I thought it would be a good idea to use the touch/netbooks I bought the other day to do development on the go. Running Eclipse is certainly not a problem, but the emulator becomes a nightmare to use.
- On the Asus EEE T101MT (Atom N450, 2GB) it takes 3 minutes to start the emulator, it will continuously response with some core android processes not responding. Any click or drag takes a few seconds before something happens.
Verdict: Not usable.
- The Acer Aspire 1825 PTZ (Intel SU4100, 2GB) is a bit faster with 2 minutes to start. Using the emulator is possible, but not very fluent though.
- Compare with my regular notebook (Dell Vostro Core 2 Duo T8300, 4GB). A minute to start and smooth to navigate. Not quite fair to compare with an Atom CPU.
The minimum hardware requirements to run decent speed emulation and debugging becomes quite clear.