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I think that perhaps this page should be edited for factuality vs. hyperbole. The whole thing seems to me to read like a commercial for why "Smartbooks are TOTALLY AWESOME, DUDE!", rather than a factual discourse on what, in fact, they are. Perhaps it's just me. --184.108.40.206 (talk) 18:24, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
- There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what the smartbook category of devices actually are. The basic concept behind them is that they are a smartphone class of device (always on, always connected, long battery life, running a smartphone OS like Android), but with a form factor that is more like a netbook (larger screen and a keyboard, although there are possibilities for manufacturers to do tablet style devices with multitouch input as well). A smartbook is a "big smartphone" as opposed to a netbook, which is a "scaled down laptop" (running a computer OS such as Windows or Ubuntu). From a power/performance perspective, the biggest difference is the fact that Atom-based netbooks consume 2W of power, while Snapdragon only consumes half a watt. The performance of the processors themselves also favor the Snapdragon/Android combo, rather than Atom/Windows or Atom/Ubuntu. Again, a netbook is basically a crippled laptop, while a smartbook is an expanded smartphone. I realize that might sound "commercial-y", but that really is the difference. And while Snapdragon is an ARM architecture, it is a fact that Qualcomm developed Snapdragon and created the marketing niche for the smartbook category as described on the hellosmartbook site. Other ARM implementations, such as those from Freescale, may or may not achieve the power/performance level of Snapdragon. Zanzan42 (talk) 20:03, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
- I've tagged it and had a first pass, but it still sounds like a qualcomm advert - most of the qualcomm-specific references should be made generic. -- samj inout 15:18, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
- From the article, you could conclude that smartbooks are either built from Snapdragon, or an ARM-based processor. This is misleading, as Snapdragon is based on ARM. So, IMAO Snapdragon and Qualcomm do not deserve to be mentioned in this article - it's enough to mention that smartbooks are powered by ARM. --220.127.116.11 (talk) 18:31, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Smartbook == UMPC?
My understanding is that smartbooks sit between (rather than compete directly with) smartphones and netbooks/notebooks... essentially making them equivalent to UMPCs? -- samj inout 15:11, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
- I think UMPCs were ment to be tablets initially (and they mostly were), while smartbook nas been presented as a keyboard (say "laptop style") device.--Kozuch (talk) 07:23, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
Smarbook - Legal Claim in Germany
There ist a legal issue about Smartbook in Germany. A German Computer-Company have a Trademark for SmartBokk since 2005 an put a claim on Qualcomm. Qualcom have to prevent access from Germany to all Websites, where the is the Name SmartBook an.
Some (german) Infos at http://www.heise.de/mobil/Marken-Aerger-ums-Smartbook--/newsticker/meldung/144547 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 17:10, 31 August 2009 (UTC)
- smartbook.asia is now blacklisted locally. We shouldn't see them again. MER-C 05:32, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
Qualcomm, the creator of the term, has stated that tablets have replaced smartbooks, according to this link: http://www.slashgear.com/tablets-killed-smartbooks-says-qualcomm-ceo-08101260/
- Wikipedia contains a lot of articles about no-longer-manufactured objects and dead people. Why should we treat smartbooks in a different way? Dimawik (talk) 17:59, 10 September 2010 (UTC)
- Genesi has stated that they will release a new version of their Efika MX Smartbook using the i.MX6 SOC in 2012 .
- Aren't we being a bit presumptuous when we declare the Smartbook dead because of a statement by Qualcomm? I mean, it seems everyone keeps saying that the laptop is dead, but I don't see the laptop article being rephrased in the past tense. Runesvend (talk) 18:56, 8 April 2012 (UTC)