After a considerable amount of time to consider the specifications of the Vodafone Webbook, I can state quite confidentley that it is... well... humble. Though, Humble if imagined to take on human characteristics, does not necessarily have to denote the words bad or weak.
Humble has his limitations but is confident of his capabilities. If he is not met with too many expectations, Humble will never be a disappointment. What makes the little Vodafone Webbook so special? -The fact that it is suited perfectly for its target market, those who have been previously unnable to afford laptops. Its not going to run Battlefield 3, if you want it to, you are missing the point.
However, its hardware specifications are a little hard to digest. The 512mbs/RAM is sufficient for a webbook, but the 800mhz processor is ancient technology and makes the user dynamic tedious. The processor is unnecessarily slow; and after reading US consumer's comments on the machine, Americans suggested that they would be able to obtain a base level Intel Atom powered webbook for the dollar equivalent of just under R2000.00. It has only 4gigs onboard memory, but that does not have to be a catastrophe if you hook up a 32gig flash to one of its 2 USB ports.
If you're starting to think that South Africans are being taken advantage of yet again, consider that to a low income household R1500.00 (Humble's unbundled price) is significantly easier to swallow than R2000.00, which can be an entire month's part-time salary for a struggling student. At least at R1500.00, in a single month, the kid can still afford a laptop and have 500 bucks kaching for booze.
The Ubuntu OS operating within itself is an absolute joy. It is simple, fast and practical as long as you do not run too many applications at once or +5 tabs in the web browser. Ubuntu only becomes annoying when you want to install all your favourite windows compatible system programmes. However, a rebuttal to this issue is that the Ubuntu OS is fitted with all the applications you will need to get by and it does have its own AppStore, where most of the apps are free.
As I hammer away on the less than soft-touch keyboard, I am compelled to be slightly disappointed by the machine, it could have been a smidge better and still priced under R2000.00. But that is exactly the problem with pc consumers, what we have is never enough. Your core i5 could be an i7, your GT220 graphics card could be a GT450 Sti Gsi Turbo-charged Frozen Black Legacy edition. If you bring that mentality to the table when using it, then the Vodafone Webbook is clearly not for you, because you will never stop judging it.
This is Humble, it connects to the internet easily, has simple Wifi options, is able to process documents, has a host of fun little applications, good battery life, a practical OS and funky exterior. Humble is the average Joe, he is a splendid little machine. Love him without inflated expectations and he will not do you a disservice.