Earlier today, I met with someone who wanted to show me the Web site they were developed. He pulled out an Acer netbook, which could easily described as “cute”.
It’s small, lets you do basic computing (Word processing, Web browsing, e-mail) and sells for about $350 – although I suspect you’ll probably see on sale for $249 to $299 during the holidays. As well, there are the $100 computers from the Give One, Get One program..
Is this the future of mobile computing? Will be the future see us using cheap, no-frills Netbooks when we don’t want to lug around a laptop? Personally, I can easily see having a work/home laptop AND a mobile/travel/vacation/conference laptop.
As much as the NetBook concept is appealing, it could also be doomed by the emergence of smartphones such as the iPhone and Blackberry Bold. A friend, who just abandoned his Blackberry Pearl for an iPhone (mostly due to the application ecosystem) gushed the iPhone could be his new mobile computing device.
When you think about it, the iPhone lets you check e-mail, surf the Web, blog and take notes. Granted, the keyboard is not as elegant or easy as a laptop but surely there’s are mini-keyboards to get over this hurdle.
So, what would you use as a mobile computer: