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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If I can use Skype on the iPhone...
by lienvu on Tue 28th Apr 2009 19:26 UTC
lienvu
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2009-04-28

I can see most of the posts have the US centric idea. It is more important to think outside of the US box. You probably will appreciate more about the meaning of a netbook. In many countries, free WiFi is available in every corner of your life. You have it at the airport, in your commuter train, or sometimes in a community (village, town, or city). With a netbook computer, you don’t have to subscribe to anything. You have connection to anyone anywhere without extra cost. To me, free of connection cost, mobility and networking are the essences of a netbook computer. This is why the netbook computer is more popular in European and Asian countries. I think iPhone is nice. If you have extra money to spend, why not!

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macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

I can see most of the posts have the US centric idea. It is more important to think outside of the US box. You probably will appreciate more about the meaning of a netbook. In many countries, free WiFi is available in every corner of your life. You have it at the airport, in your commuter train, or sometimes in a community (village, town, or city). With a netbook computer, you don’t have to subscribe to anything. You have connection to anyone anywhere without extra cost. To me, free of connection cost, mobility and networking are the essences of a netbook computer. This is why the netbook computer is more popular in European and Asian countries. I think iPhone is nice. If you have extra money to spend, why not!


If that's the case, iPod Touches have built in wifi. ;) I believe you can even get attachments to allow VOIP like skype to work.

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