The Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks come with 100 MB of data per month from Verizon – FREE! This feature played a significant roll in my decision to trade in my netbook and iPad for a chromebook. I’ve tested the Verizon 3G from my house and it worked, but the wifi at home is fast and reliable, so I haven’t had a reason to really use the 3G…until today.
We spent the day at my in-laws, and AT&T’s data coverage there is not good – no 3G, just Edge. My iPhone 4 drags when loading web pages. I fired up the chromebook, disabled the wifi, and enabled 3G. I was impressed! The indicator showed that I only had a bar or two of service, but web pages loaded quickly and Google docs ran smoothly. However, when I loaded a You Tube video, it stuttered a bit. To be honest, though, with only 100 MB/month, I doubt that a person would be watching much video without a wifi connection.
Bottom Line: The free 3G was great for viewing web pages, checking email, and editing documents. I wouldn’t recommend watching video because of the limited amount of data available and the lag.