Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 6th May 2010 07:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In 2009 ARM showed off prototype netbooks "capable of driving HD content, can surf the web for 8 hours, and will cost round and about 250 USD". Yet still, none have made it to the market. Why do you think this is so? Because ARM signed a deal with Adobe in 2008 to bring Flash and AIR to the ARM architecture, a promise they will finally deliver later this year. And you wonder why Apple won't have Flash on the iPhone when it can hold back an entire product category for two years.
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by Arawn on Thu 6th May 2010 08:57 UTC
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..., I would like to get my hands on a ARM-based Linux-driven smartbook. Quite actually I don't give a crap about Flash or Silverlight, I just need something a little better than your average Atom-based netbook (tm?).

Wishlist: 1300x700-something 11" screen, nearly full-sized keyboard, SSD storage with 32GB is enough, 1GB RAM, Ethernet port, WiFi+BT, 2 USB, SD slot, around 1Kg weight. And fairly thin.

And I agree, I wish hard that Flash, Air, Silverlight, etc, etc have a fast and gruesome death.

Edit: didn't forget, but that's something we all want, lots of battery time... ;)

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RE: Shame...
by jgagnon on Thu 6th May 2010 16:20 in reply to "Shame..."
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You might want to check out the Asus EEE 1201N netbook. It uses the Atom 330 CPU (dual core with hyperthreading). It comes with nVidia's ION chip and you can actually play World of Warcraft on the thing at around 20 FPS. I have one and would claim it to be sufficiently powerful for most things. I am far, far, far happier with this model than my previous one (1000HA).

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