May 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm
There’s talk on the internet that netbooks are dead and that the Apple iPad has landed the killer blow. They cite a chart from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty that shows netbook growth rate slowing.
Whilst once could point the finger at the Apple iPad, I would say it is simply a function of tough comparatives from the year before and that we are starting to see a saturated market (especially considering the data only relates to the US).
My personal opinion is that the netbook market will still exist going forward, but the number of cookie clutter netbooks and Intel/Microsoft’s decree to limit innovation in this space hasn’t helped the netbook cause. The rise of tablets means that it is another option for consumers in this segment, but I can’t see them replacing netbooks altogether. What’s your opinion, is the netbook dead?