Re: Personal testimonial--realtime
Many a true word!
Several years ago I bought my mother an atom powered Lenovo S10e netbook. She wanted something small and portable just for checking emails. It even came with a large (6 cell I think) battery. It seems to last forever even when set on performance.
Despite owning smart phones and tablets, guess what happens whenever I go away? Yup, I go and borrow the S10e. As the OP said, it's small enough to slip in hand luggage on the plane, it has blue tooth, wifi, a couple of USB ports and a whopping 160gig hard drive for storing all my 12Mb raw photos from my Nikon collection (this accounts for the rest of my hand luggage!).
I've even been known to do a bit of photo post processing on the netbook - although it's not something I wish to make a habit of! Slooooow! However, at least it's an option if I really have to.
All for less than £300 new. Bargain.