Agree that SSDs are not very good except from Intel and Indilinx. But Samsung SSD are still cheap and they are good enough to use as a main system drive for a netbook. They are not Jmicron bad.
Mike, I was expecting more of a SPCR take on the netbook review. For example, mentioning the Dell Mini 10 as an alternative which is a fanless model. Or maybe delving into the 1005HA a bit more for some sort of fan control or off switch under low loads. Maybe with software control.
I don't think the Sasmung SSDs that come in Lenovo are bad; in fact, it's quite decent. Not as good as the best retail SSDs but generally at least as good as HDDs -- and less fragile.
Having said that, don't think HDDs in netbooks are any worse than HDDs in other mobile devices, whether notebooks, cameras, MP3 players... I've been using laptops for years, never had a HDD failure in any of them. I don't abuse them but I don't think I baby them either.
Finally, w/ regard to your expectation on a "SPCR take" on this netbook, I did expand my comments a bit, but note my PoV regarding the required "quiet" level for a notebook, esp a netbook:
A small cooling fan ran almost continuously in the 1005HA. It's overall quality was smooth and benign, with very little in the way of annoying tonality. The overall level was also quite modest, about 24 dBA at the ISO 7779 standard seated user measurement distance (about 0.6 meters from the center of the keyboard). The idle noise of the hard drive was obscured by the fan noise except when it was seeking or writing intensely, when some drive chatter would become somewhat audible. Surprisingly, the fan rarely shut off. When it did (mostly just after turn on when ambient was cool), the noise level fell to ~18 dBA at 0.6m, quiet enough not to be noticed except in the dead of night in a quiet bedroom.
Noise was generally not perceived to be an issue. For a computing device whose foremost quality is mobility, the overall noise level does not have to be very low for it to be quiet enough. An ultra mobile notebook will be used in many places with acoustics that are noisy and well beyond the control of the user. The Seashell 1005HA could always be described as quiet, in any acoustic ambient.