A friend forwarded me this video that compares the boot time of the MacBook Air to that of a Dell Mini 9 netbook and the results are pretty astonishing.
Keep in mind that this test is unscientific and that the MacBook Air is using a standard SATA hard drive whereas the Dell Mini 9 is using Solid State Drive (SSD). It's also worth noting that the MBA's Core 2 Duo processor is much faster than the Atom processor for day-to-day use. Anyone with a MBA/SSD want to do a test?
The more that I use my Mini 9 the more I realize how much Apple is missing the boat by not releasing a netbook. Apple could capture a lot of incremental revenue that they're currently ceding to Acer, Asus and Dell by releasing a netbook. At minimum, Apple should release a mini-tablet/larger iPhone and with Bluetooth accessory support for keyboards and mice as this could possibly stem the tide.
I don't buy for a minute that Apple's not interested in the netbook space, it would simply be bad business for Apple to ignore this white-hot market. Unless you believe that Apple can't make a computer under $500 that isn't a "piece of junk" in which case, it's admitting that its computers are overpriced. Because Dell makes a pretty darned good computer that starts at around $250.