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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what? where?
by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:21 UTC
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"the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of filling the netbook niche."

Where did Apple say this?

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RE: what? where?
by Bobthearch on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:27 in reply to "what? where?"
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2006-01-27

Cook asserted that for many people an iPhone or iPod Touch would be a better alternative to a mini-notebook. “We have other products to accomplish some of what people are buying netbooks for,” he said.”

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Apple-CFO-Netbooks-...

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RE[2]: what? where?
by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 18:01 in reply to "RE: what? where?"
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Cook asserted that for many people an iPhone or iPod Touch would be a better alternative to a mini-notebook.


For some mobile users (that don't want to haul around a netbook) an iPod Touch is a better 'alternative'.

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RE: what? where?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:30 in reply to "what? where?"
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"the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of filling the netbook niche."

Where did Apple say this?


Jobs on netbooks:

http://www.osnews.com/story/20424/Jobs_on_Cheap_Computers_Netbooks

"You know, one of our entrants into that category if you will is the iPhone, for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do. And being connected via the cellular network wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket."

Cook on netbooks:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Apple-CFO-Netbooks-...

"Cook asserted that for many people an iPhone or iPod Touch would be a better alternative to a mini-notebook. "We have other products to accomplish some of what people are buying netbooks for," he said.""

There you are.

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RE[2]: what? where?
by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:36 in reply to "RE: what? where?"
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2007-01-01

I guess what Jobs defines a NetBook to be is not the same as others do.

Jobs - Netbook lets you surf the net, check email, watch videos etc.

Others - Netbook is a small laptop.

In some ways I agree with Jobs. A netbook doesn't have to be the exact same thing as a laptop (but only smaller).

Why is a NetBook a separate category? Its just a laptop with a 10 (9, 7, whatever) screen.

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RE[2]: what? where?
by Chicken Blood on Mon 27th Apr 2009 17:13 in reply to "RE: what? where?"
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2005-12-21

So in both cases the implication was that the iPhone fulfills some of the needs of the netbook market.

Nobody said that it fills that niche.

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RE[2]: what? where?
by macUser on Mon 27th Apr 2009 17:45 in reply to "RE: what? where?"
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2006-12-15

""the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of filling the netbook niche."

Where did Apple say this?


Jobs on netbooks:

http://www.osnews.com/story/20424/Jobs_on_Cheap_Computers_Netbooks

"You know, one of our entrants into that category if you will is the iPhone, for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do. And being connected via the cellular network wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket."

Cook on netbooks:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Apple-CFO-Netbooks-...

"Cook asserted that for many people an iPhone or iPod Touch would be a better alternative to a mini-notebook. "We have other products to accomplish some of what people are buying netbooks for," he said.""

There you are.
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They are saying that for what some people would use a netbook for, the iPhone will do the same job. I don't see anything in those statements that says the iPhone makes netbooks irrelevant.

I would agree with them. I honestly don't need a netbook, but the iPhone suits my needs perfectly. Does it suit everybody's needs perfectly? No. Why all the drama? It's like you guys are personally offended that Apple isn't in the netbook market.

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RE[2]: what? where?
by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 18:04 in reply to "RE: what? where?"
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for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do.


Yeah, 'all the other things' doesn't make too much sense. For browsing the Internet and doing email though, I much prefer the 'fits in my pocket' feature.

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RE: what? where?
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:40 in reply to "what? where?"
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2005-07-06

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Apple-CFO-Netbooks-...

Cook asserted that for many people an iPhone or iPod Touch would be a better alternative to a mini-notebook. “We have other products to accomplish some of what people are buying netbooks for,” he said.”


That is, however, a little more equivocal/qualified than the statement "the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of filling the netbook niche."

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