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[2]: what? where?
by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:36 UTC in reply to "RE: what? where?"
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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[3]: what? where?
by lurch_mojoff on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:57 in reply to "RE[2]: what? where?"
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Others - Netbook is a small laptop.

Yet, when someone points out that by and large netbooks are severely underpowered, even compared to low end notebooks, people jump out of the woodwork arguing that they are plenty powerful for what most people use computers for - browsing, email, IM, writing the occasional document.

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RE[3]: what? where?
by middleware on Tue 28th Apr 2009 13:55 in reply to "RE[2]: what? where?"
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Prefixing a term with "small" sometimes puts the result term into a different category from the original term. I wouldn't have any difficult in working hours on a word document on any laptop with 13' screen and standard keyboard, but I will never try to do so on a screen even 11'.

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