How to Find the Perfect Netbook

0_Why?
I searched the forums, but have not found a netbook which optimizes my three priorities.

Durability
Long Real Battery Life
Smallness
I want a small, durable gadget with long battery life, that I may type as often as possible if I wish. I consider buying a Pre and a folding keyboard, as well. The following article, however, piqued my interest in EEE pcs:

Upcoming Asus Eee PC's Have 14-Hour Battery
I posted here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/54987-35-searching-perfect-netbook

I want this laptop to have long battery life, durability, and small size, in respective order of importance. I will search for several months, and make my purchase after I careful thought.

Give me advice about how to go about my search.
Also, what brands and models must I avoid, and, more importantly, why?


1_What is your budget?
$500
I am a skinflint, however, and welcome any ideas you might have for saving money.
I will not pay unreasonable shipping fees.


2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
10" to 11"

3_What screen resolution do you want?
No Object

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Portable

5_How much battery life do you need?
As much as possible under budget
I will purchase 2 batteries of the highest ampere*hour rating available for it.


6_Do you want to play games with your laptop?
No.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Taking notes in class, using in car

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
No object

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
The usual sites.
http://www.newegg.com/
http://www.amazon.com/
http://www.buy.com/
http://www.tigerdirect.com/
http://www.google.com/products
http://www.ebay.com/


10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
8 years

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
None

12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I prefer ASUS because of their reputation for reliability on this forum, and the few problems reported with their products on this forum.
I dislike HP based on the quality of all of the products of theirs that I have purchased, especially the poor hardware compatibility of their computer products.


13_What country do you live in?
The United States of America

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
It will run Arch linux.
I prefer a metal frame, for durability.
I weakly prefer that this laptop will fit in my overcoat or cargo pants pocket.
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  1. Update: Purchased a 1005HA for $187, then a large spare battery.
    No metal, but better budget.
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