Acer has delivered on its promise to develop a netbook incorporating the Android operating system with the release of the updated Aspire One AOD250. Featuring a dual-boot option, the model operates with both Android and Windows XP.

Continuing a busy time for Acer releases, the Aspire One AOD250 offers the choice of booting up in Android for a faster “instant on” option, as opposed to waiting for the Windows OS to load. The system features a “one-click” OS switching function, giving the user the option to change OS depending on the demands of the task at hand.

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It's early days yet for the union of Android and netbooks, with the OS traditionally geared towards smartphones. Android comes pre-loaded with several applications and offers full Flash support, and while a user can boot up quickly to check emails and the like, more complex tasks will require a switch to Windows XP.

Much like the previous model of the same name, the updated AOD250 weighs less than 3lbs, features a 10.1-inch CrystalBrite backlit LED display, 160GB HDD and 1GB RAM, this time with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor. Integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Intel GMA 950 graphics, as well as a Crystal Eye webcam, microphone and a Multi-Gesture Touchpad are also part of the package. A 6-cell battery is standard, which provides around six hours of life on a single charge.

Available in four colors, the Acer Aspire One AOD250 with dual-boot is retailing from US$349.99.

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