They’re different, Forbes points out, though the names of the devices are very new, and “smartbooks” haven’t even hit store shelves yet. The jury’s out on whether teens will want the latter, but marketers have been plans for the teen market. Qualcomm and Sharp “expect at least a dozen smartbooks incorporating their chips to debut in early 2010.” Here’s the theoretical difference: “Smartbooks will be more affordable than netbooks, with prices as low as $199. Unlike netbooks, which resemble laptop computers with their hinged or ‘clamshell’ shape,” smartbooks will be flat and tablet-shaped. One market went to Savannah College of Art & Design graduate students to help refine the product, Forbes reports. The design students said teens want “intuitive, trendy and powerful devices that become extensions of themselves” and help them “keep up with their hectic lives at a low price point.” Sounds like good advice that, if taken, might materialize into a hybrid between laptops and cellphones that might actually become a trend, fellow parents.
‘Smartbooks’ (more than netbooks) aimed at teens
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems