Cellular network operator Vodacom recently launched a netbook, the Vodafone Webbook, that, at R1 499, it hopes will give South Africans an affordable entry into personal computing. TechCentral put the Webbook through its paces.
The computer, which runs the Ubuntu Linux operating system — specifically Ubuntu 10.04, code-named Lucid Lynx — has a 10-inch LCD screen, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of flash storage.
It sports an 800MHz Freescale iMX515 processor that is based on the ARM Cortex-A8. It also includes a low-end webcam — centred above the screen — and a built-in microphone for Skype calling.
Ubuntu is a fairly low-demand operating system, which results in the Webbook going from off to booted in under 40 seconds, with another 20-second delay for it to be operational after logging in.
Unfortunately, despite the reasonable boot time, the device is a little sluggish, but then it's a R1 499 netbook so it's more than a little optimistic to expect high-speed performance.