Chromebooks: The Waiting is the Hardest Part

The most frequently asked question posed to me so far in reference to the Chromebook is: what happens when there’s no Internet?

My answer: there are offline applications such as Gmail, Calendar and Google Docs that will work offline when you’re not connected but that will happen later, after the June 15th launch.

The look: raised eyebrows followed by the head shake.

The outcome: wait and see, sit on the sidelines or reconsider once all of that is sorted out.

Granted, not everyone will be in that camp. However, those who wanted the Acer models have to wait until the end of June, and there’s no absolute certainty about that. On the positive side the early adopters will be excited to open the boxes, and then watch their Arctic White or Titan Siver Sammy boot up in eight seconds before logging on to their Gmail accounts and get busy browsing, emailing, tweeting, organizing photos, listening to music or whatever online tasks they choose, knowing that the battery charge will last 8 or 9 hours straight. They might even test out the existing offline capabilities with Angry Birds, or browsing Wikipedia or reading The New York Times. Well, maybe they should hold off with the Times: technology columnist, David Pogue absolutely decimated the Samsung Series 5 in his review.

Then again, Pogue probably doesn’t like waiting.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at, a new personal finance portal.
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