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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Thom is still wrong.
by NathanHill on Mon 27th Apr 2009 21:11 UTC
NathanHill
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2006-10-06

My iPod Touch is an amazing netbook. It is really portable - I can take internet and email access with me in my pocket. Great battery life. Tons of cool applications custom made for a real netbook experience. Watch movies. Organize photos. Play music. Write to do lists. Get directions. Play games. Jotting down notes. etc, etc..

On the other hand, the netbooks I see just end up being slow small laptops with no actual benefit for their size. They don't get very good battery life. They don't have any special features that take advantage of their size (like instant syncing with computers over USB or wifi) - no special software designed to accentuate the netbook experience. They are just small, limited laptops that give the illusion of value.

Seriously, is anyone writing software for designed for netbooks?

If not, it's just a copycat PC laptop... though small.

On the other hand, iPhones and iPod Touches are redefining what it means to do computing on the go. Very interesting software coming out each day for it. It's pretty wild to see a market for new software develop like it has for Apple's little netbooks.

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