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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17" vs 13"
by lqsh on Mon 27th Apr 2009 18:24 UTC
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I think we all get lost in the wording.

I have a 17" laptop and and 13" Macbook. Should I automatically be calling my Macbook a Netbook since the screen is much smaller?

If not, why should I call my 10" Netbook a Netbook, just because the screen is smaller?

It was a huge mistake creating a new category called a netbook just because it has a smaller screen, in my opinion.

Edited 2009-04-27 18:25 UTC

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RE: 17" vs 13"
by invent00r on Mon 27th Apr 2009 20:54 in reply to "17" vs 13""
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You don't understand what netbook really stands for. What really differs from other laptops is their goal. A netbook does not replace for a desktop computer, it tries, however to be the most capable, cheapest, portable, smalest computer you can have to follow you wherever you go. They are weak by definition, but they are meant to be that way.

A laptop actually aims to be a replacement for desktop computer. The keyword is really replacement. Both my sister (She has a Macbook) and my dad also uses 1 laptop and no desktop PC. I can't honestly see them working on a 10'' screen every single day while they are at home. It would just not do.

A Macbook is something Mac made up to describe their own category of laptops.

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RE[2]: 17" vs 13"
by phoenix on Mon 27th Apr 2009 22:25 in reply to "RE: 17" vs 13""
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A Macbook is something Mac made up to describe their own category of laptops.

MacBook is a brand-name, not a device category.

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