It’s never really fair to post a full review of a device before it’s been officially released because it’s hard to determine how many of the issues you have with the hardware and software are due to the pre-release nature of the product. With that in mind, the folks at Chinese web site ePrice got their hands on an Acer Aspire One D250 netbook that can dual boot Windows XP and Google Android and they’ve posted a sort of pre-review.
Here’s the short version: Google Android boots in just about 20 seconds and shuts down almost instantly. You can choose either Android or Windows from the boot screen. But Acer doesn’t appear to have done much (yet?) to optimize Android for use on the netbook. In other words, it still works like a cellphone operating system with programs opening in full screen mode.
Acer has also removed access to the Android Market, which makes downloading and installing new applications more difficult. There could be a good reason for that: most Android devices have ARM-based processors, while the Acer Aspire One D250 has an Intel Atom CPU. It’s possible that some programs designed for smartphones won’t play so well with the netbook, but I haven’t tested this theory yet so I could be way off base.
You can find more pictures at ePrice. Keep in mind, it’s possible that Acer could tweak the software significantly before releasing this netbook… if the company ever does release it.