Netbooks: In The Strange Place Between Laptops And Smartphones

Netbooks: In The Strange Place Between Laptops And Smartphones

It seems everywhere you will look companies are hawking their new, tiny, travel-ready netbooks. Wireless companies and cable companies are offering them as incentives in exchange for a service contract and Nokia announced a few weeks ago that they're working on a version of their own.

They look enticing: Why lug around a regular laptop when a slim,well battery like Dell GK479 sexy thing would keep you connected at the airport or in a far-flung hotel room. But I kept asking myself the same question over and over: If these machines are made almost exclusively for web browsing, why would I use a netbook instead of a smartphone?

I looked at two of these netbooks: Verizon's HP mini 1000 and AT&T's Acer Aspire One. For the most part, all these netbooks have about the same specs. Both of these had 2 gig intel atom processor and 1 GB of memory and nice battery 17inch apple macbook pro battery.So, the startup process is zippy and roaming the net is a pleasure.I have feeling he's the market segment netbooks will speak to: People who want little e-mail machines, people who, with the exception of a rare YouTube video, won't be doing much in the way of multimedia.

Both netbooks had nice, bright screens and both of them featured a smaller than normal keyboard that took some getting used to but was definitely more comfortable than the keyboard of even the roomiest of phones. The HP Mini is definitely better looking, mostly because the Acer One has a protruding batteryDell xps m1730 battery that only a parent could love. But I don't think a regular user could find very many things that would make one a better choice over the other.

With a built in 3G connection, these netbooks offer amazing portability and the connection is fast enough that you won't get frustrated watching a video. And that's one of the huge perks: You can download a flash plug-in and watch internet video to your heart's delight. It's also nice that you can install different browsers and use a feature-filled application like Skype.(more imfor:apple a1022......;)

Both netbooks had met their match. Their specs were just under the minimum requirements and I found my answer: If something's going to take up more than pocket space, it better have enough oomph to let you experience the web's full richness.

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