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Dual boot Android/XP Acer netbook available for pre-order

I've been pretty pleased with my MSI Wind netbook and use it to manage my Zune content and sync up devices that do not work natively with my Mac. I am also a fan of the Android operating system so I was intrigued to read over on Android Central that the dual boot Acer Aspire One D250 is now available for Amazon pre-order for $349.99. This 10.1 inch netbook can be booted into either Windows XP or the Google Android operating system and has a reported 9 hour battery life. Is there any benefit to having the Google Android OS on a netbook form factor?
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer on

I've been pretty pleased with my MSI Wind netbook and use it to manage my Zune content and sync up devices that do not work natively with my Mac. I am also a fan of the Android operating system so I was intrigued to read over on Android Central that the dual boot Acer Aspire One D250 is now available for Amazon pre-order for $349.99. This 10.1 inch netbook can be booted into either Windows XP or the Google Android operating system and has a reported 9 hour battery life (with wireless and in "normal" working mode you will probably see 5 hours or so).

I have not yet seen the Android OS running on a netbook device and am interested in seeing how it will be presented and used on such a form factor. I know on my T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Hero it is highly focused on the connected data of the phone and am not sure how that will play out on a notebook. The Aspire One D250 has great specs for a netbook and is priced quite reasonably. Some of the specs include:

* 10.1-inch LED-backlit CrystalBrite screen (1024 x 600 resolution) * Unique dual-boot operating system lets you choose between Windows XP (SP3) or Google Android * 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor * Up to 9 hours of battery life with included 6-cell battery * Multi-gesture Touchpad for circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom, and page flip * 160 GB hard drive (5400 RPM) * 1 GB DDR2 RAM (533 MHz; 2 GB maximum capacity) * Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 video processor * Crystal Eye webcam supports Acer PrimaLite technology * 84-key keyboard, 89 percent of standard-size with 12 function keys, WLAN switch * 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) * Bluetooth 2.1 radio * 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players * Analog video output: 1 VGA * Multi-in-1 memory card reader compatible with MultiMediaCard, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card * 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack * Stereo speakers and optimized Dolby Headphone technology for 5.1-channel audio * Dimensions: 10.17 x 8.04 x 1 inches (WxDxH) * Weight: 2.79 pounds

The multi-gesture touchpad looks interesting and I look forward to reading reviews to see if that is supported in both Windows XP and the Android OS. At this price I am seriously thinking of moving from my MSI Wind to this dual boot setup, but first want to see if there is any benefit to having the Android OS on a notebook device.

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