Netbooks lead the way on how we’ll be using our mobile phones in the near future

16 Aug 2009 - 1:57am
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As per surveys, Netbooks are being used primarily for business,
entertainment and communication and it's being seen as a secondary
device. I've covered that in more detail here:

Since it's not replacing the laptop, I think what’s basically missing
is a phone added to the mix. I don't see why users will want to carry
mobile, netbook and laptop at the same time. I foresee a Nokia
communicator type device with decent screen size and usable keypad to
overtake the Netbook just like Smarphones overtook the PDA. The
software being used will need to be adopted for this new phone, that
said, software to do all the above already exists for mobiles, it just
needs to be made more easy to use.

With larger screen size and better keyboard I don’t see a reason why
we’ll not see Netbooks being phased out to give way for the next
generation of mobile phones.

Is this thought too outlandish? What do you think?

Sachendra Yadav


17 Aug 2009 - 10:25am
Joe Lanman

I think the biggest problem is size. People want phones on them at all
times, so they need to be pocketable. At that size you're not going to get
more than a 'thumb' keyboard, like the G1 or Blackberry. Such keyboards are
fine for the odd email or text, but they don't cut it when it comes to
serious typing tasks like writing articles, or coding.

Netbooks are great because they are extremely portable (although not
pocketable) and yet are big enough for many tasks, such as programming. In
fact, early netbooks were smaller (7/9 inch) and the market seems to have
stabilised at the slightly larger 10", since you get a nearly full-size

I don't see that total convergence is really possible due to the size issue.

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