Compaq AirLife 100 – The Netbook a Smartphone (or Tablet) User Would Love

I’ll be the first to admit it. I wasn’t too keen on hearing that netbook makers were considering using Android as a netbook OS last year. However, since then a little machine called the Compaq AirLife 100 made an appearance at CES 2010 and pulled on my heart strings for attention. I mean, seriously… how can you not fall in love with this little lightweight netbook? It runs Android, but a netbook optimized version of Android — and even includes menu, back, home buttons like its mobile handsets’ along side the touchpad. You also get an applications tab and multiple desktops that you can scroll through using your finger on the touchscreen display. As for battery life, it’s said to be able to run all day (something like 12hrs+). Anyway, the reason I’m bring this product up now is because HP today has added the device to its U.S. website, hinting that it should be available soon. Price: TBD. FYI, some are calling this type of device a “smartbook” since it shares technologies with a smartphone and a netbook.


Product Highlights:

  • 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 16GB hard drive – 1GB set aside for Android apps
  • 10.1 inch TFT resistive touchscreen (1024×600)
  • Webcam
  • SD card slot
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth
  • 28Wh Li-Polymer battery

Software Overview:

  • Home screen with Widgets and Shortcut Strip
  • POP3 & IMAP Email
  • Calendar & Contacts
  • Alarm clock / World clock
  • Calculator & Self Portrait
  • Camcorder video recorder
  • Data transfer counter
  • Wireless printing (photos only)
  • Web browser with tabs and Adobe Flash Lite support
  • Music player
  • RoadSync Exchange (email, calendar, and contacts access and synchronization)
  • NDrive navigation with GPS – comes pre-installed with regional maps and points of interest included1
  • Weather application
  • Quickoffice document handler (works with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files)

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1 Reaction to “Compaq AirLife 100 – The Netbook a Smartphone (or Tablet) User Would Love”

  1. juan says:

    OK… OK… This all about comunications: ANY modern device of this kind must have: 2 USB (modem and flash storage), bluetooth, WiFi, phone (yes, cellular with -at least- 2 phone chips -different provider-), DNLA, HDMI, SD, earphone plug connection (2.5 mm or 3.5 mm), cameras (two of them: video-conference & capture, flash), microphone, GPS, touch screen (letter size 8 1/2″ X 11 “), handwriting recognizing software. Are you on the move? this is it.