Acer Aspire One D260 netbook - Dual boot Windows and Android

Acer Aspire One D260 netbook - Dual boot Windows and Android

Summary: Netbooks have become sort of boring lately, with everything new starting to taste like beans. But Acer has decided to do something different with the Aspire One D260 and add an interesting dual boot feature - Windows and Android.

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Netbooks have become sort of boring lately, with everything new starting to taste like beans. But Acer has decided to do something different with the Aspire One D260 and add an interesting dual boot feature - Windows and Android.

The netbook itself is pretty standard fayre:

  • 10.1 inch, 1,024 x 600 display
  • Choice of:  - 1.66GHz Atom N450 with 1GB of DDR2 RAM - 1.66GHz Atom N455 with 2GB of DDR3
  • Intel GMA 3150 graphics
  • 250GB hard drive
  • Card reader, 3x USB, Wireless N, Bluetooth, Ethernet ...
  • 8 hour battery life with optional 6 cell battery
  • Size: 258.5mm x 185mm x 24mm
  • Weight: 1.25kg
  • MiniGo adapter 34% lighter than typical adapters
  • Choice of four colors: Black Flake, Purple Flake, Pink Flake and Charcoal Flake.

What's really interesting about this device is the dual boot - offering both Windows 7 and Google Android OS. There's very little info on the Android OS from Acer at present, so I'm guessing Android 1.5. We are however promised a 15 second boot time to check email and surf the web, which is nice.

No price yet, and availability is expected July 1st.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • All part of the move off of Windows. This is a good transition solution

    NT
    DonnieBoy
    • ROTFL! Nice excuse, if it works for you, keep using it.

      but then again DonnieBoy, it looks as though the real reason escaped you:

      The best way to sell a computer is to put Windows on it!

      I wonder how much Google paid Acer to put that on there? I'm sure Acer is laughing all the way to the bank!

      LOL! :)
      John Zern
      • Actually, the question is how low did Microsoft have to go to stay relevant

        on netbooks? The other problem for MS is the Arm netbooks are coming. Then, in addition to the Windows license, you have to pay for more expensive hardware.
        DonnieBoy
      • Acer is giving user options in hope of more broader appeal

        Google does not have to pay acer to put Chrome OS. Acer is just trying to broaden the appeal of their products. Some people would buy this product just for Chrome, and some people will use Chrome just for 15 second boot time. Chrome is actually good feature for quick boot if you only want to use the web, since web use is the point of Chrome.
        hamobu-22333136139518773481685514128812
  • RE: Acer Aspire One D260 netbook - Dual boot Windows and Android

    I own a previous dual-boot model: Acer AOD250 http://goo.gl/fyT4, running a customized Android 1.5. From what I see in your article a new model isn't much different.
    Acer AOD250 seriously suffers from its lack of touch-screen, because a version of Android it runs wasn't customized enough to work flawlessly with mouse (although it does support an external mouse.) A lack of Android Market doesn't help either.
    I wonder why they decided to offer a next model; previous one wasn't popular.
    vkelman@...
    • Maybe they've added things to it

      and have banked on the Android Market now having some more apps to make it more appealing?

      Or maybe Google gave them a lot of money to put it on?

      The bottom line is that it still runs Windows if the Android side is lacking for the time being.
      John Zern
  • RE: Acer Aspire One D260 netbook - Dual boot Windows and Android

    Android with Viruses. Cool!
    tburzio
  • Dual boot

    It is nice to have options.
    What I REALLY want to see is a full size laptop that will allow me to dual boot Windows and Linux. Maybe throw in Chrome when it becomes worthwhile. And while we are at it Windows XP so I can reconnect a couple of older pieces of hardware that I can't get new drivers for.

    I can only dream.

    Side note for trolls: yes, I do have to deal with that kind of a variable environment; no, the real world does not have the budget to buy all new stuff.
    lars626
    • Dual boot not that difficult

      @lars626 Buying a new one with dual boot might be a little difficult, but adding Ubuntu to an existing Windows XP install isn't too bad. The 'hardest' part is re-arranging the Windows files to one end of the disk so you can partition it. Once you do that, there are some pretty good instructions on how to do the install.
      nvrtis@...
      • RE: Acer Aspire One D260 netbook - Dual boot Windows and Android

        @nvrtis@... @lars626@ you don't need to re-arrange your files, Ubuntu does that for you, you put the disk in and click "next next next next next done" :P

        As for XP thats just as easy, you can triple boot if you like, install XP first, then windows 7 then ubuntu :D
        dc84
  • Being able to dual-boot Windows and a Linux distro is news? How so?

    [b] [/b]
    AzuMao
  • RE: Acer Aspire One D260 netbook - Dual boot Windows and Android

    Actually I like triboot: XP, Windows 7, and Ubuntu. Now if I could only get a copy of Snow Leopard I could really fly.
    randys@...
    • Snow leopard on a netbook?

      @randys@... Snow leopard on a netbook? - I think there's a good reason that apple don't use it on the iPad.
      toviz@...