I see Apple have announced yet another overpriced fashion accessory which is getting way more free publicity from "unbiased" BBC than it should. The thing that really got me was something Mr. Jobs has been quoted as saying...Mr Jobs dismissed netbooks as "just cheap laptops".
"Netbooks aren't better at anything - they're slow and have low quality displays," he told the audience. Source
Let's do a little comparing here. So netbooks are 'slow' and have 'low quality displays'. That's why we shouldn't buy them but go with the iPad instead... or so he says. I'm going to look at the specs of the iPad Source
and the specs of my own netbook, the Samsung NC10...Display
* 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
* 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
* Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
* Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
* 10.2-inch (diagonal) backlit screen with native resolution of 1024 x 600.
* Can be modified for multi-touch display.
* Supports multiple languages and characters
So the 'low quality display' on a netbook is pretty much identical to the iPad, with just 168 more pixels in height to the iPad's name.Capacity
iPad: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
Why would anyone want such a low memory capacity? There isn't even any mention of an SD card expansion or anything, which the Samsung also has.Processor
So much for being a 'slow' netbook...Battery Life
iPad: Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.
Samsung: The standard 6 cell battery can provide up to 7 hours of standard use. A 9 cell battery is available that can provide up to 10 hours.Integrated Camera
Samsung: 1.3mp webcamKeyboard
iPad: None, although you can spend even more money to buy one and connect it to the tablet via the dock. More money.
Samsung: Has an 83-key keyboard is 93% of the size of a full-size keyboard.
I can't imagine anybody trying to write anything substansial on an iPad because of being wary of hitting a key on the keyboard display too frequently and damaging the screen. At least if the Samsung's keyboard goes off you can plug in a USB replacement until you fix it.Case
iPad: Needs a case to protect the screen so that it doesn't get damaged. More money.
Samsung: Screen is protected when you just, y'know, close it.Price
iPad: The 32GB model is $599 / £376
Samsung: The standard model is £299.99 at Comet. An extra £36 or so will get you the RAM upgrade up bring it to 2GB and £30 will get you the 9 cell battery. That's £366, still £10 cheaper than the 'budget' iPad."The lack of a camera might have been something Apple did as a trade off to keep the price low," Dean Takahashi of tech blog VentureBeat told BBC News.
Keep the price LOW!?
And you're right Steve. Netbooks are 'just cheap laptops'. That's they're they're called netbooks and not laptops... However, it looks to me that the 'cheap laptops' far surpass the specs and appeal of the iPad...
But, no doubt, this thing will sell by the bucketload simply because it has an Apple logo on the back.