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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And some more...
by aahjnnot on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:52 UTC
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At last someone has been insightful enough to realise that, despite what Steve Jobs says, a netbook isn't a sub-par notebook. It's actually what a notebook ought to be: the smallest, lightest, most convenient general purpose computing device that it's possible to make. We have several mobile computing devices in our household that range from an iPod touch to a full size laptop. 9 times out of 10 I choose to use the netbook.

Despite the article's length, it doesn't really do more than scratch the surface of the things you can do with a netbook. Based on my family's usage, here are a few more differences.

- I can hook a netbook up to a projector and give a presentation
- I can install a full office suite onto a netbook and create content on the move
- I can edit my holiday photos on a netbook
- I can actually view my holiday snaps properly on a netbook
- I can craft code on a netbook
- I can hook up a lightweight graphics tablet and create artwork on a netbook

Thank you, Thom.

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RE: And some more...
by Bobthearch on Mon 27th Apr 2009 17:04 in reply to "And some more..."
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Important capabilities for me:

Running an office suite (currently Office 2000) to be compatible with work.

Ability to connect to USB devices: keyboard, scanner, printer, flash drive.

Ability to read SD cards: transfer apps and data to our in-house scientific equipment.

Ability to connect to full-size monitor for in-office use.


Like I said above, if Apple doesn't want to provide a product for users who need true computing in a portable device, so be it. But Cook's use of netbook bashing to justify their decision seems desperate and uninformed. It would be better for Apple if he'd simply shut up.

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RE[2]: And some more...
by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 18:20 in reply to "RE: And some more..."
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if Apple doesn't want to provide a product for users who need true computing in a portable device, so be it.

Apple does have a portable computing device, it's a MacBook. Guess what, your Netbook is a laptop too.

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