Originally Posted by HarryT
As a software developer I'm used to buying reasonably high-spec machines, so $1000 seems pretty modest to me. The most recent laptop I bought cost £850 (about $1300).
That makes sense, but most students don't do that. The majority can get buy on low end machines.
Tablets are overpriced, so netbooks are a far better tool for the average student. They're much cheaper (half the cost) and better spec'd, giving the student more functionality.
I have both a netbook and a tablet. If I had to choose between the two, I'd take my netbook in a heartbeat.