2 GB of RAM is confortable on Vista.
Vista is nice. I have it in dual boot with XP. Very nice OS. But yes, it's true, software vendors will need time to build their softwares for Vista.
Go with Intel. If you can wait a month or so, wait for the Santa Rosa Centrino Platform, the successor of the present NAPA platform. On this new platform : improvement of performances and better battery life. AMD could be a good platform, but it heats more, has a worst battery life and less performances.
For the HDD, it is your decision. Me, with 80 GB, I'm correct, but I have a 250 GB USB external HDD so I don't see the reason to pay more for an internal HDD.
Look at Dell ( E1505, I own this model ), HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus. Stay away from Acer ( poor quality and support ).
Appreciate if you can help me purchase the right notebook.
Stuff I got to have:
Screen: 15.4. Should be good enough to watch movies.
OS: XP Pro or Vista Business. Vista worries me for (1) it's untested (2) other software vendors will need time to support their stuff on vista.
Processor: 1.6GHz should be fine I think but need advise. Gurus, pls advise on Intel Core Duo vs AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual Core.
HDD: I'll install Ubuntu on this. Will 120G be enough?
Sound: OK is fine for me.
Battery: NA, cos I'm going to pay extra for batteries.
Biggest advise I need is on the company/mode/make I should go for. I want something reliable as I'm not going to go for warrant and stuff. Any configuration wont save me if the touchpad is sticky, keypad is not responsive. Or worse! if the keypad starts to fade. All in all I'm looking for 2-3 yrs of worry-free use.
PLEASE PLEASE DROP IN YOUR COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS, ANECDOTES, YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOUR FRIENDS EXPERIENCE ON DIFF MODELS, MAKE ETC.