Unlike some popular belief, Netbooks are here to stay.
I can’t tell you how many people have been telling me that Netbooks are not going to last. They explain that they are only a fad and that “real” people won’t tolerate the slow performance, lack of memory, physical storage and small keyboards. They continue by saying that the only reason their popular in the first place, is because their cheap, and in this economy that is the only thing that really matters.
Well then, don’t tell this to all the people that I’ve been seeing lately with their Netbooks in hand. In fact, I’ve been surprised at the numbers of NetBooks that have been coming out at recent seminars, conferences and events. Not to mention, all those Netbooks people are working on in the various coffee houses and cafe’s I visit here in New England. These people, are those “real” people mentioned earlier. I’m talking about business professionals, entrepreneurs, marketing people, event planners, designers and your everyday emailing / die-hard Twitter users.
When I observe these folks, I notice that they really appreciate their Netbooks small size, weight and convenience. As I work away on my Lenovo laptop, I can’t help glancing over and feeling just a bit jealous that I don’t have my own Netbook. To the contrary of what I had been told, these people all seem quite happy with their Netbook, they are being productive, and are not missing a beat.
In a lot of ways, it reminds me about the introduction of the iPhone, which I am the proud user of. My business colleagues told me that “real” people would only use a Blackberry, never these niche toys called iPhones. Well, we all know where that went now don’t we? I love my iPhone, it has changed my life. I use it constantly and it has made me much more productive. However, it’s really not suited to type in a lot of notes and documents. This is when I need to pull out my bulky laptop to do the job. I’ve often thought of how great it would be if I could just expand my iPhone, just for a little while, so I could jot down some thoughts and information. But maybe, just maybe, a Netbook might be the perfect solution for this.
The newer Netbooks are coming with more options, memory, storage and speed. They are managing to do this while keeping the costs down. This is only going to help fuel their further adoption by both consumers and businesses. Microsoft is even concerned about the growing competition from Linux as an alternative OS of choice on Netbooks – http://3.ly/JVI. We also have to remember that Netbooks are really geared towards Cloud Computing, which is becoming increasingly more popular by the month. This all adds up to staying power.
I am quite confident that Netbooks are here to stay. I know that it’s just a matter of time when I, and maybe even yourself, have one of these fine units in hand.