It seems everyone and their dog is coming out with a netbook. Verizon and AT&T are the latest entrants in the race to produce the itsy-bitsiest, teeny-weeniest, underpoweredest laptop on the market.

Apple is the lone holdout, steadfastly refusing to cop to any plans to join the netbook stampede - although some have argued that they already have, thanks to the iPhone.

I have to admit, if the iPhone's keyboard was just a little better, and Safari just a little more Flash-friendly, I'd have no use case for a netbook at all... and as it is, I can barely muster a coherent argument for why I need one. Yet I covet them desperately. Desperately.

Which probably explains why so many people are still dying to get into this market. In a down economy, any product line with customers as irrationally interested as I am probably has at least some legs.

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