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Until recently, netbooks seemed to be computers designed by a subtractive process. That is, you start with a notebook design, and you scale back on the cost by equipping it with lower-power processors, less on-board storage, smaller screens, and either open source software or truncated desktop operating systems. There really hasn't been a powerful example of a "netbook experience" that was built from the ground up to differentiate the devices from their full-powered counterparts.
"There really hasn't been a powerful example of a "netbook experience" that was built from the ground up to differentiate the devices from their full-powered counterparts."
That was the case until the launch of the litl webbook (litl.com) last Wednesday. Our device is built from the ground up to redefine the netbook experience. We want simplicity and minimalism in our design and in our software experience but we want it for a reason and it's not cost.
As you say, most netbooks are just low powered laptops running XP or some sort of linux interface. Litl went back to the drawing board. We're a new company and we're unencumbered by a pre-existing product line. We can break the mold and so we have.
With litl, less is more. We've ditched a lot of the bulky features people have been programmed to expect on laptops, including cumbersome and complex settings, disparate application interfaces and tedious software updates, and just left the minimum needed to have a great web experience with maximum ease of use. We want to get rid of the claptrap that gets in the way of enjoying the web.
We're building a whole new platform for the web, starting with our webbook. A key to our vision is our development of applications that customize webapps and your experience of web media, and unify this into our UI. Instead of learning multiple interfaces to many webapps, you will only need to learn one - ours.
Because we have a remote update system that seamlessly upgrades your software while you sleep (say goodbye to endless antivirus updates and service packs), we will keep pushing new features and new channels into your litl webbook. The software you get now with our device will expand.
We have great design. Our screen bends back so you can stand the device in an inverted-V, thus minimizing the footprint and helping blend a tv-like experience with the web.
And our device looks great. We used the best industrial designers in the US and top quality materials. This is no shoddy cut price netbook. Our LCD is the best on the market for its size (ultra bright and huge wide angle viewing) and our keyboard is also high quality.
We have unique, easy to use device linking and sharing features so your stuff is easily viewed by your family and friends no matter how computer "illiterate" (by prevailing definitions) they might say they are.
To top it off, we have HDMI. Plug our webbook into your big screen tv and enjoy the web bigtime.
Please check us out at litl.com