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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Too late
by biffuz on Thu 6th May 2010 11:10 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

Netbooks are seen as nothing more but tiny notebooks by 90% of the people out there, and they expect to have a x86 processor and Windows on them, even if they don't know what they are (I'm tired of replying to those saying it's not true, this has been discussed far too many times).

If Apple manages to create a viable worldwide market for tablets, this is where we'll see other options.

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RE: Too late
by jabjoe on Thu 6th May 2010 12:40 in reply to "Too late"
jabjoe Member since:
2009-05-06

Why could only Apple provide people with a low power lightweight web terminal? The Facebook masses don't care (or know) what OS or chip their browser is running on. They just want it to be slick, have a long battery life and work as a web terminal. If they want to type then you need a keyboard, and a keyboard means clamshell not tablet, at least to me.

Many normal people who bought a netbook thinking it would be a little laptop, returned them, Linux or not, when they found it wasn't up to the job of a laptop. Least that was my understanding.

There is a place for ARM's smartbooks waiting to be filled.

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