$99 3G Netbook Tailor-Made For Mobile Blogging

Dec 12th, 2008 | By | Category: Podcasting Hardware

RadioShack has announced that, starting Dec 14th, it will offer an ultra-lightweight, mobile netbook Internet device with integrated 3G wireless technology. The Acer Aspire one netbook is priced at $99.99 for customers who sign up for a qualifying two-year AT&T DataConnect mobile broadband service agreement with plans starting at $60 a month. 

The netbook has a couple strikes against it – starting with the fact that it’s an Acer and it’s underpowered for media editing – but, with its ultra-tiny size, built-in 3G and Web cam, looks like it could be a great platform for mobile blogging/vlogging and social networking. 

Here are the specs:

  • Weighs 2.44 pounds
  • Ultra-compact size measuring 9.8″ x 6.7″ x 1.1″ (W x D x H)
  • Built-in 3G capability
  • 802.11b/g wireless (Wi-Fi)
  • 8.9-inch LCD screen
  • Built-in Web cam
  • Intel Atom processor
  • Windows XP Home
  • 1GB memory
  • 160GB hard drive
  • Built-in memory card readers (dedicated SD and 5-in-1)
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4 Responses to “$99 3G Netbook Tailor-Made For Mobile Blogging”

  1. Its perfect for portable blogging but not quite perfect for mobile blogging.
    I used an MSI Wind netbook at Intels IDF conf. last August and did a live video podcast over Ustream I used a lan connection for this but a good 3G connection should be able to support this activity too.
    http://www.umpcportal.com/2008/08/ultra-mobility-keynote-video-report

    For mobile blogging, I would recommend something smaller and light. More moblogging exploits here.
    http://umpc-moblog.blogspot.com/
    Happy to answer any queries.

    Regards
    Steve

  2. Magnus says:

    Why is the fact that it’s Acer a strike against it? I’m a devoted Apple fan and Mac user but I’ve also bought an Aspire One and I like it. Sure the keyboard is a bit small and the mouse keys are on the left and right side of the mouse pad but it’s pretty quick in running Windows so it’s a good choice for the intended use. Now I should get busy with putting Leopard on it :-)

  3. James Lewin says:

    Magnus

    Acers don’t have a great buyer satisfaction history. I got burned by a Acer computer a few years back myself. Hopefully, they’ve addressed their quality control issues.

  4. Alicia says:

    This looks cute – but I can’t do another $60 bucks a month.

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