The Olive Zipbook is India's first netbook to have a built-in high-speed internet modem. Its specifications are comparable to that of a two-generation-old netbook with an older Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM and 160GB hard drive. Not to say that the newer generation hardware makes a huge difference in performance, but at least it could have served up better battery life figures. Pre-loaded with Windows XP, the Zipbook is zippy enough to do basic tasks like surfing the net, work with office suites or watch movies in standard definition. HD (720p) movies on the other hand tend to choke, as expected.
The built-in Tata Indicom modem works well. But the two main gripes with this netbook are its somewhat flimsy build quality and more importantly, the disappointing battery life. What's worse is that they don't have an option to upgrade to a six-cell battery.
For a price of Rs. 18,000, the Olive Zipbook isn't too overpriced. But you could get a sturdier netbook (from Asus, Acer or Dell) with a 6-cell battery for around Rs. 16,500. Add about 2500 bucks more for the external USB modem, and you get pretty much the same functionality for the same price.
So, here's the bottom line; the Olive Zipbook's concept is pretty good but unfortunately, its implementation leaves us desiring for more. We'd rather recommend you to go for a regular netbook and buy an external USB modem.
A note to Olive - give us a sturdier netbook with a six-cell battery for the same price and then we'd say the Zipbook is worth going for.