Welcome back to Tech News for Nerds. This week’s installment is for all the phone-loving nerds out there. That’s because the wireless industry’s major trade show happened last week: CTIA 2010. All the journalists who’d just gotten over the last trip to Vegas (for CES back in January) had to trudge out that way again for more cell phones, smartbooks, apps and more. Trust me, the lack of 3D TVs didn’t make it any less exciting.
We covered a ton of things over on Laptop Magazine’s blog and if you’re curious about what those things were, you can check it out here. For those of you just interested in the highlights, read on.
Let’s put phones aside for a second and talk about Smartbooks. What is a Smartbook, you ask? It’s like a netbook married a phone but genetically modified the baby in utero so it wouldn’t come out a tablet. Maybe that’s not helpful.
How about this: smartbooks are the size of netbooks (7 – 10 inches) but often thinner and lighter because they have solid state drives and run on chips that don’t require a fan. These are similar to the chips found in smart phones, and smartbooks will operate somewhat like smart phones in that they will turn on instantly, use little power, and run Linux-based operating systems. They also have built-in mobile broadband, so you can access the internet from anywhere, just like a smartphone.
Pretty cool, right? We saw a ton of smartbooks at CES (my favorite is the Lenovo Skylight. It’s soooo thin and beautiful), and an update on another favorite at CTIA.