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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RE: Term Confusion
by Bobthearch on Mon 27th Apr 2009 18:56 UTC in reply to "Term Confusion"
Bobthearch
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2006-01-27

I think people are confused as to the actual meaning of the term "netbook". There is certainly no universal agreement on what a netbook is.

Yep, and I don't see the point in worrying too much about labels - it's what the manufacturers call it, and that's that. If someone makes yet another class of portable computer, either larger or smaller or with a different task focus, they'll probably name it something different too.

Few (if any) companies are getting rich from the current crop of "netbooks".

To the contrary, netbooks seem to be floating several companies at a time when worldwide computer sales have dropped significantly:

The company reached a considerable achievements in the deliveries of motherboards and graphic cards, but the most profitable for ASUS remains the release of mobile computers (47% income).

It only makes sense for Apple to tackle that market if they can make good money and margins while still providing an experience that will be highly positive and hopefully drive people to buy their higher-end products.


I don't see why they can't. Build a mini-laptop to the same specs as a $350 Asus, give it a slightly different case shape with an Apple logo, pre-install OSX, and sell it for $450. I don't personally care whether they do it or not, but I think it would be a huge seller among Apple fans and curious new customers.

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