Oh, Me So Mobile

I’ll gladly confess that I have an interest in gadgets which might be deemed above average. Two weeks ago this manifested itself when I bought a “netbook”. It’s a snazzy little thing called Asus S101 – the “design” member of the eee family:

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Now why am I telling you this? Apart from the fact that’s it entertaining to veer off-topic every now and then, and it feels good to tell other people you’ve got new toys to show off?

Arguably those are good reasons, but I don’t throw money into the hands of e-merchants based on those reasons alone. I have been thinking about getting a netbook for a while now. I have a laptop (13.3″ Dell XPS), and although I’m happy with it it still feels a little bulky from time to time. And you certainly don’t want to sit in bed watching dvds on it unless you have asbestos thighs.

I’ve never seen a computer hibernate as quickly (technically it’s something between sleep and hibernate). The SSD means it just doesn’t make any noise at all. The battery easily lets you work a couple of hours. And even though the LCD is only 10.2″ it doesn’t feel cramped. It runs XP Home, but when Windows 7 hits RC I might do an upgrade. I’ve installed OneNote, and I really get the notebook (as in the analog kind) feel with this application on this hardware. One of the better things to come along since sliced bread indeed 🙂

Up until now one of my favourite sub-laptop devices has been the HTC X7510. While still a great device, my netbook almost matches it in portability. (And as much as I love Windows Mobile desktop Windows has some advantages.)

A funny thing, and the reason I decided to turn this into a blog post was an article I came across yesterday:
http://www.pcworld.com/…/cheap_netbooks_inspire_more_wireless_gadgets.html

Now apparently the carriers are readying up for a new round of “let’s try to fool unsuspecting customers to believe there is a thing called free lunch”. I can recall those 1$ mobile phones hitting the stores years back. Turned out they didn’t really cost 1$ all in all… It did turn out to be a great way to increase the number of people running around with mobile phones though. Do you remember how everyone wanted the Nokia they were using in “The Matrix”? If all of these netbooks are equipped with a SIM card I sense a couple of potential changes in the mobility space.

Here in Norway stores are required to print the total price of the device including the cost of the plan you subscribe to. So the ad doesn’t say 1$ anymore…

Oh, yeah. Forgot to mention it; the Asus was 33% off as a weekend special. I would never have bought it at full price 🙂

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