Originally Posted by zunx
Pocketable computers can also be great and even expensive:
OQO model 2+
Sony Vaio P Series
What for? For Apple Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations without having to carry large and heavy laptops! Yes, even the MacBook Air is too large and heavy (1.3 kg).
Agreed, but there's no technical reason why an enhacned iPhone/iPod touch couldn't also be used for this purpose. Why would Apple go to the expence of creating brand new hardware when they could address the need with an existing platform?
Originally Posted by bbjai
I suppose I'm personally saying I want a smaller version of the iphone without it losing any functionality
Sure, but in many ways, the exisitng iPhone is already pushing the envelope in what can be done with it's current size - hence all the complaints re battery life. It will get smaller gradually, but I wouldn't expect dramatic decreases anytime soon.
Originally Posted by JeffDM
I really don't think iPhones can really replace what a netbook can do. The form factor is very different and fits different uses. Netbooks can operate regular desktop software without changes. I think they're mostly machines for people that need a machine to run desktop software but need to carry them a lot more than they actually use them, because carrying something for hours at a time can be fatiguing.
I hope Apple can somehow find a way to satisfy this market if it's a market that is here to stay, and can do it in a way that doesn't undercut their regular notebooks needlessly.
Sure, an iPhone may not be able to everything a netbook can do, but to address that most of that market it only really needs to do most of what a netbook can do. This could be achieved largely by better software (eg basic WP/spreadsheet/presentation tools, copy/paste, better bluetooth stack for use with foldable keyboards etc). The rest of the market can be addressed by a slightly cheaper Macbook air or Macbook.