Posts Tagged ‘Netbook’

Everyone is clamoring about tablets these days, then why not Google too, so it’s not too surprising that Google and HTC are set to join the fray. They are reportedly working together on a Chrome OS Google Tablet.

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With this Apple’s high-profile iPad touchscreen tablet PC may face stiff competition from rivals such as Google, Sony and X2. Google having collaborated on the Nexus One, a smart phone that impressed us with its design as well as its hardware, HTC and Google partnering on a tablet seems like a promising prospect. But will it “compete head on” with Apple’s tablet ? 😉 who knows…

So let take a sneak peak at what it may look like, the developers behind Chromium OS – the open-source project that underpins Google’s Chrome mobile operating system – have revealed concept designs for a tablet PC running on Google Chrome.

The Google Chrome tablet concept designs showcases a range of touchscreen tablet PC features, including:

— A range of touch-screen keypad configurations, including a split keyboard with keys assigned to left and right hands
— Different methods of launching Google Chrome applications
— Tabs presented along the side of the screen of the Google Chrome interface
— Creating multiple Chrome web browsers on screen using a launcher

Also pictures of what a Google tablet might look like were featured at a Chromium developers web page this week along with talk of how touchscreen controls could work based on the Internet titan’s Chrome computer operating system. It primarily comprises shots highlighting the user interface (UI) of a tablet PC. It includes such possibilities as, “keyboard interaction with the screen: anchored, split, attached to focus,” “contextual actions triggered via dwell,” and “zooming UI for multiple tabs.” and primary targeted date for Chrome OS hardware is Q4 2010. Here are some snaps of the Google Tablet concept design…

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It’s hard to foresee a future in which a Google Tablet tries to go head to head with Apple on the content level. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t some compelling things that could be offered by a Google tablet. As the launch of Google’s Chrome OS made clear, they’re looking toward a future with a multitude of devices that can access the Internet quickly, cleanly, and cheaply. A Google Tablet could be just the thing to realize all of those goals. If you have tried out the JooJoo tablet, we can see how a well-designed tablet for consuming web content could provide an engaging experience. A Chrome OS tablet by Google would likely work the same way, keeping typing to a minimum and offering a literal hands-on web surfing experience. By far the consumer it’s a tough choice if one thinks of affording a tablet, my choice wait until there is a sync in the tablet world, there would be a better choice for ur need and multiple to choose from within ur budget…;)

How do you decide between two different technology choices ? It’s fascinating to watch laptops getting smaller and turning into “netbooks” while phones are getting bigger to accommodate full keyboards and better Web browsing and application support. So which should you buy when you upgrade your mobile equipment? Well I would say it all depends on whether you create or peruse.

Here is a great idea, and one you may have had: the shape-shifting computer. It’s a little box, the size of a pack of cigarettes, or maybe it looks just like an iPhone. Maybe it is an iPhone. Pop it into a big screen and keyboard, and pow, you have a netbook. Slide it out, and you’ve got a smartphone. Attach a slim, stylish handset with Bluetooth, and you have a fashion-oriented voice phone. hmm, isn’t that cool..

Netbooks have hit a sweet spot for both consumer and business users. Their low price, full QWERTY keyboards that approach (if not quite match) standard laptop arrangements, and built-in applications mean that many people can leave a heavier notebook behind. Netbooks are tempting devices, but if you already have a smartphone, do you really need one ?

Smartphones, on the other hand, have offered much of the same promise of netbooks for years now, including tasks such as mobile document editing, e-mail, and Web browsing. But in many ways, smartphones haven’t fully reached their potential either—and many users will never get past the tiny screens and keyboards.

Here’s what you should consider when deciding whether you should go for a netbook, or simply stick with your smartphone:

Boot-up time: The average smartphone boots up in about 15 seconds, whereas netbooks typically take significantly longer. But that’s not the whole story: at any given moment, your smartphone is already on and ready to roll, since it lasts for days at a time in standby mode. The average netbook battery, however, lasts just 3 hours, and not much longer even if you put the system to sleep. For being ready to go at all times, nothing beats a smartphone.

Keyboard/screen comfort: The winner is pretty clear here: netbooks are considerably more comfortable to use than smartphones. The biggest appeal for netbooks is their small size and weight—often a perfect compromise between a PDA and a standard-size laptop. Some are still too cramped for marathon typing sessions, however. No matter how powerful a netbook is, if it’s not comfortable to type on, or leaves you squinting, you’ll leave it home.

Document editing: Many of today’s smartphones can already view Microsoft Office documents. Some of models (Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices, as well as the latest BlackBerry OS 4.5 revision) can edit them right out of the box. Others require third-party software for this purpose. Either way, it’s only good in a pinch. If you’re doing any more than casual writing or limited spreadsheet work on the go, you’ll want a netbook or real notebook—period.

E-mail: A smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard is sufficient for sending and receiving e-mail, unless you plan on regularly typing out long missives on the road.

Instant messaging: A couple of quick chats are probably fine on a smartphone. Anything longer and you’ll wish you had a netbook or laptop keyboard.

All-day computing: Even a netbook isn’t enough here. I’d say skip both smartphones and netbooks and head straight for a laptop; at least a lightweight ultraportable model. Netbooks feel cramped when used for hours on end (with the possible exception of the latest 10-inch models like the HP Mini 1000 that sport bigger keyboards).

Web browsing: Let’s face it—even the iPhone’s luxurious 3.5-inch screen can feel tiny after 30 minutes of pinch zooming, flicking, and scrolling. Netbooks run full-blown desktop versions of Firefox (in both Linux and Windows XP varieties), so they’re perfect for this purpose.

Media playback: This is another area where netbooks excel. Even the smallest 7-inch Asus models match the widescreen of the largest Archos portable media player, and all of them well exceed the screens you’ll find on smartphones. However, netbooks are overkill as MP3 players—unless, of course, you have really big pockets.

“So it’s your choice of technology”. Hope you enjoyed this week blog, feel free if you have thought to share.. Happy Blogging..