Originally Posted by solipsism
No, my mother got rid of hers. As for junk, they really are junk. thick pieces of creaking plastic, small keyboards with poor travel and feel
The display ratio is awful, too. I don't know how anyone can do actual work on a 16:9 display that is 5" and 600px high. Probably my biggest complaint of them and stating years before the iPad was announced that a display 8-12" is best with a 4:3 ratio.
Most people are not trying to do a lot of work
on netbooks. Real work can
be done in a pinch, more easily than on an iPad, because a netbook has a real keyboard, a display that will hold itself up, and things like ports, and hard drives.
But most netbook users are doing the same kind of things that iPad users will do: surfing the web, sending email, viewing photos and watching movies. Netbooks work perfectly well for doing those things, despite how passionately you believe otherwise. Would a bigger laptop do better? Sure, but it would weigh more, run hotter, be more costly and be harder to pack.
On the other hand, an old friend of mine has been using laptop computers since way before they became popular. He's a real road warrior and beats them up pretty badly but uses each one for years before replacement. He's a successful architect so I know he could afford a nice new laptop every year if he wanted one...the kind of guy I'd expect to carry a MacBook Air or Pro except he prefers Windows. When he first saw my netbook last year, he looked at it with envy, tried it out and acted like he couldn't wait for his current laptop to break down so he could get one like mine. Last I heard he was still waiting. To each his own, eh?