2009 in Netbooks: A Year in Review

by Jay Bika on December 31, 2009 · 2 comments

in Opinion

2009 was the year netbooks became so mainstream worldwide that they almost became dull to talk about.

In the space of two years, they went from total oblivion to portable computer choices of a great majority of people worldwide. If anyone has to be thankful for the global recession, it’s the netbook industry (although in all seriousness while netbooks took off, the rest like desktop and laptop sales sank meaning that these companies lost some and won some too).

While the official 2009 figures are not out yet, the Acer Aspire One netbook was king of the hill for the most part of the year

Some computer companies such as Acer and Asus managed to become serious players in the computer industry thanks to netbooks. Heck even Apple is getting into the game in early January 2010 but it true form will disrupt the industry. While I am a 100% sure that the Apple netbook will be different than the average Acer or Dell netbook for instance, it will still sell like gangbusters because of the Apple hype. After all, the iPhone was a mobile device that was more expensive than the average phone and yet it cleaned up. Same thing with the iPod. Expect the Apple netbook to become a winner as long as it’s in the $600-800 price range.

Netbook accessories have been popping up left, right and center. They validate the fact that netbooks are no fads (yes, some people are still arguing that!) but that they are becoming as common as Facebook and Twitter. Netbook users are either basic computer users or desktop or laptop owners who need a secondary computer for portability.

By the way, if you have send me emails touting your latest products and offerings, I apologize profusely for not getting back to you. I have been so swamped with all the emails that I did not know where to begin in reviewing your goodies especially the cool netbook bags and sleeves!

What’s does 2010 look like for netbooks?

I am sorry to talk about the imminent Apple laptop again but the netbook industry will be greatly shaken by its arrival. Just look at history. But if anything, it will be yet another validation of the netbook concept.

And what if the economy recovers? Won’t people revert to buying expensive laptops?

I would say that price is only a factor in the considerations of netbooks by shoppers. I would say that portability is the key issue. You may have noticed that the best selling netbook is not necessarily the least expensive but the one that has a good combo between portability and practicality.

When the economy recovers, more flavors of netbooks will appear which will be more expensive and people will still bite as long as it’s within reasonable price ranges.

Will the Amazon Kindle kill the netbook?

LOL is my answer to that question and I will counter with this question: will Twitter kill Facebook? (No because while those two companies are fighting it out, they have to realize that they are two tools that serve different purposes and that eventually most people will use both services just as most people use a folk and a knife to eat and still live happily ever after).

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you dear reader for your support in 2009. You are the one that made Netbook Era, the leading netbook blog on the whole wide web! I send you many warm hugs!

Your turn… what do you think 2010 in netbooks will be like?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bertie's cute netbook sleeves January 3, 2010 at 12:17 am

Will the Amazon Kindle kill the netbook?

I hope not. I sell cute and affordable netbook sleeves and kindle pouches, so I’m dizzy with anticipation by this year’s CES. Especially looking forward to the competition between the readers, tablets, slates.

2 Jay Bika January 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm

With everyone going gaga over the Apple Tablet, I think that it’s safe to say that the Kindle won’t be taking over anything. Of course, no one can know until things happen so we all sit and wait patiently :)

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