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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Data Entry
by Dave_K on Mon 27th Apr 2009 20:22 UTC
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

I agree with just about every difference listed here, but to me speed of data entry is the absolute killer feature of a Netbook compared with an iPhone.

I can put up with lack of upgrade options, and even being unable to use my favourite apps isn't the end of the world, but the device is unusable if I can't get information into it at an acceptable speed.

I don't have particularly small hands, but I can get pretty close to my full desktop touch-typing speed on a compact keyboard. Even on my old Psion Netbook, a smaller device with a smaller keyboard than most modern netbooks, I could type far faster than on any touch screen.

They're OK for short text messages or updating an address book, but anything more than that and the experience is frustrating. Imagine trying to take notes during a meeting or in class on an iPhone.

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