However, Acer must see a greater potential in Android than as a fast-access alternative to Windows. If it didn't, it would have told us it's working on an try-or-buy application store for the platform to allow developers to sell apps designed for the D250's 1024 x 600 screen.
View your photos, videos etc.
As it stands, since the D250 is a netbook and Android here provides almost all of the functionality most folk want from a netbook - web and email access, and content viewing - how often will users actually boot into Windows?
Acer expects then to do so when they need to use productivity apps and software tools that are specific to the Microsoft platform. Clearly, it's worried that not having Windows aboard may put punters off. For our part, we'd like to see an Android-only version of the D250.
The hardware is Acer's standard Aspire One D250
Operating systems aside, the machine itself is light, good-looking and well built. A quick look at the PC’s systems settings screen – through Windows, of course – revealed that the D250’s specifications haven’t changed since our review in June.
It has a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor and 1GB of DDR 2 memory. It has the usual netbook-standard set of USB ports, analog audio jacks, Ethernet and VGA connectors, and an SDHC memory card slot.
Customary netbook spec and features
One word of warning, though: the D250’s trackpad and key are both annoyingly small, which could prove an issue for those with big-thumbs.
Acer has yet to release the dual-OS D250’s final specifications, price or launch date. ®
Hands on with Acer's dual-OS netbook
Had Vista and got Win7 booting from "sleep" quicker than that. In fact I doubt there's much in it between Android and W7 in boot times from a cold boot looking at the video...
How can it be a release
with no date of availability, price etc.
Is that not just a proof of concept ?
You beat me to it. I can't figure out what they've put Android on there for either.....
Dual OS could be a first from a major manufacturer?
Thanks for posting all these videos of this cool netbook!
I just wonder if it will be worth the extra cost and data contract.
I am very impressed with my ASUS 1005HA netbook.
I can overclock it to over 2.0Ghz and have little trouble browsing websites with it.
I wrote a review at the following link that details the Intel Atom N270 performance:
I wouldn't exactly call it instant boot, there is a couple of second delay but it's much quicker than what I've seen Windows or even the latest Ubuntu releases to. I'd have thought though that they would include an option to boot straight into Windows, I mean having to boot into Android and then switch OS to Windows seems a bit long winded to me.
Still it's good to see that Android would probably cover a fair bit anyway (Internet, E-Mail, Media).
Maybe to shave a bit of time off the boot they can help add support for Coreboot.