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What exactly can and can't netbooks do? My youngest is considering one because she doesn't have a puter and can't afford one right now. Besides she likes the convenience of the small size of netbooks.
It depends on the netbook. They are nowhere near the power of my big laptop, that's true. They have a smaller screen by far, and the keyboard can feel cramped if you have large hands.
If you just need something for word processor, email, chatting, surfing the internet, taking notes in class and such, then a netbook has enough resources to do what you need. If you need to do anything graphics intensive, or do a lot of gaming or using high-resources programs, or need lots of screen space for what you do, they'll fail utterly.
After almost 2 years of being a netbook owner (original 8.9" acer aspire, then sold it and got a new 10.1"), I've never regretted it. No, they're not the most amazing computers, but they are FAR more than "big cell phones". They are full-fledged computers... just not very powerful ones. Some can have their RAM upgraded, but you void the warranty by doing so. I doubled the memory in my Acer the instant I got it home, up to 2GB.
As a college student who likes to type her notes in class, but has medical restrictions on the weight she can carry, my netbook was a godsend. As long as you don't need to do anything that requires lots of processing power and speed, or a large screen, they're fine.
And? It's better than not having a computer at all, by a LONG shot.