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    News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    A Palo Alto, CA firm has managed to make a sub $100 netbook and is hoping it can help bridge the digital divide both in the third world and in the US.
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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    *ahem* 256GB of RAM? Not bad for a $99 netbook...

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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    LOL! Beat me to it :-)

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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    It's just too small really, isn't it?

    1024x768 (who cares about widescreen on these things? This surely should be the minimum res they should be aiming for)

    9", 4:3 ratio screen

    Other specs are fine if we're talking about an internet access machine. Stick some lightweight OS on it and thats all you'll need. But for the love of god, make the screen size and resolution something you actually don't mind using! So it might increase cost to $125...you'll have a machine inifinitely more user friendly.

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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    Anyone else getting diverted to a Russian URL when trying to click various links on their website?
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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    looks like they've been hacked
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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    ... it might increase cost to $125...you'll have a machine inifinitely more user friendly.
    That's a 25% increase in cost! If you're aiming for a particular price point you have to hit it. People who can't afford more than $99 for a laptop aren't going to care about a few extra pixels if they can still check their email on it - they *are* going to care about an extra $26.

    More worrying to me is the apparent assumption that it is impossible to live without 24hr internet access. Lets be brutally honest, the vast majority of people do not need TV, computers, and internet - yet society is increasingly making out that people without these things are somehow deprived or disadvantaged. When did using free internet access at your local library suddenly become stigmatising and a mark of deprivation? I appreciatew the convenience of technology as much as the next man, but comparing an American not being able to buy their own laptop to people struggling to survive in the poorest countries in the world is frankly insulting...

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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    It also features 256 GB RAM,
    !!! 256 GB of ram for $100? Gimmie!
    See System Specs.

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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    anyone else laugh at their logo?

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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    anyone else laugh at their logo?
    Every time I see it, glad it's not just me
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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    That's a 25% increase in cost! If you're aiming for a particular price point you have to hit it. People who can't afford more than $99 for a laptop aren't going to care about a few extra pixels if they can still check their email on it - they *are* going to care about an extra $26.

    More worrying to me is the apparent assumption that it is impossible to live without 24hr internet access. Lets be brutally honest, the vast majority of people do not need TV, computers, and internet - yet society is increasingly making out that people without these things are somehow deprived or disadvantaged. When did using free internet access at your local library suddenly become stigmatising and a mark of deprivation? I appreciatew the convenience of technology as much as the next man, but comparing an American not being able to buy their own laptop to people struggling to survive in the poorest countries in the world is frankly insulting...
    Where did that rant come from? Let's be really honest here - without easy access to the internet you are disadvantaged in various ways - less convenience , reduced ability to find the best prices, discounts on bills, the best deals when buying goods. Basically you're lacking a major source of knowledge and communication and that restricts your options. Yes you can function without it, but with som many normal day things carried out over the internet now. You're going to be spending more time doing things, and paying more for things that everyone else can do faster and cheaper thanks to the internet.

    The point about 3rd world people struggling to survive / American's not able to afford a laptop - I don't really understand why you started veering in this direction. Your post seems disjoined, but can I just suggest that the fact we all buy high end PCs instead of donating that cash to charity, that's insulting as well. We don't need them - the world isn't a fair place, we know that, but I'm not sure why we're talking about it in the context of this news article.

    I would also suggest that if an American is struggling to find an extra $25 (assuming that's what it would cost) to buy a laptop that is many time more user friendly, they should probably not be buying a $100 laptop in the first place. 25% true, and $2 is 100% more expensive than $1, but it's still only a dollar difference. My point being $25 is not that much for anyone, regardless if it's 25%...all a matter of opinion at the end of the day. I just think the usability/price point aren't quite right.

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    Re: News - Cherrypal releases $99 netbook

    so cherrypal () have taken a maplin style £100 "trick parents into thinking this is a" netbook and doubled the RAM? woo :|
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