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Acer Android Netbook

Andy Vandervell


Acer Gets Official With Android Netbook

Acer has been teasing the possibility of an Android netbook for some time now and today it decided to show it off. Being a netbook there isn't actually that much to say, even less so since this is simply a tweaked version of its current offering, the Aspire One D250. As such there's a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 10.1in display and a 160GB hard drive, though 2GB of RAM does provide some variety.

That increase in RAM can be explained by the presence of Windows 7 as the main OS, with Android being the instant-on alternative option. It's pretty quick, too, booting in under 20 seconds and running very briskly. Yet, as the shot of the music player below demonstrates, Android isn't best suited to such a large display and Acer doesn't appear to have done anything to enhance this operation. Moreover the navigation is less than intuitive, relying on the 'Esc' key to function as the 'back' button normally present on an Android smartphone. We're less than convinced.

Like the new laptops there's no pricing or availability just yet, but it's a netbook so it should be pretty cheap and in all likelihood ought to drop shortly after Windows 7's launch next week.


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