First major "smartbook" hits town in April

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17 Responses to “First major "smartbook" hits town in April”

  1. dculberson says:

    “10 PR hours,” good only in Admanistan. 5 hours in Therestoftheworldica?

  2. chip says:

    $500 for less processing power than a $300 netbook? What’s so smart about that? The new EeePC 1001P gets similar battery life (longer, if you believe the specs) for $200 less than this, and it will actually run Windows.

    Pretty much everybody is already paying $40-$60 a month for 3G data on their smartphone. Why on earth would you sign up to pay AGAIN for this Skylight thing, when you can just tether your phone to a normal netbook?

    This seems like an expensive solution to a problem that has already been solved by a much cheaper product.

  3. Church says:

    “… making them little less than unpleasant laptops.”

    Shouldn’t that be “little more?”

    Also, why am I fixated on that sentence?

  4. reesemlm says:

    “People keep saying that netbooks are dead, and they’re right”

    but, but, but..”It’s really just a new generation of netbooks”

    so it’s a new dead netbook.

  5. Brainspore says:

    Inexpensive ultra-portable computers aren’t going anywhere. Whether they are called “netbooks” or something else is a merely semantics.

  6. Anonymous says:

    netbooks are dead because small, light, cheap, long battery life, lower CPU power machines have “merged back into the mainstream”?

    I think you got it backwards. Laptops are dead, because small, light, cheap, long battery life, lower CPU power machines REPLACED THEM.

  7. Flaubertine says:

    Actually the ‘antenna’ is a removable USB-drive; the aim being to allow users to port their data between devices a little in the manner of a thumbdrive linux disto… This looks good, but what I’d like would be a *really* light (less than 500g) laptop alternative that still had a usable keyboard and screen and could run for a whole day on a single charge…

  8. Daemon says:

    Drop the price by half, and remove the cellphone garbage and I might be interested.

    Using a “smartphone os” really cripples it to me.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Once, those eager to declare netbooks as dead, reveal themselves as simply ignorant. This is revealed when they label a netbook as an ‘unpleasant laptop’. If you bought a netbook, thinking you were getting a cheap laptop, then yeah, it’s probably unpleasant. However, I, like many others, bought my netbook so as to get a netbook. I bought it because of the small size, not in spite of it, and it was still far cheaper than any laptop(don’t be fooled by the fact that there are lots of 12″ laptops with $500 price tags billing themselves as laptops. I paid $350 for my netbook). Until laptops get folding screens that make it possible to fold down to the size of ‘Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners’ I’ll keep buying netbooks as well.

  10. Rob Beschizza says:

    Church: Definitely a little less!

    Reesemlm: Le netbook est mort, viva l’est netbook!

  11. sirkowski says:

    Pfff, I still love my netbook. :-/

  12. Anonymous says:

    I still think that my netbook -Samsung Nc10- is the best buy I’ve done in a very long time. Netbooks are dead? Please.

  13. Xenu says:

    Looks like someone is still ripping off Apple’s “toilet seat” design.

  14. jwb says:

    Why do they insist on putting trackpads on these things when they have trackpoint on their real laptops? The trackpoint is a huge win because you can use it without moving your hands off the keyboard.

  15. Zadaz says:

    Why the heck does their product render feature a giant doohickey in front of the screen? Is that an antenna or some kind of awkward port cover or thumb drive? Does it have to be in front of the screen? Even for the low, low price of $500 I’d expect to not have random bits of the case obscuring the screen.

    • chip says:

      The doohickey is almost certainly the cell antenna. It looks like it folds flat into a hollow above the keyboard for storage, then folds out and sticks out the side when in use. Not sure why they chose to render it halfway between these two positions.

      Frankly, I’m not sure why they have it at all. Cell phones and normal netbooks manage to receive 3G data with small, internal antennas. Why this needs a Hershey-bar-sized paddle sticking out the side and getting in the way is beyond me.

      • talzaken says:

        I’m pretty sure that the doohickey is actually a USB stick, and it comes in either 4gb or 16gb. That’s pretty clever in my opinion. This cloud-book think could definitely benefit from removable storage, and it does it without taking up extra space. Not bad.

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