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    Andrea,

    Back to the netbook... is this like the ones Verizon is offering now? I see they are about $150-250, and I think you need a "connection package" and then you can use them wherever there is cell phone coverage.

    Have you used MS-Word or any other programs on it? I'm keenly interested in such a device for traveling as much as I do.

    Thanks for any comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanNic44 View Post
    Andrea,

    Back to the netbook... is this like the ones Verizon is offering now? I see they are about $150-250, and I think you need a "connection package" and then you can use them wherever there is cell phone coverage.

    Have you used MS-Word or any other programs on it? I'm keenly interested in such a device for traveling as much as I do.

    Thanks for any comments.

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    Yes I believe that it is the same as the one that Verizon is giving away right now.

    It will perform like any other lower-end laptop. For word processing and web browsing it would be absolutely fine!

    There is no CD/DVD Drive in the unit. So if you need to install things you will need an external. Any external USB DVD/CD Drive should work.

    But you could also install with a Flash drive, just copy the CD to a flash drive and install from there.

    It is not going to be as powerful as a desktop or standard laptop, but looks pretty good.

    It does come with Wi-Fi card installed, and standard Network Jack (ethernet).

    For a small price you get a small notebook computer!
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    Sgroi,

    Thanks for the info. My laptop is a glorified typewriter. In fact, I used to use a mechanical Remington model 5 which was a step up from the Fountain Pens I still use. But then I traveled more and went with the laptop and fountain pen.

    The only thing that requires and computing horsepower is the video stuff I do from time to time and that could be scheduled for later on the Mac, which I will not surrender.

    So it sounds like I'll get good value and portability for the typing and web necessity. Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanNic44 View Post
    Sgroi,

    Thanks for the info. My laptop is a glorified typewriter. In fact, I used to use a mechanical Remington model 5 which was a step up from the Fountain Pens I still use. But then I traveled more and went with the laptop and fountain pen.

    The only thing that requires and computing horsepower is the video stuff I do from time to time and that could be scheduled for later on the Mac, which I will not surrender.

    So it sounds like I'll get good value and portability for the typing and web necessity. Nice.

    44

    Yes it will definatley replace your typewriter, but i have to say that I still have one on my desk at work

    Ya if you do video or photo work then you will need your desktop or HATE TO SAY MAC, yuck! LOL

    I still travel with my full size laptop, as I am somewhat of a geek . I could probably get away with the netbook, it could handle storing my photos for my trip, i usually take about 1000-1200 pics during the week. The only other thing that I would use it for is my home phone through Vonage..

    You are making me look at them now!

    OH!! since you are a MAC guy... I saw something where you can take the netbook and hack it and put OSX on it
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    yup i have MS Office on it and i am quite pleased.
    i have not used my laptop for more than 5 or 10 minutes here and there in the past 10 days.
    i do not have the verizon card that allows for "most everywhere wifi".

    i just use it with my cable wifi at home and on the road.

    is there one that you can borrow and try out.
    these small ones are not for everyone.
    a friend hates hers and another loves hers.
    i like mine a lot.
    andrea
    Quote Originally Posted by SanNic44 View Post
    Andrea,

    Back to the netbook... is this like the ones Verizon is offering now? I see they are about $150-250, and I think you need a "connection package" and then you can use them wherever there is cell phone coverage.

    Have you used MS-Word or any other programs on it? I'm keenly interested in such a device for traveling as much as I do.

    Thanks for any comments.

    44

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    yup i have MS Office on it and i am quite pleased.
    i have not used my laptop for more than 5 or 10 minutes here and there in the past 10 days.
    i do not have the verizon card that allows for "most everywhere wifi".

    i just use it with my cable wifi at home and on the road.

    is there one that you can borrow and try out.
    these small ones are not for everyone.
    a friend hates hers and another loves hers.
    i like mine a lot.
    andrea

    I agree that you should try it out. Try to find a Dell store, where they have the actual computer there.

    They keyboard layout might not be that great for real "Typing" might be a learning curve.

    Good Point Andrea!
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    ya the typing is an issue on the netbook when i have fingernails!
    currently they are nubs and i do much better typing.

    and typing..........i have a blackberry storm and find that typing or i giuess the term is "testing" and find that difficult.
    i send one or 2 word messages as that is all i am capable of doing.

    andrea

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgroi135 View Post
    I agree that you should try it out. Try to find a Dell store, where they have the actual computer there.

    They keyboard layout might not be that great for real "Typing" might be a learning curve.

    Good Point Andrea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    ya the typing is an issue on the netbook when i have fingernails!
    currently they are nubs and i do much better typing.

    and typing..........i have a blackberry storm and find that typing or i giuess the term is "testing" and find that difficult.
    i send one or 2 word messages as that is all i am capable of doing.

    andrea
    Luckily I don't have the fingernail problems

    I have a BB Curve, I am not a big fan of touch screen keyboards

    And i think that the term you are really looking for is "texting" or SMS message. Or if you use the BB messenger it is more like an IM (instant message).

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    teeny tiny update

    i still like it.
    it does not get hot in my lap.
    the keyboard is OK and i am used to it.
    i back up my stuff using the thumb drive.
    i have used it outside and the screen brightens/darkens nicely so i can see it in the glaring sun.
    battery works for 4+ hrs.
    and it weighs 2 lbs.
    i made a case for it.
    i used a LARGE bubble cushion envelope.
    i wrapped the envelope in duct tape, leaving the opening open.
    i then glue gunned some fabric to the duct tape /envelope.
    it is functional, and looks pretty cool.
    cost..........free. i had the supplies in the house :-)

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    Very Nice.
    I am actually looking to pick one up. I can use my cellphone as a modem, so I can actually use it anywhere. And it being so small, i can leave in my vehicle for the most part under the seat.



    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    teeny tiny update

    i still like it.
    it does not get hot in my lap.
    the keyboard is OK and i am used to it.
    i back up my stuff using the thumb drive.
    i have used it outside and the screen brightens/darkens nicely so i can see it in the glaring sun.
    battery works for 4+ hrs.
    and it weighs 2 lbs.
    i made a case for it.
    i used a LARGE bubble cushion envelope.
    i wrapped the envelope in duct tape, leaving the opening open.
    i then glue gunned some fabric to the duct tape /envelope.
    it is functional, and looks pretty cool.
    cost..........free. i had the supplies in the house :-)
    Decided to take down my timer!

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