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Android / Windows 7 Dual Boot Netbook Disappoints 133

Barence writes "PC Pro has got its hands on Acer's Aspire One D250 with both Windows 7 and Google Android installed. Anyone who's played with an Android phone had better get ready for a let-down: Android is far from ready for netbooks. The review laments the lack of a proper Marketplace, the poor implementation of both the inbuilt browser and Firefox, and the general pointlessness of it all in its current incarnation as a quick-boot alternative. Yes, it will get better, but at the moment it's hardly going to lure people away from even Windows 7."
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Android / Windows 7 Dual Boot Netbook Disappoints

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  • Editorializing (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 23, 2009 @02:35PM (#29849309)

    Nice editorializing - "Even Windows 7?" Cheap shot - you can do better than that, Slashdot

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @02:37PM (#29849347) Journal
    Who would have expected that a slipshod port of a system designed for one human interface mechanism would fail on another? They even left out important features, what could possibly have gone wrong? Does this mean that my plan to port Bash to my wristwatch will be unpopular in the marketplace?

    Seriously, though, this seems like completely unsurprising news. Just slapping dead-stock android on something(without even bothering to include features that are standard on smartphones, like the app mechanism), while giving no thought at all to the differences between a touchscreen and a touchpad, seems like an invitation to failure.
  • Well... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rumith ( 983060 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @02:41PM (#29849419)
    I doubt that Google had netbooks in mind when they released Android. Keep in mind that they have announced ChromeOS to be their operating system for netbooks (and possibly over time more powerful machines as well), and it should be pretty clear that Acer's experiment had very low chances to succeed anyway. However, if ChromeOS and Android somehow use compatible app markets, that might be interesting...
  • no touch screen (Score:3, Insightful)

    by czmax ( 939486 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @02:44PM (#29849459)

    From the article:
    "Indeed, where Android's browser makes sense on a smartphone's touchscreen, it just doesn't translate here. The process of clicking and holding the left mouse button, while pushing up to scroll the page down, seems clunky and counter-intuitive,"

    Gosh, they took an OS designed for a touchscreen and tried a simplistic hack to make it work with a touchpad... and this isn't easy to use? Well, duh. This says nothing about Android and everything about the marketing folks that messed up.

  • by damn_registrars ( 1103043 ) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Friday October 23, 2009 @02:52PM (#29849581) Homepage Journal
    I'm not really sure what the writer is trying to say with things like

    the lack of a proper Marketplace,

    Do you mean you can't connect to ebay, craigslist, or google shopping? What is a marketplace in relation to an operating system on a computer?

    the poor implementation of both the inbuilt browser and Firefox

    I presume this means built-in browser?

    and the general pointlessness of it all

    When did things need to have a point to be featured on slashdot? It wasn't that long ago there was a front page story here about running linux on the kindle. Though if you want a point in the general sense, try:

    in its current incarnation as a quick-boot alternative

    Because that is probably all the more point a lot of people need from it.

  • by kingduct ( 144865 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @02:59PM (#29849705)

    The Slashdot community doesn't pretend to be unbiased, and why should it? The important thing is that you, as a reader, be able to interpret and understand what others say.

  • by LarryRiedel ( 141315 ) <Larry@Riedel.org> on Friday October 23, 2009 @03:03PM (#29849761)

    So which mobile phone OS (not Moblin or Chrome OS) will they be running on their netbook as an alternative?

  • Re:no touch screen (Score:4, Insightful)

    by unitron ( 5733 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @03:13PM (#29849875) Homepage Journal

    I know they aren't your words, but it is "scrolling" as we know it that is counter-intuitive, at least to anyone who's ever seen actual scrolls, even if only in the movies.

  • by CannonballHead ( 842625 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @03:14PM (#29849887)
    Maybe slashdot should change their slogan to "opinions for nerds" then ;)
  • Obligatory... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jDeepbeep ( 913892 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @03:45PM (#29850387)
    Perhaps Linux just isn't ready for the desktop. I'm sticking with Microsoft.
  • by recoiledsnake ( 879048 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @03:53PM (#29850531)

    "Opinion for anti-MS nerds" perhaps? There are plenty of nerds who aren't religious about hating "M$" and appreciate cool technology wherever it comes from.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 23, 2009 @04:19PM (#29850925)

    Android needs to get their act in gear quickly

    This doesn't have a damn thing to do with Android. Android was not made for laptop computers. Properly implemented on a cell phone, MID, or PMP, Android runs exceptionally well, is intuitive, powerful, and fun. Acer is the problem here. I don't understand why companies take something like Android or Linux and implement it so poorly as to be practically worthless. Seriously, if you're going to do it, do it right.

    Look at Apple, they took BSD and made it into something beautiful (not that it wasn't beautiful before). The implementation job they are doing is awesome. There is no reason at all why some other company can't do the same thing other than either gross incompetence or just not giving a shit.

  • by CopaceticOpus ( 965603 ) on Friday October 23, 2009 @04:30PM (#29851131)

    True, an OS that takes many attempts and several years to get it right will never make it in the marketplace.

  • by alizard ( 107678 ) <alizard@ecis. c o m> on Friday October 23, 2009 @05:08PM (#29851695) Homepage
    market because people don't have fixed expectations as to how a smartphone UI will look, feel, and act, and expect to have to dig through menus or the instruction manual to do anything over and above simply making a phone call.

    Netbooks look enough like "real" computers that people expect the UI to look and feel like a computer UI, not a smartphone UI.
  • Once again... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Alex Belits ( 437 ) * on Friday October 23, 2009 @05:59PM (#29852199) Homepage

    ...a Windows PC company tarnishes Linux reputation by pre-installing something that is not Ubuntu on a consumer device.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.