Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Jun 2009 21:54 UTC
Google We've been talking a lot about ARM-based netbooks, and when they're going to come. We've also been talking about Android on netbooks. Well, at Computex, analyst firm Gartner took a look at ARM netbooks running Android, compared them with Atom notebooks running Windows 7, and concluded that the interface on the former felt snappier.
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RE: not a fair comparison
by ricegf on Tue 16th Jun 2009 11:14 UTC in reply to "not a fair comparison"
ricegf
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2007-04-25

"If you want to make a comparison Android should be compaired (sic) to WinCE 6.5."

Don't be silly. Microsoft won't sell WinCE on ARM as a netbook operating system - they're pushing Win 7 on Atom. WinCE is a niche player in the cell phone market, nothing more.

The question is whether a $100 ARM smartbook running Android is snappier than a $500 Atom netbook running Win 7. The answer is, "Yes!".

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RE[2]: not a fair comparison
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 16th Jun 2009 11:17 in reply to "RE: not a fair comparison"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Don't be silly. Microsoft won't sell WinCE on ARM as a netbook operating system - they're pushing Win 7 on Atom. WinCE is a niche player in the cell phone market, nothing more.


Well, NVIDIA did use WinCE on its Tegra netbooks during Computex, including an NVIDIA-built interface, so I wouldn't be so sure of that.

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RE[3]: not a fair comparison
by ricegf on Tue 16th Jun 2009 13:11 in reply to "RE[2]: not a fair comparison"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I checked several announcements (including Engadget) and saw no indication that Microsoft is *pushing* WinCE for smartbooks - indeed, they seem to want to kill the entire "low cost portable" market so they can get back to the high-end laptop market they dominate so profitably.

But thanks (honestly) for pointing out the lone WinCE smartbook. I had missed the announcement amongst the flood of Android announcements, and wasn't even aware anyone had even tried. If smartbooks take off as much as so many expect, I would guess Microsoft will *want* to push WinCE, just as they backtracked on killing XP when Linux netbooks exploded and Vista proved unsuitable.

We live in interesting times. Thanks for making them more interesting for me. :-)

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