so this really fits into my life.
I have no idea if these things will catch on, but for now i am very impressed and if it doesnt slow down as they say it won't, i will continue to be impressed by this.
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2012 15:18:47 BDT
A. R. Bradley says:
Fortunately, the 3g glitch was fixed a couple of weeks after this review got posted. I'm glad to see a review that 'gets' what the Chromebook is all about; I have the Series 5 (previous version) and use it almost exclusively. This is safe, simple, minimalist computing. I recommend getting a Google Cloud-ready printer to complete the experience.
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