With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.
Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.
The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.
With Ipad sales breaching 2,000,000 units already the question must be asked, “Will the tablet PC replace the netbook in the future of small, portable computers?”
One thing is certain, tablet PC’s and netbooks both have advantages and disadvantages over each other and do in-fact serve slightly different purposes. The tablet PC is built for content consumption and very light content creation. With it a consumer can read books, check and send e-mail, watch movies (even in HD), and play games. The netbook on the other hand is built for content creation as well as light content consumption. A standard windows operation system allows the netbook to create most content a standard laptop can create and edit.
Pricing is another factor worth considering. Netbooks can be purchased for $250 – $300 while Ipads are in the $500+ range. Those looking for a cheap mobile computer will have to spend about twice as much for the tablet PC unless prices come down.
In my opinion there will likely be a device in the future that is more content creation friendly than the Ipad but also has the content consumption features that make it appealing. I do not believe tablet PC’s will replace netbooks until a college student can realistically bring a tablet PC to school as an all-in-one solution for their computing needs.
Although the new Atom N455 and N475 chips haven’t seen any speed increases, they now have DDR3 capable memory controllers. This will improve system performance because the rate at which data is transferred between the CPU and memory will be quicker.
HP and Fujitsu have both announced their intentions to use the Atom N455 and N475 in future netbooks. HP will be updating their mini 210 netbook and Fujitsu will be updating their MH380-1A netbook. Pricing for neither netbook has been released at this time.
The Fujitsu MH380-1A will be available June 17, 2010. It is still unknown when the HP mini 2010 netbook will be available.
Microsoft officially announced the end of the Windows XP operating system on new netbook sales two years ago but recently reminded the public about the deadline. Windows 7 will be installed on all new netbooks after October 22, 2010.
Cheap netbooks will see price increases because the system requirements for Windows 7 are much more demanding than windows xp and the cost to the manufacturer for the operating system itself will go up $15 – $25. Because of this consumers seeking the cheapest possible option will likely order netbooks available from manufacturers outside of the U.S.
Microsoft currently has a windows 7 upgrade for netbook users currently using Windows XP. The upgrade can be downloaded directly so netbook users without CD-ROM drives can still use windows 7. The windows 7 netbook upgrade comes in both 32 and 64-bit versions.
Packard Bell, the company owned by Acer, has just announced the launch of a new netbook, the 10 inch Dot S4. With the exception of its design, this seems to be just another standard netbook. The Dot S4 runs on the Atom N450 processor, includes 1 GB of RAM, 160GB of hard drive, a choice of 3 or 6 cell battery, and Windows 7. Other additions include Wi-Fi and a chiclet keyboard. It is not yet known how much the Dot S4 will cost or in which countries it will be available.
According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, Sony is planning to enter the tablet market and compete with Apple by developing a product similar to the iPad. Some analysts assume that this device, whose details are quite limited, will run on Google Android OS though its possible it could run Windows 7 instead. No one yet knows. However, Sony has never been one to undercut its competition on price and therefore we may be looking at a device costing more than the iPad which might hurt its foray into this market.
It seems that Sprint got a bit too excited about its decent EVO 4G sales. It had originally stated that it sold 3x as many phones within the first day that their best phones had sold over 3 days. What it actually meant was that it sold in one day 3 days worth of phones. They double counted that triple multiplier it seems.
Regardless, they are sold out of the EVO 4G and analysts estimate that it sold a not too shabby 150,000 on launch. Nowhere near a 1 million unit iPhone kind of launch, but an achievement for Sprint and Android nonetheless.
Sony has just announced that they are taking pre-orders for their new second generation Vaio P Netbook. Some of the the netbook’s notable characteristics include its low weight (weighing a measly 1.3 ponds), its high price ($899), and of course its unique design consisting of rounded corners and bright color cases. The Vaio P comes in Icy White, Neon Green, Classic Black, Hot Pink, and Electric Orange.
Unfortunately for Sony, there is nothing all that notable about its specs: 1.60GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and choice of 64GB or 129GB of storage. It also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1,and Windows 7 operating system.
July 1st will be the day that the Acer Aspire One D260 netbook becomes available to the masses. This netbook is unique in that it can dual boot with Android OS and Windows 7. While the Android aspect is not part of the standard option, it is nonetheless available to buyers interested in a netbook with a 15 second boot time. Gone will be the days of having to wait several minutes before checking one’s e-mail.
With the exception of the dual boot option, the netbook has all of the standard specifications. It comes with a 10 inch WSVGA display, a 1024 x 600 resolution, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, and runs on Intel’s 1.66Ghz Atom N455 processor. You can also choose between a 160GB or 250GB hard drive and between 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Other complementary features include WiFi, a webcam, and 8 hours of run time provided by the netbook’s 6-cell battery. With the battery, that weight comes to 2.75 pounds. Acer has not yet revealed how much this netbook will cost, and whether or not the masses will flock to this netbook will depend on this last feature.
At Computex, Acer showed off their first netbook run on Google Chrome OS. Most analysts agree that while Acer may be the first company showcasing such a netbook, other companies will soon follow suite due to the strength and flexibility of Google Chrome OS and also because Acer is not the only company to have struck a partnership with Google. Which company will be next?
Yesterday, Steve Jobs unveiled one of the most anticipated products of the year, the Apple iPhone 4 and the consensus seems to be that it did not disappoint. There are many new upgrades and additions to this phone, such as a new body, better display, a second camera, and new OS to name just a few.
Its dimensions come out to 4.5×2.31×0.37 inches. The phone weighs 137 grams, making it just a bit heavier than the 3GS (by 3 grams). However, the differences in size and weight are minor enough that they are probably indiscernible to most. The back of the phone has become flatter, the edges more squared off, giving the phone a more powerful look and feel.
While the screen is slightly smaller than the 3GS, the phone makes up for that with twice the resolution of older iPhones 960 x 640 as compared to 480 x 320. Keep in mind that the EVO 4G only sports an 800 x 480 resolution. The phone’s pixel density (or PPI) is also the highest of any current smartphone. Having an improved display will become extremely useful in the context of watching videos, which will become even more commonplace with the arrival of the new Netflix app.
The iPhone 4 comes with an additional camera, a front camera which will be used for face chatting, along with an improved 5-mexapixel back camera with LED flash.
One of the biggest surprises is the introduction of a new OS to the phone, the iOS 4. You can read more about the iOS4 here.
The phone will run on the a4 processor, the processor also being used in the iPad. Additionally, the iPhone will come with a 16% larger battery than the one found in the 3G, which will result in an improvement in battery life by 40%. Not bad Steve. This will allow up to 7 hours of talking, 6 hours of browsing, and 10 hours of video.
For all those interested in purchasing this new phone (in either Black or White) and who live in the US, UK, France, Japan, and Germany, it will be available on June 24th. The rest of the world will have to wait anxiously till July. With a new contract, the 16GB version will cost you $199, and the 32GB, $299. Without a contract the phones will cost $599 and $699 respectively.
Check out a video of the new iPhone 4g:
Now that apple has the iPad in addition to the iPhone and iPod touch all running the same OS, it makes even less sense to call it the iPhone Operating System. Thus, the iOS is born. But, as the network engineers reading this know, Cisco already has a trademark on IOS for all of its router and network switch operating systems. Then we hear the patent lawyers say there is no problem. Trademarks depend on the market segment so an operating system for consumer devices can have the same name as an operating system for network devices.
Apple doesn’t want to deal with all this nonsense, so it has instead licensed the use the trademark so that Cisco doesn’t sue. Litigation costs are kept to a minimum and everybody wins.
Some of the highlights of the new operating system include: multitasking; one inbox for all your email accounts; Bing has been added to the list of search engines; clicking on an iAd keeps you in app still (this should increase earnings for app companies as clicks/impressions will inevitably go up) and many many developer tools and APIs.
The “Golden Master Candidate” version of iOS 4 is now available for developers, so head out and create some amazing app that will make you a million bucks.
The Compaq Presario CQ62Z looks and feels like a notebook. It sports an attractive 15.6 inch screen, runs at 2.2GHZ on an AMD V-Series V120 CPU, comes with the choice of 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and storage options of 250GB or 500GB. It also brings with it ATI’s HD 4250 graphics card, LED backlighting, a 1466 x 768 resolution and is powered by a 6-cell battery.
The price however is a different story. While most, including myself, would assume this notebook costs $800 or $900, you can actually acquire this unit for only $379.99, a price reserved for netbooks not notebooks. So is this a notebook? a netbook? neither? both? I’ll let you decide. All I know is, it’s a great deal.
In an attempt to attract more customers, PC treasures is trying a whole new gimmick by releasing their netbook software suite on a USB drive and SD card. This bundled package comes with everything from McAfee VirusScan with 1 year subscription and ACDsee Photo Manager to Corel WordPerfect Office X3 and Stuffit Deluxe 2009 (for a full software list click the link below). This package is being released for $35 and in my opinion, $25 too much.
Adidas, a company most recognized by its sneakers brand, has moved towards the tech sector by branding a special edition Samsung N150 netbook. Along with the Adidas logo are patterns representing the world cup, an event I’m sure Adidas is heavily participating in. In addition to the branding, the special edition netbook comes with Windows 7, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 250GB hardrive. Those are the only distinctions between the special edition and regular version of the N150 netbook.
It is uncertain whether this netbook will make an appearance in US market or how much Adidas paid for this honor. What is certain however, is that along with the netbook, Adidas also branded a similarly designed pouch and mouse.
AT&T announced last week that they will be discontinuing their $30 unlimited data plans for users of netbooks and smartphones. While current subscribers will not be affected, future interested users will have the option to purchase either a 200MB data plan for $15/month plan or 2GB data plan for $25/month. Since the only users who really require more than 2GB of data are iPhone users, netbook users need not be concerned and might actually save $5/month or more.
At Computex 2010, Onkyo revealed a new netbook with not one, but two 10.1 inch LCD screens. Along with two screens, $956 will land you a netbook with AMD’s 1.6GHz Neo MV-40 processor, 320GB of hard-drive, 2GB of ram, and ATI’s Radeon HD 3200 graphics card. Additionally, it comes with a webcam, wifi, bluetooth capabilities, Windows 7, and a battery lasting close to 4 hours.
This is definitely not a cheap netbook and we believe there are numerous other more inexpensive and better alternatives out there. However, should you want to acquire this model, it will go on sale for $956 in December.
Maybe netbook manufacturers are showing MeeGo a lot of love at Computex this year. Novell is developing an OpenSuse version of MeeGo that should be available on netbooks within the next year. Linpus as well will be delivering their own flavor of MeeGo borrowing some elements from their already available Linpus Lite for netbooks.
Success would be impossible without the hardware side but luckily MeeGo has allies in that camp as well. Quanta and Intel are collaborating on a 10-inch MeeGo tablet hopefully coming out next year. Other companies that have pledged support include: Acer, Asus, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, and Orange. MeeGo will be a powerful force come 2011.
It appears that there is a new Eee PC coming out soon and will be sporting the AMD v105 processor and ATI Radeon HD 4200. Before any gets too excited though, it should be noted that this machine was not even running a full OS. Based on the original report, it seems like that this machine was rushed to Computex just to have something to show. Stay tuned and as more information comes out on this new Asus netbook it will be posted here. Get a sneak peek at the video below:
Via Netbook News