The good and the bad (no ugly)3/2/2008 8:17:14 PM

Pros: 1) form factor. I use it to take notes, and I barely notice the weight in my bag. 2) price.

Cons: 1) It's a little pokey. You're not going to get speed out of it, and you can't have ten programs running at once. Maybe two. But once you get something started, it works at a decent speed. 2) I didn't really realize this when I bought it--but it is indeed based off of Linux. If you're like me, and have no prior knowledge of programming--it might take you a while to figure out how to even add or remove (or upgrade) a program. (but it's not too bad once you get the hang of it) 3) Pointing out the obvious here, but no dvd/cd drive.

Overall Review: Most of what I have to say falls in this category. I have a friend who, on hearing that I chose the 2 gig version, strongly recommended that I send it back and get the 4 gig. I didn't take his advice, and I still haven't figured out whether or not I made the right decision. Compared with the 4 gig--basically here is what's different (not inherently obvious from the specs) 1) shorter battery life. I get a max of slightly over 2 and a half hours (with wireless off and screen fully dimmed) 2) slower processor (although with what you're doing on it, it shouldn't matter too much) 3) zip memory (I think you only get 2 or 300 megs originally) This isn't so much a problem for storage b/c there's an sd slot, BUT it really limits the programs you can install) 4) no webcam Third party batteries just hit the market-if battery life is your biggest issue you could get a second for less than the price difference between the 2 gig and 4 gig. Just food for thought.

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