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: Thom is still wrong.
by galvanash on Mon 27th Apr 2009 21:59 UTC in reply to "Thom is still wrong."
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My iPod Touch is an amazing netbook. It is really portable - I can take internet...

On the other hand, the netbooks I see just end up being slow small laptops with no actual benefit for their size...

Seriously, is anyone writing software for designed for netbooks? If not, it's just a copycat PC laptop... though small.

Your post pretty much sums up exactly what a netbook is, while hijacking the term to describe something completely different - and YOU are the one painstackingly pointing out exactly WHY it is different.

A netbook is an inexpensive, compact notebook (pretty much what you said it is). Thats it. It IS just a copycat of a PC laptop - that is the fricken point. Its just smaller and cheap. There is no "special" software for it because it ISNT special, the only notable thing about it that differentiates it from a run-of-the-mill laptop is the screen is a bit more cramped then normal - which most people consider as a necessary evil, not a feature.

An iphone is NOT a netbook, yet you want to use that term to describe it... Which is strange since you just spent a bunch of words explaining why it is totally different than a netbook. No one said netbooks are better or anything, iphones are great. But they arent netbooks.

My only explanation is that you are actually jealous that the new "in" thing is for once NOT an Apple product, and since you don't have one you feel compelled to call your iphone a netbook to make yourself feel better...

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RE[2]: Thom is still wrong.
by NathanHill on Tue 28th Apr 2009 00:19 in reply to "RE: Thom is still wrong."
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See my post above.

Netbooks are being trumped and defined by what they do, more than what their form factor is. Thus, we have many different netbook sizes. Pretty soon, 12" laptops are going to be called netbooks. I am just hoping they actually end up doing something different or providing a unique user experience over a laptop.

Because I think they can. At least, that is the netbook I am waiting on.

In the meanwhile, I have my iPod Touch as a great little netbook - it does have an irregular sort of form factor, but darn it, it does what a netbook needs to do.

No jealousy here. A satisfied customer on one hand... and a hopeful customer on the other.

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RE[3]: Thom is still wrong.
by MattPie on Tue 28th Apr 2009 15:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Thom is still wrong."
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As others pointed out, your iPod doesn't fold, it's not a book. ;)

In all seriousness, by your logic anything that can do 'netbook' operations is a netbook. So by that definition, if I install Ubuntu netbook-remix onto the 10lb 17" HP laptop I have here at work, it's now a netbook.

The other poster was right: your iPod is a cool little device, I wouldn't call it a netbook. That is as silly as people that call the system case of a desktop PC the 'hard drive'.

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RE[3]: Thom is still wrong.
by sbergman27 on Tue 28th Apr 2009 15:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Thom is still wrong."
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Netbooks are being trumped and defined by what they do, more than what their form factor is.

Only by companies which missed the boat and are casting about for something... anything... in their extant offerings that they can pretend is really a netbook until they can get their real netbook onto the market.

Edited 2009-04-28 15:57 UTC

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