Originally Posted by kyismaster
well if they get the atom upto par with the i3
then i'd definitely buy one.
Not a chance. The new Atoms (N2600, N2800) are finally on 32nm, but the CPU performance is only negligibly faster than the "2nd-gen" Atom dual-cores (N5x0 line). The graphics performance is a decent amount faster, and if you only need the graphics for video playback it'll be fine (up to 1080p - but double check it can handle all sorts of 1080p files).
Anyways, I'd say it's roughly a tie between the AMD C-60 and the Atom N2600; the Atom CPU might be a little faster, it really depends on the benchmark I believe. Both have graphics that are mostly good for just video playback, and decent CPU performance. If you want to do "light gaming", I'd definitely choose the C-50 or C-60 over the new Atoms, no way I trust PowerVR graphics for gaming. But if you're comparing the new Atoms to an E-350, the E-350 wins hands down, mainly for graphics; CPU performance difference isn't huge between the 2 (but I believe the E-350 has an edge). For battery life though, C-60 is probably a little worse than the Atom. But, a lot of C-60 netbooks have 48Whr 6-cells, while a lot of Atom netbooks have 3-4 cell batteries.. so definitely check the battery capacity (and rated battery life) before deciding.