More about new powerbooks

Yesterdays post on the new powerbooks was a good start, but i still think that macworld coverage was far too poor on this site and although it is a little late i’ll try to give some more resources on the new powerbooks (imho the highlight of mwsf03) @ny times and cnet. I don’t really know why everyones so excited about the 17″ pb rather than the 12″, am i missing something there? I always thought the powerbook-sub were the big news… btw, don’t miss this wonderful powerbook ad and this interesting news about ipod-thieves @wired.

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Apples new Powerbooks (12″ & 17″)

I can’t believe i didn’t comment on apples new powerbooks yet, but i suppose i was just too surprised. I remember i went out with a friend on the day of steve jobs mwsf keynote. He recently purchased a shiny new 15″ powerbook and we were both very excited, so i kept checking back the apple-site on my visor regularly and when the news finally hit me, i didn’t really know what to think about those two new powerbooks, featuring a 12″ and a 17″ screen. I had really hoped that apple would announce a tablet that day, so i was rather disappointed in the first place. But after closer consideration i have to say that it was imho a smart move: apple had no professional subnotebook, but only a great consumer-sub with its ibook. Let’s hope that they can attract people looking for a powerful sub with their new 12″ powerbook. I still don’t know what to think of the new 17″ powerbook, but it simply feels wrong to me to build notebooks with 17″ screen (and i don’t think that i’m alone, all people i told about thought that it’s insane). On the other hand, apple managed to keep the weight of it bearable (6.8 lbs), considering the weight of several less feature-ladden windows-laptops. I just can’t figure out their targetbuyer group for that device: as a graphics designer or deverloper i would rather go with a much more powerful (and much cheaper!) powermac, as a corporate user i would go with the slim and lightweight 12″ powerbook and as a consumer i wouldn’t spend $3299 for a desktop-replacement laptop.

Sony NZ90-PDA featuring 2 megapixel digicam

After sony announced the nx7ov last fall, there’s already a successor for it: the sony nz90. Its featureset is really impressive: palmos 5, 200mhz xscale cpu, 16 mb ram, 320×480 screen with virtual graffiti, integrated bluetooth and a 2 megapixel digicam!!! Supposed to ship for $800, additional coverage @infosync and pic.