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[News] Alpha 680 Sub-notebooks Runs Linux, Reviewed

  • Subject: [News] Alpha 680 Sub-notebooks Runs Linux, Reviewed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 21:14:28 +0100
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Alpha 680 Android Netbook Review

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| We are taking a look at the Alpha 680 netbook from Skytone (no relation to 
| Alfa Network Inc., makers wireless products). The Alpha 680 is the world's 
| first Android netbook, giving users all the features of Google's mobile 
| phone operating system right on a netbook. The unit is not yet available in 
| the US, but we got our hands on one because we wanted to test some of our 
| WiFi products with Android, and also had considered becoming a distributor. 
| Because the device was so different from any other netbook we have used, we 
| decided to do a full blown public review. Here is the video, then further 
| down we have more to say about the item and some pictures as well.



Windows 7 Starter Edition Is Too Wimpy for New Netbooks

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| Given Starter Editionâs lameness, youâd think that netbook vendors might shun
| it and install Windows 7 Home Premium instead. Not so. Samsung says its Go
| netbook will ship with SE, starting in November. Nokiaâs Win 7 plans are
| fuzzy at this point. And Dell recently told me that its netbooks will
| continue to offer a variety of OS options, including âUbuntu and
| Windows-based editions.â
| Somethingâs fishy here. Itâs not as if the entire genre of netbooks is too
| wimpy to run Windows 7 Home Premium. If that were the case, Microsoft would
| have announced recently that Win 7 SE users will be able to upgrade to Home
| Premium for $80. Rather, this is about Microsoftâs desire to cripple the
| netbook category and upsell consumers to Home Premium.
| Sadly, many buyers will shell out $400 or so for a reasonably-powered netbook
| with a 10-inch display, only to learn theyâve been saddled with a feeble
| version of Windows 7. A classic bait-and-switch? It sure looks that way. Itâs
| also a recipe for consumer ire. Nobody wants to pay a fairly significant sum
| for a consumer electronics device, only to learn they must pay an additional
| $80 for features they were expecting.

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