Looking for an Android-based netbook that’s feather light, packs a long battery life, and takes care of most of your casual on-to-go computing needs? Look no further, for your search might end at Toshiba AC100 Smartbook. Sporting Android 2.1 Eclair powered by a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra core and weighing less than two pounds (under a kilogram) , the AC100 definitely seems to be a strong contender in the netbook market.
While the idea of a netbook running Android might not appeal to most, if we consider what most of us do on our netbooks, it starts to fit in. First and foremost, the OS is considerably lighter than Windows (which is the currently dominant netbook OS) as well as many netbook-oriented GUI flavours of Linux. Secondly, based on ARM architecture offers it a benefit of being less resource-hungry, translating into longer battery life using the same capacity battery.
Most of us are using the browser much of the time on our netbooks and Android offers several excellent browsers that provide a desktop-like browsing experience. Many alternatives for our desktop apps can be found in the Android Market as standalone apps, or on the web as web apps that we can simply access in the browser for the same tasks that we perform on the PC, making Android a viable netbook operating system for casual users.
That said, let’s get back to the AC 100. Here are the detailed specs of the Smartbook:
- Android 2.1 Eclair OS
- 1.0 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 250 SoC
- 512 MB DDR2 RAM
- 32 GB SSD
- Integrated 1.3 Mega Pixel Web Cam
- HDMI Port
- 10.1 Inch Display
- 1024 x 600 Screen Resolution
- HD 1080p Video Playback Supported
- Massive 8 Hours Battery Time
- 3G Compatible