Laptops come with Android

My mate has given me a laptop (which in itself is a strange occurrence, but that’s not the subject of this blog entry). It comes with two OSs, which you can choose from at boot:

  • Android
  • Windows 7

I mean, sure enough, this Acer Aspire netbook literally runs Android. But the hardware is different from any other device I’ve used Android on in the following respects:

  • It dosen’t have a touch-screen
  • It doesn’t have a SIM card
  • It has an x86 processor (Intel Atom), not ARM
  • It does have a keyboard
  • It does have a trackpad (so a pointer appears on the screen like any other desktop OS)
  • The screen is much bigger, and horizontal (so e.g. on the bar you can pull down from the top, each row is just ridiculously wide)

I mean, it does work, but I’m not sure why you’d want to use it?

Perhaps this was the inspiration for Windows 8.

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