San Diego Real Estate......PDA's,Notebook Computers, Tablet PC's, Smartphones and Now.....Netbooks, The Pros and Cons
If you are wondering what a Netbook is, it hasn’t been exactly defined but if you are thinking of a Netbook as a scaled -up smart phone or a scaled down notebook, both answers are correct.
If you think of the scaled up smart phone, then think of it as a 10 to 12” inch screen and qwerty keyboard. They are of course heavier than a smart phone by a pound or two. With a built in function of connecting wirelessly to the Internet, they are designed to run on online software. Think Top Producer and those kind of on-line programs.
If you are thinking of the netbook as a scaled down notebook computer, then you must be clear that you have to leave out the ability to run most software that would be normally installed on the hard drive. The processor is less robust and they would not have a built in CD Rom or DVD device. At least the early editions do not have them. The future though is uncertain how these hybrids will transform.
Apple is reported to be coming out with an iTablet in the fall but up to now, Apple will not confirm it. That would be equivalent of the Apple Netbook.
What is known is that Netbooks are more streamlined portable computers than the more traditional type of notebook computers and will more than likely end up competing with the sales of smart phones. They range in price after rebates and the signed data agreements for the available data plans from the $300 to $600 range. The lower cost Netbooks are also being subsidized by phone cell providers.
I would guess that many Baby Boomers who have resisted the notebook for accessing the Internet will be a major purchaser of the new Netbooks. Another group would REALTORS that will discover that with a data plan they carry the entire MLS around with them for on the fly access. Obviously students will find them useful as well. Because of the lower price point and the larger screen, I think over time, the new Netbooks will find a large audience of consumers ready to make the plunge.
A number of major cell phone carriers will be selling the netbook by the end of the year, owever, they are now currently available from electronics and computer stores.
The Pros of Netbooks The Negatives of Netbooks
Larger Screen than Smartphone and QWERTY keyboard Smaller Screen than Notebook
Less expensive that most notebooks or tablets Less power than notebook
Easy to carry around and open on the fly Slower processors
Built in WI-FI and wireless model for connectivity No CD or DVD Drive
Less weight and longer Battery life than Smart Phone Heavier than a smart phone.
BTW, If you are an ActiveRain member, having a netbook will be all you need out in the field to keep your posts up to date. Very cool , don't you think?