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7-inch Android Netbook From GNB 150

An anonymous reader writes " has scored a video of a 7-inch Google Android netbook from a company called GNB during Computex. The device is powered by a Freescale iMX31 CPU. The design might not be to everyone's taste, but it could turn out to be a super cheap Android netbook."
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7-inch Android Netbook From GNB

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  • True netbook (Score:4, Insightful)

    by YourExperiment ( 1081089 ) on Monday June 08, 2009 @06:02AM (#28248797)
    Nice to see another "proper" netbook being brought to market - 7" devices are what started the ball rolling. Ultra-portability combined with a cheap price is what defines a netbook. The term has become so diluted that it's being applied to 12" machines, and machines which cost as much as a traditional laptop.
  • by value_added ( 719364 ) on Monday June 08, 2009 @06:29AM (#28248917)

    Unless you just want to stick to VIM (or emacs), a 7 inch screen screws up a lot of user interfaces.

    Or possibly you mean switch away from vim or emacs? ;-)

    Seriously, I'd think that in a lot of cases, a small screen is actually more appropriate. Whenever I see someone using Outlook in full screen on a giant monitor, or using their browser in the same manner, I have to chuckle at the absurdity of it. You figure the ideal width of 74 characters or so for maximum readability and comprehension, but the latest and greatests in technology brings us mile-wide sentences?

    Or, as this is a tech site, how useful is it when trying to troubleshoot a system where the BIOS setup, boot messages and everything else appears in giant poster-sized fonts? No one's arms are long enough for that nonsense.

    I don't know what kind of person is representative of the netbook market, but I'd think that the majority of the great unwashed masses expect their computers to function like an appliance. A netbook seems to meet that requirement. So if checking email and browsing the web is all most people do, how big a screen do they really need?

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