Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Apr 2009 21:58 UTC
Apple During the conference call yesterday about Apple's financial results, COO Tim Cook reiterated Apple's negative stance towards the netbook market. While many of us might want to see a relatively cheap Apple netbook with Mac OS X, all the recent figures do seem to confirm that it simply isn't a good idea for Apple.
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Apple's missing the point ...
by GenBlood on Fri 24th Apr 2009 01:55 UTC
GenBlood
Member since:
2006-07-05

Netbooks are selling good right now, due to
they are small and cheap. Asus 1000HE and
Dell mini 9 have a big following. I have 2
laptops , 1 Asus netbook and 5 desktop PCs.
A little over kill,but it's what I do for a
living.

So bottom line is, I would take my netbook
on trips for email, messaging and docs.
I prefer using a netbook because it's small
and if I damaged it or lost it. I wouldn't
be to heart broken over it. Damaging a $2500
laptop on trip sucks, but if I had to pick
between a damaged $2500 laptop or a $400 ...
The $400 netbook "WINS" ..

As far as I'm concerned, netbooks are only
used when I can't seat in front on my main
system at home.

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RE: Apple's missing the point ...
by lqsh on Fri 24th Apr 2009 03:28 in reply to "Apple's missing the point ..."
lqsh Member since:
2007-01-01

I disagree.

Netbooks are too hard to type on, too hard to read, too small to view web pages, and too cheap to last.

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I disagree.

Netbooks are too hard to type on, too hard to read, too small to view web pages, and too cheap to last.


There is no evidence that the build quality is any worse than the average laptop. They should be more reliable because of LED backlights, and solid storage (at least in my EeePC). I know I've dropped it a couple times already with no problems.

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Netbooks CAN work
by RavinRay on Fri 24th Apr 2009 04:32 in reply to "RE: Apple's missing the point ..."
RavinRay Member since:
2005-11-26

I disagree. Netbooks are too hard to type on, too hard to read, too small to view web pages, and too cheap to last.

Huh? Not for me and my IdeaPad S10, and for the students I've seen around campus using them. We all have different threshold and tolerance levels, after all. And too cheap to last? The oldest netbooks (the original Eee) is just appoaching two years in usage; if units of those are still working, I'd consider them stable.

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

I disagree.

Netbooks are too hard to type on, too hard to read, too small to view web pages, and too cheap to last.


It is very difficult to type on one - substandard size and mediocre tactile feedback. Better than many laptops, but nowhere near as 'clicky' as a real keyboard. Data entry with no number pad is especially frustrating.

The small screen is difficult for me too. It's good for a couple minutes at a time, but I couldn't stare at it all day without going blind. But think of the tiny screens on cell phones, PDAs, and portable game systems; and how much time people spend using those.

So obviously the netbooks are a poor substitute for a full size desktop. But they're not intended to be. Instead, think of them as an Extreme PDA - a Dell Axim that runs a full version of XP, has a screen that's 4X larger, has a physical keyboard, and costs half as much. Not that doesn't sound bad, does it?

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I disagree.

Netbooks are too hard to type on,


Personal opinion, and depends on the size of your hands. For many, the keyboards are just the right size without affecting total package size. Think elementary school kids (we have several schools here that have sign-out programs in the library for eeePCs, 1 school with a 1-to-1 math/art class using eeePCs, and a couple more school wanting to test them out), teenagers, etc.

too hard to read,


Depends on your eyesight, I guess. I find my eeePC 701 with 8-pt fonts quite legible, even when held out at almost arms-length. It just takes a little tuning to get the font settings right (Kubuntu 8.10 w/KDE 4.2).

too small to view web pages,


Depends on the screen size/resolution. The 480-px height on the eeePC 701 is a bit too small. The 600-px height on the 9" models would be better. But running Firefox in full-screen mode hasn't been all that annoying, even on long sites like Slashdot and OSNews.

and too cheap to last.


What are you doing? Playing frisbee with yours? We've yet to replace any of the ones in use in our elementary schools, and we've been using eeePC 701 4Gs for over six months now.

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