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A netbook to be the next step?

asked 2014-11-19 23:00:42 +0300

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So, after the phone and the tablet, what about a full-flavoured netbook? For those who do not only consume content from the 'net, but create it as well (say, in form of prolonged e-mails). Thus, 11" (or even 13") display, a keyboard and a touchpad are a must (and the touchscreen is a must not). Toshniba AC100 was a perfect hardware design a few years ago (still using it with Lubuntu, despite the decaying support), and ARM-based Samsung Chromebook looks to be a good thing to begin with today. Please do not forget all the dedicated keys, like Toshiba does (Del/Ins, PgUp/Down, Home/End), do not follow the wrong practice of Asus et al.

Not to dare asking for a desktop distribution, this seems to stay apart from Jolla's business goals...

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I Like the AC100 but I belive its not the kind of Product to be powerd by SailfishOS.

Nokius ( 2014-11-19 23:36:23 +0300 )edit

What do you think of the jollaDesk concept? Basically a Jolla phone as the heart of a simple desktop computer. Instead of just connecting the cable for charging you would connect the CPU to the other parts of a computer.

My daughter's dream version would be a smaller phone. The touchscreen would be both a touchpad and a notification area. A laptop-sized display with a stand would make things more ergonomic. The keyboard would be normal pitch but very low and thin with ideas from the TOH keyboard. The USB hub that connects the parts of the system (and charges the phone) would have 7 ports.

The jollaDesk could be enough computing power to fulfil the needs of a small household and would use very little power. A simple gesture would switch between desk and phone modes.

USB devices such as a hard disk or a DVB receiver could extend functionality even further.

Please Note that the jollaDesk concept isn't possible with the current Jolla phone, but could be made real with future devices.

vattuvarg ( 2014-11-20 20:44:05 +0300 )edit

Nokius, why not?

Surely, AC100's specifications are somewhat outdated now, yet Samsung XE303C12 Chromebook (2x1.7GHz ARM, 2 Gb RAM) looks quite up to the date... unless privacy concerns about anything related to or inspired by Google. That is the reason for making a Sailfish-based competitor.

iourine ( 2014-11-21 10:46:10 +0300 )edit

I don't know whether it must be a netbook. For me it would be perfect if the tablet could somehow dock to a keybord which could also have some USB connectors to attach storage or connector for a monitor and make the device a hybrid.

ramoth ( 2014-11-21 23:15:53 +0300 )edit

An Asus-like transformer? Probably another idea to be considered, but my opinion is definite No. Once a person needs a keyboard on daily basis, there shoud be a netbook.If not - then there should be a tablet. Without any transformations between them. Otherwise, as real life shows, you will end with carrying a kb/dockstation for days without making use of it, and then suddenly need them right on the day when they are left at home.

Not to say that the transformer design means more complication, less reliability, more money, and more redundant components. E.g., to make the device usable in a tablet-only mode as well, the touchscreen is mandatory; yet for the netbook it is not desirable and a regular touchpad is definitely better.

iourine ( 2014-11-22 12:31:26 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-11-20 11:53:20 +0300

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I would like more of a hybrid device with more local storage and offline capability. Failing this why not go all the way with a netbook, but I don't realistically expect there is anywhere near enough manpower to develop yet another device ecosystem.

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