Ultraportable vs netbook: The next computer battle is in the (messenger) bag

Traditionally, the big computer battles have revolved around platforms (Mac or PC) or manufacturers (Dude, it's a Dell!). However, in the latest development of the ongoing digital revolution, it appears that the real battle will be over a fundamental question of functionality and price.

As we reported, computer manufacturer Dell (DELL) recently released the Adamo laptop Tuesday. A super-thin, high-powered "luxury computer," the Adamo has a hefty price tag of $2,000, and is designed to propel Dell into the top tier of "ultraportable" computer makers.