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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by Hiev on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:36 UTC
Hiev
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2005-09-27

If you need to replace the HD or other hardware from your netbook, or change the OS, or anything, then you don't need a netbook, you need a laptop. Netbooks are cheap and disposable machines witch goal is to cover basic tasks and it will last at least a couple of years or less.

The problem is that people want to treat netbooks as laptos, and that is wrong.

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by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 18:08 in reply to "..."
lqsh Member since:
2007-01-01

Agreed 100%

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by phoenix on Mon 27th Apr 2009 22:20 in reply to "..."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

If you need to replace the HD or other hardware from your netbook, or change the OS, or anything, then you don't need a netbook, you need a laptop. Netbooks are cheap and disposable machines witch goal is to cover basic tasks and it will last at least a couple of years or less.

The problem is that people want to treat netbooks as laptos, and that is wrong.


So, when the internal SSD wears out, you expect people to replace the whole machine? When they want to add more storage to their palmtop, you want them to replace the whole machine? When they want to replace a dead wireless NIC, you want them to replace the whole machine?

No, palmtops are not full-fledged laptops (ever tried using a 7" model on your lap? works better held in one hand). But they most certainly are full-fledged computers, and can be used like one.

Palmtops are still over $250 US, they most certainly are not "disposable". Maybe when they reach <$100 US, then we can treat them as "disposable".

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Not disposable
by RavinRay on Tue 28th Apr 2009 00:36 in reply to "..."
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2005-11-26

If you need to replace the HD or other hardware from your netbook, or change the OS, or anything, then you don't need a netbook, you need a laptop.

Well, I'm willing to upgrade my IdeaPad 10.
Netbooks are cheap and disposable machines witch goal is to cover basic tasks and it will last at least a couple of years or less.

Cheap? Yes. Disposable? Most certainly not! Why bother making a short-lived machine? Doesn't make sense. And tell that to netbook owners who use Autodesk and Adobe suites on their netbooks.
The problem is that people want to treat netbooks as laptos, and that is wrong.

What's wrong with that? When you look at the two objectively, netbooks and laptops have the same basic design with differences here and there, not enough for them to be treated differently.

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by phoudoin on Tue 28th Apr 2009 15:13 in reply to "..."
phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

If you need to replace the HD or other hardware from your netbook, or change the OS, or anything, then you don't need a netbook, you need a laptop. Netbooks are cheap and disposable machines witch goal is to cover basic tasks and it will last at least a couple of years or less.

Then, no "netbooks" currently available are "netbook" by your definition. All allows changing HD/SSD and memory at least, and expanding it by plug whatever USB devices in. Last but not least, all allows installing/removing any piece of software you want, including the whole OS.

The problem is that people want to treat netbooks as laptos, and that is wrong.

I fail to see why it's a problem. People treat their devices according to *their* needs, not marketing expectations.

Netbooks are cheap and disposable machines witch goal is to cover basic tasks and it will last at least a couple of years or less.

It's 2009. Whatever computing device limited on purpose to do only a small set of what it's capable and marketed as a trash-it-buy-newer-one is definitively out of my scope.

I've discovered bringing a thin phone which does only phone and my own Samsung NC10 + company-given 3G+ USB key is a better combo for me than the company-given iPhone alone. On battery time alone, it's... apple and orange (pun intended).

I don't care what iPhone fans think about that, but clearly Apple *should* have care more : asserting their product cover better my needs doesn't make it true, sorry.

Edited 2009-04-28 15:18 UTC

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