Recently a friend of mine asked for some Netbook buying advice; yesterday I saw a question posted on CafeMom on the same thing, so here's a short list of what to look for when shopping around.
Size & Screen: Netbooks are, by definition, smaller than traditional laptops. That means you're looking at devices that weigh about 3 pounds and have displays that range from 10-12 inches. The resolutions are sharp and crisp, and as you got up in screen size you can even get HD-quality resolution, but for a Netbook HD isn't necessary, so don't let that make your decision.
Keyboard: If you plan on sending e-mails and doing a good amount of typing on your Netbook, try to get one with a full size (100%) keyboard. You'll notice smaller keyboards at about 90%. If you can test-drive the Netbook before you buy, so you know how comfortable the keyboard is.
Internal Parts: When it comes to processor, graphics, hard drive and memory all Netbooks are well-equipped for basic computing--Internet browsing, uploading photos, sending e-mails. Even the most basic Netbooks can surf the Internet no problem.
Battery: Don't settle for anything less than a 6-cell battery says the experts, otherwise your mobile device will be anything but mobile as its tethered to an outlet.
Prices range from about $300-$500, and in this case a higher price doesn't necessarily mean a better Netbook. Netbooks are perfect second computers, they're great for doing light computing, and for that you don't need a lot of power or add-on features, when it comes to Netbooks simpler is better--and costs less.
What do you think of Netbooks?