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Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of apple kit but, as with all pda type phones they are quite limited in their use for web browsing and I can't help feeling that they are still something of a novelty item.
Far more interesting news comes from gizmodo - the gadget and tech news site in the form of the news article Japan has subnotebooks for $1 with data plans .
In a similar vein to how we rent our mobile phones the asus sub notebook is essentially free when tied in with a rental contract of approximately £32 per month. For that you get access to the internet using the much quicker 4G wireless networking, a full office suite, a simple and easy to use browser, email and news client and most importantly a readable 7" screen and a useable qwerty keyboard.
Imagine that - quick easy access to the internet allowing you to work, buy and browse effectively any where anytime. Now if the UK carriers were to take this idea on board and supply sub notebooks free with mobile phone contracts i'm sure even more people would embrace the online world.