Netbooks

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    May 17, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    I've been thinking about getting a netbook. I have a laptop and use it mainly for checking e-mail and surfing the web. I also have an iphone that I use for e-mail and to, a lesser extent, to surf the web. If any of you have a netbook, when do you normally use it? Have you found that you use either your computer or phone less for checking e-mail and surfing the web? Or, alternatively, have you found that you don't use the netbook that much? I think I might use it mainly while watching television but, then again, I wonder if it might be one of those things that seem like a good idea but that never gets used much.
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    May 17, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    Mainly surfing the web and email while watching TV? Just get an ipad. You already have an iphone and presumably a Macbook. So it's kinda the next step to get an ipad. Go play around with one at the Apple Store. You might like it.
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    May 17, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    I picked one up the other week. The keyboard is only 92% full size so it's a little awkward to start with, but you get used to it. I use it a fair bit, whilst watching TV, traveling and it's real useful for my work too.
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    May 17, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    yeah but netbooks are like half the price.

    got a small Acer here, only flash memory, no hd.
    works ok , battery goes down in like 90 minutes if internet is enabled, so not really brilliant there.

    those atom processors are not very powerful, so apps need to be carefully selected. I use it for internet, word processing, video watching even.

    i take it everywhere with me.

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    May 17, 2010 9:11 AM GMT
    The main drawback for me is the video playback. If you tend to watch a lot of videos on the internet, then it's not such a great experience on a netbook. Unless you get a netbook with the Ion graphics chipset, that is.

    I decided not to get a netbook and got an 11" notebook from Acer instead. It's slightly bigger than a netbook. Weighs the same. But the CPU is so much better. I got the Core2Duo version, but the Celeron version is quite capable and blows away the Atom. The Celeron version is $100 - $150 more than a typical netbook, has better battery life, has a wider screen resolution, and has an HDMI port. To me, this is the perfect netbook.

    http://www.liliputing.com/2009/11/acer-aspire-1410-review-dual-core-version.html

    I think it's all personal preference and your intended usage. If you're looking for a time killing device, then the ipad makes sense. Especially if you already own Apple hardware. If you're looking for an ultra-portable computer, then a netbook makes sense.
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    May 17, 2010 9:52 AM GMT
    whilst personally I am loathed to recommend them, the best netbook I've ever layed hands on is the dell mini one, they seem kinda solid in comparison to others, handle pretty much everything you want and don't seem to be underpowered like most...

    Mostly...

    They are all kinda crap though.
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    May 17, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    Yeah - I'm not to interested in the iPad. I want an actual rather than virtual keyboard. Plus a web cam would be nice.

    I think I'll have to check out the Dell and the Acer. Thanks for the recommendations.
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    May 22, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    I love my netbook. I actually now use it more than my desktop because I can take it around the house with me as well as travel with it.

    I do everything with it that I do on my desktop with 2 exceptions: it's no good for video editing. It's also not good for photo editing due to the tiny screen.

    The netbook is an Asus Eee PC. Admittedly, I put Linux on it.
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    May 22, 2010 6:16 PM GMT
    Do NOT waste your money on an iPad.

    I wouldn't buy a netbook, either. A low-end laptop will suit you fine.
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    May 22, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
    reppaT saidDo NOT waste your money on an iPad.



    It was absolutely NOT a waste of money for me. I thought it might be a frivolous purchase, but I use it more than both my laptop and my phone. And for trips on an airplane, I don't know how I used to endure the hours before I had it. TV shows, movies, games... the beautiful screen can not be beat.

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    May 22, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
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    reppaT saidDo NOT waste your money on an iPad.



    It was absolutely NOT a waste of money for me. I thought it might be a frivolous purchase, but I use it more than both my laptop and my phone. And for trips on an airplane, I don't know how I used to endure the hours before I had it. TV shows, movies, games... the beautiful screen can not be beat.



    I'm sorry to disagree but a laptop or Powerbook can give you so much more. If you have money to throw around, then an iPad is for you. If not ... to each his own.
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    May 22, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    reppaT saidDo NOT waste your money on an iPad.

    I wouldn't buy a netbook, either. A low-end laptop will suit you fine.
    What do you not like about your iPad?
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    May 22, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    DjDorchester saidIt was absolutely NOT a waste of money for me. I thought it might be a frivolous purchase, but I use it more than both my laptop and my phone. And for trips on an airplane, I don't know how I used to endure the hours before I had it. TV shows, movies, games... the beautiful screen can not be beat.


    if I was to come sit on your lap, smile sweetly, play with your hair, croon gently and maybe nuzzle your neck...

    Could I play with it?
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    May 22, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    swimbikerun said
    reppaT saidDo NOT waste your money on an iPad.

    I wouldn't buy a netbook, either. A low-end laptop will suit you fine.
    What do you not like about your iPad?


    My partner gets all of my discarded toys. He's been making out like a bandit lately.

    The iPad is nothing but a large iPod touch. It's nothing more than a pleasant - or unpleasant - distraction. All hype, and no real, practical business applications.
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    May 22, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    I <3 my Asus EeePC netbook.

    But don't even think about installing Photoshop, Vegas, Adobe Premier, or any other high end program. You will not be able to use it.

    As for web, email, VIEWING pictures (and resizing, cropping, etc via small editing program), it works fine.
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    May 23, 2010 6:46 AM GMT
    I've also been wanting to buy a netbook, but I'm on Mac so kinda hesitating to get one.

    HP seems to make good ones, I noticed. icon_smile.gif
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    May 23, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    reppaTMy partner gets all of my discarded toys. He's been making out like a bandit lately.

    The iPad is nothing but a large iPod touch. It's nothing more than a pleasant - or unpleasant - distraction. All hype, and no real, practical business applications.


    For now, yes, I agree with you. the iPad is just a cool toy with more space. But when it will really take over is when developers start writing new apps to take advantage of the 10" real estate.

    For example:
    http://www.macgasm.net/2010/04/23/california-hospital-is-onboard-with-the-ipad/

    And not near as impressive, but there is a beta version of a restaurant POS system. Order, process, and pay for your meal right from the iPad without leaving the table.

    It's stuff like that, when implemented (6 months - 1 year) is what is going to make it such a great product. But currently, yes I agree with you, it's just an iPod touch on steroids.
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    May 24, 2010 12:14 PM GMT
    reppaT said
    swimbikerun said
    reppaT saidDo NOT waste your money on an iPad.

    I wouldn't buy a netbook, either. A low-end laptop will suit you fine.
    What do you not like about your iPad?


    My partner gets all of my discarded toys. He's been making out like a bandit lately.

    The iPad is nothing but a large iPod touch. It's nothing more than a pleasant - or unpleasant - distraction. All hype, and no real, practical business applications.



    My espresso maker has no real, practical business applications either. But I love it just the same.

    So the iPad isn't for you. I have no need for skis, but for skiers I guess it's pretty cool to have them. See my point? icon_smile.gif

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    May 24, 2010 12:15 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    DjDorchester saidIt was absolutely NOT a waste of money for me. I thought it might be a frivolous purchase, but I use it more than both my laptop and my phone. And for trips on an airplane, I don't know how I used to endure the hours before I had it. TV shows, movies, games... the beautiful screen can not be beat.


    if I was to come sit on your lap, smile sweetly, play with your hair, croon gently and maybe nuzzle your neck...

    Could I play with it?



    Just don't leave finger prints on "it."

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    May 25, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    Netbooks are horrible devices. Get a laptop if you reallly want a computer. If size, price and portability are a big issue then get an iPad or wait a few more months for iPad clones to show up in the market. Netbooks usability is terrible, portable devices are by far more intuitive with touch technology, with netbooks youre doomed to a touchpad and a mouse.
  • allatonce

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    May 25, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    I have a netbook and it is the only computer I have. I use it all the time. They keyboard doesn't bother me, I have an external wireless mouse (small) that I take with me everywhere. I need to be very portable so it is great to take where I am working, fits everywhere, doesn't bother my back like it did when I carried a full computer, and functions for everything I do. I am not a gamer or anything like that, but I have my itunes, internet, watch movies, microsoft office, and it all works well.