Tablet Sales Overtook Netbook Sales In Q2 2011
Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:17 PM
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:20 PM
Way too much money for such a basic system. Why?????They doomed themselves... Idiots
I disagree (partially, at least).
Most people who buy netbooks purchase them primarily as ultra-portable consumption tools.
Tablets, being smaller and lighter, serve that purpose far better.
Netbooks are better at productivity, but I think tablets will at least partially get there as well. Eventually MS Office, LibreOffice or or someone else will create a productivity suite that allows them to do most of the necessary work on their tablet with little or no difficulty. When that happens, ultra-portable laptops will become a rarity, especially as larger (14"+) notebooks become thinner and lighter.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:23 PM
Netbooks, on the other hand, have seen little if any improvement (other than minor battery life) since their beginning. Processor speeds seem to have peaked at 1.6 GHz, though dual cores have begun to become more prevalent. But graphic performance, memory capacity, feature-set improvements are few and far between. As such, netbooks are reaching a plateau where once they hit a certain saturation point, there's little reason for current netbook owners to seek new netbooks.
While similar, netbooks and tablets meet the needs of different market segments. The netbook's real advantage remains its beginning price point. Entry level netbooks can still be had for under $300. While low-end tablets (many, identifying themselves as "readers") start at just under $100, those usually have resistive touchscreens and limited feature sets. Mainstream tablets remain in the $350 to $400 range... and cost is always a factor.
As for using office-type suites on a tablet; while it may be practical for short documents like simple letters and/or email, creating long-form documents (hours of typing) remains something better done on a "real" computer and netbooks continue to offer a better platform.
I continue to believe netbooks (or some similar, replacement computer) will remain and coexist with tablets. Just as laptops did not mean the death of desktop computers, I believe there is more than enough room in the marketplace for multiple form factors of portable computing devices.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 10:29 AM