Crunchgear and BBG are basically J.O. buds in the vortex-fantasy of professional gadget blogging, but I’m not sure I understand their argument that netbooks should forego other improvements in favor of screen resolution.
Not that higher resolution is a bad thing: it’s part of what makes the Vaio P so gorgeous. But this argument doesn’t make a lick of sense:
Why don’t I buy a regular notebook, you ask? I arrange letters into words for a living. I could do this with a DX2/66. All I need is a cheap, light, portable computer for word processing that lets me see most or all of the three or four paragraphs I’m cobbling together. My life is almost entirely “in the cloud” so don’t need a big hard drive, a fancy OS, or lots of RAM – just a decent screen.
The word processing experience is not significantly improved by higher resolutions. It’s part of why I’m totally fine with netbooks current resolutions: I agree, netbooks are primarily writing machines. It would be nice to see them amped up for better browsing, but most of my time in my netbook is spent in DarkRoom anyway.