Originally Posted by Carmissimo
Netbooks are not really good machines to be doing significant work on. They're too underpowered, generally have smallish, hard-to-use keyboards, screens too small for working with video editing, doing higher-end photo work in programs like Photoshop, etc. and usually don't come with a lot of memory. In other words, they're really best suited to surfing the net, checking email, playing the odd video, etc. But here's the thing. The iPod Touch happens to be a very good device for such uses and it has netbooks beaten on several fronts. Battery life is better because it's a significantly smaller device. It's far easier to lug around than a netbook and has a killer app associated with it thanks to the App Store which makes buying and loading programs onto the device a very easy and fairly inexpensive process.
I hate to be a bit of a hater (especially as this is my first post) and you're entitled to your own opinion (maybe your setup works for you) but this does smell a bit like 'defending the purchase'. You measure a Netbook's lack of worth on how it cannot cope with the high-end photo work (which is FUD) & video editing your desktop is capable of, stating that its only suitable for browsing, emailing etc. Can the Touch or iPhone do video editing or Photoshop-level photo manipulation?
It seems like an unfair roundabout comparison (Apples vs. Oranges vs. Papaya?!).
In addition, as great as Apple's interface is, the Touch is horrendous as a data-entry device next to a Netbook which, despite the smaller keys on all but the 10" models, is still a full 102-key-plus device. Even your average Blackberry whips the Touch on this productivity front. Could you even comprehend typing the entire post I am replying too with any great speed or precision on your Touch (who knows, maybe you did)?
Netbooks are colloquially called such because of their on-the-go TRUE
productivity which previously could only be touched by hardware that cost over £1000/whatever the conversion is these days. Hell, I could sit on the loo and write a novel if I wanted, something I couldn't comprehend on what amounts to a fancy PDA.
Could anyone safely
say that (dire economic collapse accepted) Apple definitely wouldn't release a Netbook if they saw a place in the market? After all, they have shown that they'll quite happily introduce new products that overlap their existing markets then gradually phase the older ones out (ignore what's said through the company PR/keynotes/etc because that's just marketing).
Finally, don't take this as an insult, but I don't think any Apple 'regular' falls comfortably into the realm of 'typical consumer'.
For one, Microsoft's huge (yet admittedly shrinking) market share and the penetration of what can be considered the 'typical' PC defines the 'typical consumer'.
Secondly, a typical consumer (or even a Mac consumer) would not care about being able to run Photoshop or Final Cut on any device, being the heavy duty industry apps that they are.
For the record, no, I don't own any Apple devices apart from a iPod Classic (80GB) but work with them a lot at work (mostly when the rich people at the top of the company can't get their MacBooks working with the Windows network