Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Apr 2009 15:07 UTC
Editorial Last week, Apple again repeated its claim that the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of filling the netbook niche. They also claimed that netbooks can barely be called personal computers. Both of these statements are complete and utter nonsense, but instead of writing down some high-level definition of what a netbook is, I decided to simply write down all the things I do with my netbook that the iPhone/iPod Touch cannot do to make the difference between the two that much more tangible.
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good article
by REM2000 on Mon 27th Apr 2009 15:54 UTC
REM2000
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2006-07-25

Excellent sum up of the major difference between the two platforms.

Im surprised apple suggested that the iPod Touch / iPhone platform is in anyway comparable to the netbook platform.

As mentioned in the article they are two different platforms, catering for two different markets/uses. Of course there are overlaps, but the core functionality is very different.

Again i don't understand why apple felt the need to respond to the netbook market, if they don't want to enter the market fine, i can understand there is not that much of a margin, but to try and take product x and belittle product y is a little boring.

Personally if all of the critisim's of the netbook held up, i.e. people won't like linux as it's different, the keyboard is too small, the screen is to small etc.. then we wouldn't hear about netbooks again, they would simply die out, there are only so many tech's wanting a new toy.

I don't own one personally, however if i commuted on a train alot i would get one. I think they are great little devices and really plug a gap in the market where you want to jot, show a presentation, do some browsing and check your emails well. Would i use one over a laptop, probably not, however that's just my criteria.

I think apple should go back to the way they used to advertise, which was to point out what was so great about apple and really not mention the competition that much.

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