Both are good and worse depending upon different situations and tasks. Anyways, I would recommend to you Intel Pentium-M or Celeron-M Processor for a notebook. From the purpose you have described for buying a laptop, it seems that you want to buy a general purpose notebook. In this category you will find thousands of notebooks, making a selection even more daunting, nevertheless, there are few features you must never ignore to include in a specific notebook, now-a-days. They are:
1. Built-In Wireless Connectivity (802.11b/g).
2. S-Video Out, Firewire 1394, FIR Ports.
3. A Combo Drive at least.
4. Hard Drive 40GB Minimum (60GB/80GB Recommended)
5. Rest of the options normally come in as standard.
As for the processor selection, even a Celeron-M would suffice but since you will be working with digital contents, therefore I would recommend to you Intel Pentium-M Processor (1.6GHz/2MB L2 Cache minimum) If you can throw in extra bucks then go for 1.8GHz/2MB L2. A typical notebook computer for you must look something like this:
1. Intel Centrino Mobile Technology
2. Intel Pentium-M Processor 1.6GHz/2MB L2 Cache
3. 512MB DDR Memory
4. 40GB Hard Drive
5. 15" or 14.1" TFT LCD Display
6. Combo Drive
7. USB, Firewire, FIR, S-Video Out, LAN, Faxmodem, PCMCIA
Try one before actually purchasing one. Different people will recommend different brands and different models. Remember, like a pop star presenting different songs/titles, some of which are hits and some are flops, similarly, not all notebooks from one specific brand makes a champions.
I currently own an IBM ThinkPad R51 (model : 2887K2G)
after having used Acer TravelMate 291LCi, Toshiba Satellite A60, HP Compaq nx7010, Compaq Presario 2200.
I am going to be purchasing a laptop for web, mail, and digital photos. Which processor is going to give me the best performance? Also, who is making the most reliable laptop? HP? Dell? Toshiba? Sony?