Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Samsung is rolling out the Go netbook through AT&T next week. The 2.8-pound device will operate Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition and connect via AT&T's 3G network .
The Samsung Go is small enough to fit in a briefcase and comes in midnight blue with rounded edges. The interior is black, and a pebble-style keyboard with larger-than-average spacing aims to make typing on the device more comfortable. The Go offers an LED-backlit, borderless glass screen with a scratch-resistant coating. And Samsung promises photo-like image quality, along with better viewing angles and text legibility that works to reduce eyestrain.
The Go is powered by an Intel Atom processor and offers connectivity tools such as a 3-in-1 memory card reader and three USB 2.0 ports. The Go also comes with a 160GB hard drive to store digital photos, videos and music, and a four-cell battery that lets users stay connected for up to four hours on a single charge.
"The portable, lightweight design and robust feature set of the Samsung Go allows users to stay connected whenever, wherever," said Douglas Albregts, vice president of sales and marketing for Samsung Electronics America. "The Go makes everything from updating your social-networking sites to surfing the web, or even catching up on work e-mails, fast and fun."
Counting the Costs
Of course, like other netbooks consumers buy through wireless carriers, the Go comes at a heavy discount but with an ongoing price. The Samsung Go is available for $199 after a mail-in rebate and the purchase of a two-year AT&T DataConnect service agreement, with pricing starting at $35 per month.
AT&T offers two AT&T DataConnect plans for netbooks, including a 200MB option for $35 per month or a 5GB plan for $60 per month. AT&T DataConnect plans offer subscribers access to the carrier's 3G network and free use of AT&T Wi-Fi service and its 20,000-plus hot spots nationwide. (continued...)