Poll: Which is better: Netbook or smartphone?

Convergence keeps on keeping on, and it looks like netbooks may possibly be flash-in-the-pan material in the face of smartphones and perhaps even tablets.

Convergence is a strong force in the tech sector — and two devices are currently duking it out to be your favourite way of consuming data on the go.

In the red corner, we have the netbook — a low powered mini-laptop that's good enough to watch DVD quality movies on, and can allow those on the go to edit spreadsheets and write documents a whole lot easier than any phone ever could. It can get online almost anywhere, and with a ridiculously long battery life it's the perfect travel companion.

In the blue corner though is the smartphone — with increasingly bigger screens, faster processors, touch-enabled interfaces and the ability to be simply slipped in the pocket, the likes of Apple's iPhone and Google's Nexus One would prefer if you never even looked at those nasty netbook things.

Let us not forget though the impending, forever rumoured but not-yet-true Apple tablet, which threatens to muscle its way into the same space for a share of your eyeball time.

So what's it going to be CNETters? Netbook, smartphone or tablet?

About the author

Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.


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