The Android OS has become plenty common in smartphones and MIDs. We had the Archos 5 MID using the Android OS and there are quite a few Android phones in the market right now. What has not been common is Android being used on Netbooks. Now even though Google is working on a separate OS for the netbooks, namely the Chrome OS, putting the Android OS on netbooks should not be too bad. In fact, it might actually be a very good idea.
That is because the Android OS is meant to run on low resources and is tuned to perform well even under low-powered conditions. Running it on netbooks might mean super fast response actually. However, adapting the UI for a keyboard and mouse setup might prove challenging. So far, it has only been used on touchscreen phones.
The Chrome OS is a good few months away with most major manufacturers looking at releases dates sometime next year. In all likelihood, we will see a major roll out about this time next year.
Acer has not officially announced the Android netbook yet but major tech blogs have already posted information leaks that give out the details. The netbooks will not be solely dependant on Android but will dual boot with Microsoft Windows XP. Looks like Windows 7 needs more time to eclipse XP completely. Perhaps half a decade or so more.
This new netbook is expected to be out before the holidays hit, with the leaks putting it sometime this November. It will be part of Acer’s current Aspire One line of netbooks and configuration-wise it should not be that much different from existing Windows based netbooks. Since the lowest Aspire One starts from $350, the new Android dual-booting netbook will possibly hover around the $400 range. Acer is also expected to bring out Android phones sometime next year.
Acer’s Aspire One is a small and a good netbook which can be carried anywhere easily. It has Intel’s Atom N270 Processor that’s large enough to get the job done. The following are some of the features and advantages of the Acer AOD150.
With a 1.6 gigahertz Intel Atom N270 CPU, the AOD150 combines battery life with performance which will help you easily get things done. You can access the net easily with the help of this netbook. It takes a very few minutes to go online by booting the netbook. It is also ideal for use in the car. It has a swish style and weighs about three pounds. Both the color and the swish design are liked by the general public. It is also notable for its latest technology.
Plenty of media can be stored as the storage drive has a capacity of 160 gigabytes. The screen measuring about 10.1 inches includes two gigabytes of memory. It also has enough space for four gigabytes of RAM. It also has a large amount of power and a very good web cam. It is priced very less considering the features it has to offer. You can get better sound by buying external speakers as the sound is just decent. You can use the 3 USB ports as you like. This netbook includes a 6.5 hour battery. So the Acer Aspire One AOD150-1165 is good considering the battery feature also.
You can opt for the wireless connection if you wish to attach an optical drive. Alternately you can make use of the serial port to access your DVD and CD drives. There is also a SD drive and another which allows you to make use of different varieties of drives. There is a microphone jack and a headphone jack.
The Acer Aspire One D250 is the next evolution of the Aspire D150, with a few changes in features and size. One of the first things you’ll notice is the size has been cut, along with some of the weight from the Aspire D150. This is due in to the fact the newer model has opted to drop half of its battery load from six cells in the Acer Aspire D150, down to half. Yes, this netbook has three cells, and a shorter battery life is the most noticeable result.
The Aspire D150 has the same thing under the hood as the D250, so there were no surprises there. You’re looking at a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 as the processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM at 533 MHz, and 160GB hard drive. It comes with Windows XP SP3 operating system and comes in a little over 2 pounds without the AC adapter.
Taking out the other three battery cells brought the height down to 1 inch, with over all dimensions of 10.17 x 7.24 inches. The screen has a diagonal width of 10.1 inches. For those of you who are fashion conscious, the machine is available in several colors: Diamond Black, Ruby Red, Seashell White, and Sapphire Blue.
Since this machine is based on the same Atom N270 of all other netbooks, it is pretty much standard fair in performance. It’s definitely well suited for the purpose of Web surfing, viewing media files, and office documents. The loss of the three battery cells made a difference in size, but at a cost of battery life. To some this may not be such a big deal, but we’re talking about four hours of battery power doing nothing intensive.
All things considered, for a starting price of $298, you can’t really complain, but it’s also nothing to get excited about either.
I’ll keep adding more data. Stay tuned!