@rakkimk's request for my suggestions about netbooks led me into having a discussion about netbooks with him on twitter. Thanks, @rakkimk :)
Posting the tweet conversation here for the benefit of all. FAQ format.
1. Looking at a great netbook? How much did your Samsung one cost?
Ans. Mine costed Rs. 15,300 bought at SP road in Bangalore.
2. Is the 10" screen not too small? Is it not stressful to the eyes?
Ans. Well, 1. screen is matte finish which prevents reflection and which I like. I hate gloss. 2. Great size for portability 3. Once you start using it, it just fades away and let's you do your thing, unless what you do involves multi-page spreadsheets. or presentations or watching HD movies.As for normal SD vids,it's not bad.The clarity is great & in fullscreen mode-quite /good
3. This one is 15K and iPad is 22K ($499). Did you think about iPad at all?
Ans. Yes I did. iPad and MacBook Air. First of all, my budget wasn't permitting. Secondly, iPad sucks in terms of not having ethernet, flash support, hackability, USB support etc.. MacBook Air was just plain costly.
Besides, my purpose was to use it as a download machine that stays ON 24x7, netbook itself is an overkill. Should've got a NAS box.
After all this, support is my major priority. Samsung support - I can find in any major town in India. Apple - Not so.