I'm not sure how many golden ages of mobile computing you can have, but another contextual realization just occurred to me, we've broken yet another milestone with the praises of the so called ground breaking cheap and cheerful 7 inch net-books having now become a sort of lame memory with only the likes of Sony under their core Sony brand being able boast truly desirable waif like net-book machines that could fit into the back pocket of your jeans with a little effort despite the fact it would have cost you the best part of a grand at the time.



Thanks to Android having truly taken traction we now have a vastly lighter mobile computing OS that goes like the clappers which has all in all still managed to remain extremely light on hardware resource requirements even to this day. You would have been lucky to be able to get a couple of hours of battery run time on the portable 7 inch Asus machines of yesterday, and even then they were still generally cripplingly slow for most things with a slow 16GB SSD, and cumbersome 900MHz single core chip (which tended to get ridiculously hot) showing things on a 1024 x 600 res screen which warranted a price tag that first saw the machines in at just short of £300 on entry into the market.



The 7 inch Asus of today? A sleek, slim and beautifully designed multi-touch tablet harboring a 1.3GHz quad core processor with Nvidia terga3 GPU for games, 1GB of DDR3 ram whilst additionally giving you true 16GB of fast SSD storage (barely any of which is give over to OS usage) with a 1280 x 800 res display at an entry market price of £159 direct from the makers of the Android OS themselves over at the official Google store online.  All of which you could just whimsically lightly balance over your fingertips and hold in place with your thumb whilst casually swipe gesturing and lightly tapping to browse the web or generally navigate the thing. It'll even go for up to 8 hours continuously before even needing to get its mains delivered hit of juice to keep it going, and even then I still reckon they've purposely gimped its potential mains deprived up time.



You've now even got the Blackberry playbook at £130 with a 1.2Ghz dualcore processor, 64GB of SSD storage, and a 1280 x 800 display that will give your 8 hours of continues HD video away from the mains.



It looks like Jobs vision of touch screen based keyboardless mobile computing devices being the norm is coming to fruition, but even then there's always the option to use some sort of physical keyboard with it connected via USB or Bluetooth. But having said that, its only thanks to Tim Cook that Job's disdain for anything smaller than an iPad2 has been pretty much canned to have given way for the Apple to join the rest of the smaller form factor toting market with the ipad mini. 



Visually pleasing premium designed mobile computing is no longer just for the elite, which at the same time also kind of makes me wonder why something like the OLPC project couldn't be mobilized more effectively against the current state of things for developed world.