by Jin S. Kim
Android Netbook Acer‘s Aspire One D250 is a netbook but can dual-boot* into Android and Windows 7. The company launched the dual-boot D250 today. But the one weird omission on the Android netbook is that the LCD is not touch-capable. Does Android work well without touch? Well, yes: you can use the trackpad or an attached mouse. But is that how you want to work on an Android netbook? Certainly not. You want to interact with it as you would a smartphone: with your finger. *You can’t boot into Windows 7 and you’ll need to select “Switch OS” from Android’s slide-out menu and wait for Windows 7 to boot up.
Specs Here are the quick specs of the dual-boot D250: 1.6GHz Atom N270, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Ethernet, SDHC slot, VGA, USB, 1024 x 600 resolution, smallish trackpad and keyboard.
VM Please Register Hardware’s James Sherwood got to work with the Aspire One D250 at Acer’s product launch in central London on October 14. The Aspire One D250 is not a brand new netbook but Acer has modified it to work on both Android and Windows 7 (32-bit). You can see the YouTube video (quite boring actually) that has been set so it is not embeddable. The major benefit of Android is that you have near-instant boot. So what is Windows for? Probably Microsoft Office for when you actually need to get work done. With virtualization all the rage these days, I wonder how long it will be until Android is virtualized via VMWare or Parallels. That would be cool to play around with.