Netbooks kind of died out. Not because there was anything wrong with netbooks but because they were not profitable enough. Now they are trying to sell ultrabooks which are nothing but laptops designed to be thin. No telling how many maintenance problems they will have just because they are thin.
But Google has now unleashed the Nexus 7. A 7 inch tablet running Android Jelly bean which has killer specs compared to the Amazon Kindle Fire for the same price of $200. It is quad core at 1.3 GHz compared to the 1 GHz dual-core Kindle. So it is about 2.5 times the processing power with double the RAM, a gigabyte instead of 512 megabytes.
But Amazon and Google are trying to make these media machines rather than full fledged computers by having 8 gig storage limits. For and extra $50 Google will let you have 16 gig. $50 for 8 gig at today's prices is ridiculous. There is an alternative for the same price. Kingston has a wi-fi device called a Wi-Drive. It is remote storage accessible via wi-fi like an extra hard drive. $50 for 16 gig which is half the price per gig as from Google. But there is also 32 gig for $90 and 64 gig for $140.
Google Nexus 7 hands-on - SlashGear
Google Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean initial review | Android Community
Google Nexus 7 gets the benchmark treatment
Hands on: Kingston Wi-Drive 64GB review | News | TechRadar
Kingston 16GB Wi-Drive Flash Storage for Apple iDevices
Here is the best single review I have seen so far:
So is this pushing the diminishing returns point on the tech? It ain't about the power anymore it is about what you do with it. The Internet has turned into a marketing bizarre with mostly redundant information. You can find a thousand sites that all tell you pretty much the same thing except those that get stuff wrong.