I have had a Dell Mini 9 for a few months now. On which I have of course installed osx through the hackentosh process. I have the mini 9 with a built in 3G cellular modem, and it has made a formidable “emergency” machine for me and our lead developer. In fact said developer has used it for programming Drupal modules.
I primarily used it for email, web and RSS reading, as well as had dropbox on it for ocassional editing.
With some kernel extensions to enable CPU stepping, I get about five hours of battery on the thing. All in all, a nice, if not elegant device.
With the iPhone 3GS however, I have found myself not using the Dell as much as I used to. In fact, I have hardly used it at all. Here is why:
My iPhone 3GS is faster, more portable and more capable for what I used the netbook for, than the netbook is. In short, this smart “phone” is the ultimate netbook.
Let’s go through some points.
- the iPhone keyboard is no more difficult to type on than the dell’s. Seriously. The Dell keyboard is nearly unusable for serious use over time.
- the iPhone is faster in perceived speed, helped mostly by a better gpu
- the iPhone does more automatically and seamlessly. Entourage won’t work well on the netbook. The equivalent works fine on the iPhone.
- I have just as good (if not faster) VPN access to our data center and office on the phone as I do on the netbook. Through the app store I have a good ssh client, vnc client and with istat, a good way to check system performance.
- the one thing I give the netbook, and it is not the fault of Apple is that dropbox needs to make an app asap.
So there you have it. I still use the netbook. It comes in handy in meetings at times and for light work, but it’s the iPhone 3gs which is the most netbook like devices that I own.
PS: I wrote this post on the iPhone. The keyboard is just fine.