[FoRK] Year-on-year netbook sales fall off a cliff

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun May 9 17:41:39 PDT 2010

On 5/7/10 7:57 PM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
> --- On Fri, 5/7/10, Jeremy Apthorp<nornagon at nornagon.net>  wrote:
>>> Less than a year ago, the netbook market was growing
>> at a whopping 641% percent year-over-year. But in April,
>> that growth slowed to just 5%, following month-over-month
>> growth rate declines dating back to November of last year.
>> Even as someone who embraces the iPad and all its quirks, these stats
>> floored me. I thought the iPad and the netbook filled different use
>> cases? Maybe there's some other reason for this dramatic drop in
>> netbook sales.
> Or maybe the netbook was a temporary substitute until what they really wanted/needed came along?
>   ...ken...

"A light-weight computer-like thing (browsing, some apps) that doesn't 
run Windows and costs less than $600 or so."  I agree, drawing a large 
distinction between devices is lost on many actual users: Some because 
they are not tech savvy, others because they are functionally motivated 
and tech-flexible.  For most people, we're pretty far along a 
convergence where all of the features of a "computer" amount to 
"full-featured fast web browser with portability, great interface, good 
battery life, and reasonable cost".  Make it waterproof and hard to 
break or cheap to fix, add some peripherals, plus a little better local 
processing, and they're done.


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