Very good question and can be very confusing to the consumer.
As we know it, a laptop can be defined as a Desktop put into a confined but useable space, hence the term 'laptop'. Nowadays many laptops perform as well as the old tower shoved under the desk. The performance relates to the money you put into the machine.
A laptop sits....on your lap, so we would believe. Modern laptops require efficient cooling so bunging on your lap, your sofa or your bed whilst using is not a very good idea.
Laptop screen sizes can emulate a pretty good visual aspect. Most are 15.6" to 17" widescreen displays. Great for Spreadsheet, wordprocessing and picture editing.
The idea of the laptop was to make it portable originally but times have changed. Your laptop now probably has more processing power (dual core etc), HDD space and ram than your old Desktop!
So the laptop has come of age and in many cases replaces the tower.
However, the nomenclature 'Notebook / Netbook', has quite different meanings.
In most cases a notebook is a 'pocket' version of the above. The processor may be single core and the ram limited to perhaps 1gb ram. The operating system will or might be a cut down version of windows, like Win 7 'Starter' or perhaps xp. Some are linux based.
A netbook / notebook will have the OS, a browser and perhaps a limited amount of software but usually an Office program of sorts will be available. It will have a wireless card allowing access to the internet and email obviously.
A netbook / notebook will have normally a 10" screen.
It will have a limited HDD space. (not a prob, because you will have a usb drive hopefully)
As a tool, the netbook should be able to keep you going on the run. Don't expect much more from it because it is almost impossible to upgrade anything other than the ram. Gaming and the like is just not possible to be sure.
What you have to decide is how you are going to use your final choice of machine.
Which one is better is really a matter of choice.
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