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Tuesday April 07 2009

What started here on Saturday as a discussion of the PurseBook turned, in the comments, into a comparison between my little laptop, Jesus (i.e. the original Eee-PC), and the Samsung version of the netbook, the NC-10.  So yesterday, I went looking for the now highly recommended NC10, to see how the two devices compared.  In one of the Micro Anvika shops in Tottenham Court Road, they were kind enough to let me photo the two side by side:

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I confirm that the keyboard on the NC10 is just within the comfortable range of a small-handed touch typist like me, whereas Jesus’s keyboard is just too small.

The other key difference is screen size, and I’ve done a little photoshop(clone)ping to highlight the difference.  (Ideally, I should have switched Jesus on, but I only realised this too late.) Jesus’s screen is really very small by comparison, as I hope you can see.  Equally pertinent, the Samsung screen looks to be quite a bit better and more detailed.  Certainly Windows look very fine on it, far better than cludgy Linux looks on Jesus.

I’m a very bad judge of weight, but I was a teeny bit disappointed by the admittedly quite light NC10, having expected something more dramatically light, more like a Christmas card than a regular laptop.  But, the weight is certainly not a problem.

I don’t regret getting Jesus.  He served me well during my recent frenzy of mobility at the time of my Mum’s death and then funeral.  Above all, Jesus cured me of any hankerings towards using Linux for serious everyday life.  But, put it this way: you can now buy Jesus for under £150 quid new in a London shop, which is way less than half what the shops are charging for the NC10.  I reiterate the offer I made in my previous posting.  Hundred quid laptop anyone?

For just a bit more, and if you don’t mind lugging around something just that bit bigger and heavier, you might prefer the NC20.

The NC-10 has a big battery and thus long battery life. This adds to the weight a bit.

The NC-20 is IMO not nearly as well designed as the NC-10. If I was looking for a 12 inch laptop there are others I would choose.

The other netbook that is interesting to look at at the moment is the Asus 1000HE.

http://promos.asus.com/US/1000HE/ASUS/index.html

This is the first decent realisation of the 2009 featureset, whereas the NC-10 is the best realisation of the 2008 features.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 07 April 2009

There is also talk at the moment of a version of the Android Operating system (presently only available on mobile phones, but developed and supported by Google) becoming available on netbooks. This has Linux underneath but the support of Google might mean a standard and user friendly interface. This is not greatly different from the situation with Apple and Max OS-X in some ways. (In the Mac case, the underlying OS is BSD Unix rather than Linux, but for most practical purposes that makes no difference).

The issue as to what OS is going to run on netbooks running on ARM based (rather tnan Intel based) CPUs is going to come up at some point. Windows may not be an option, although if I were Microsoft I would be working very hard to attempt to ensure that it is an option.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 07 April 2009

I just got back from lugging an NC-10 around on holiday for three weeks.  It did the job well, and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to do the same with my old school laptop.

Posted by Rob Fisher on 20 April 2009

PS - the 6 hour battery life did come in very useful.

Posted by Rob Fisher on 20 April 2009
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