Enterprise Mobility: Netbooks at CTIA Wireless 2009: Quality Trumps Quantity

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-04-06
 
 
 

Netbooks at CTIA Wireless 2009: Quality Trumps Quantity

by Chris Preimesbergerin Las Vegas

Netbooks at CTIA Wireless 2009: Quality Trumps Quantity

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The Samsung N310, released to retail in mid-March in the West Pacific Rim, is a smooth-edged, 10.1-inch-screen netbook with a "pebbled" keyboard that features lifted and separated keys. The keyboard is 97 percent the size of a regular keyboard, making it easier to navigate for people with larger fingers. The N310 sports an Atom N270 processor, preinstalled Windows Home operating system, a VGA port, three USB ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, and support for Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth.

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The Samsung N120 netbook, which is scheduled to be released the week of April 6, has all the features of the N310 plus multimedia-style speakers—including a subwoofer. Another interesting feature is the always-live USB ports, so a user can charge up an iPod or iPhone without having to turn on the computer.

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The new, rounded design comes in several colors, including blue, red, black and white.

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A close-up of the keyboard reveals that the keys are separated and raised slightly, making the keyboard easier to navigate—an important feature for netbook users.

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MSI released the full specifications of its Wind U123 and the X-Slim X320 and X340 notebooks. The new Wind model is MSI's first to offer a 3G solution and a TV tuner, and it features Intel's new 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor. Pricing: about $350. (Photo taken at Pepcom Mobile Focus.)

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The CTIA welcome display sits quietly in the South Hall, after all the hubbub has died down following the end of another international conference.

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