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 phoudoin on Tue 28th Apr 2009 15:13 UTC in reply to "..."
phoudoin
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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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