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: Thom is still wrong.
by galvanash on Mon 27th Apr 2009 21:59 UTC in reply to "Thom is still wrong."
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My iPod Touch is an amazing netbook. It is really portable - I can take internet...

On the other hand, the netbooks I see just end up being slow small laptops with no actual benefit for their size...

Seriously, is anyone writing software for designed for netbooks? If not, it's just a copycat PC laptop... though small.

Your post pretty much sums up exactly what a netbook is, while hijacking the term to describe something completely different - and YOU are the one painstackingly pointing out exactly WHY it is different.

A netbook is an inexpensive, compact notebook (pretty much what you said it is). Thats it. It IS just a copycat of a PC laptop - that is the fricken point. Its just smaller and cheap. There is no "special" software for it because it ISNT special, the only notable thing about it that differentiates it from a run-of-the-mill laptop is the screen is a bit more cramped then normal - which most people consider as a necessary evil, not a feature.

An iphone is NOT a netbook, yet you want to use that term to describe it... Which is strange since you just spent a bunch of words explaining why it is totally different than a netbook. No one said netbooks are better or anything, iphones are great. But they arent netbooks.

My only explanation is that you are actually jealous that the new "in" thing is for once NOT an Apple product, and since you don't have one you feel compelled to call your iphone a netbook to make yourself feel better...

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