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Old 05-21-2010, 06:00 PM
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Default Behold the Compaq Airlife 100

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://carrypad.com/2010/05/21/compaq-airlife-100-review/' target='_blank'>http://carrypad.com/2010/05/21/comp...ife-100-review/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"If you use the Airlife 100 as a traditional laptop, as one might expect from something that looks like a traditional laptop, you will run into issues. Not only is there a learning curve and a new set of usage methods but you&rsquo;ll trip yourself up looking for features that you take for granted on a standard netbook. The USB ports are missing for example. This is a slave device designed to be connected, in much the same way as an iPad, to a PC. This isn&rsquo;t a device that you can simply plug a printer, webcam or smartphone into. User confusion, frustration and disappointment is going to feature heavily in early feedback."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1274452661.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>A lot of the review reads like what one would with a smartphone, just in a different form factor.&nbsp; It has the same strengths such as a really long battery life, and weaknesses like speed.&nbsp; One thing I find troubling, however, is the fragmentation of app stores.&nbsp; It seems as if every Android based tablet/smartbook coming out does not hook into the existing Android Market, but provides their own.&nbsp; Sad.&nbsp; Sad, sad, sad!&nbsp; Without that benefit, I do not really see a huge benefit to smartbooks as they are, when compared to netbooks.&nbsp; Sure, the smartbook may be always connected and always on, but is that really needed?&nbsp; It does not take that long for a netbook to come out of sleep mode and update itself.</p>
 
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