iPad eating away at netbook sales?

A new report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty is showing how Apple’s new iPad is progressively cannibalizing low-cost netbook sales

Sourcing information from both the NPD and Morgan Stanley Research, the report illustrates how Apple’s famed tablet device is effectively eating away at both netbook and iPod Touch markets as consumers continue to show strong demand for the iPad.

Just a year back in Fall 2009, netbooks were seeing around 500-600% year over year growth rates. That number has now dwindled to around 5% for April 2010, stemming from the original large drop at the beginning of this year.

“US consumer PC, and especially notebook, growth decelerated in January when Apple introduced the iPad and again in April when the iPad launched,” Huberty wrote in a note to clients this morning. “Given the corresponding increase in ASPs in the market, we believe much of the demand shortfall came from netbooks and low-cost notebooks. What’s more, US retail netbook unit growth decelerated to about 5 percent YoY in April from 25 percent in March and 53 percent in February, according to NPD.”

In addition to NPD data, Huberty cites information from a Morgan Stanley/Alphawise survey from March which found that 44% of iPad buyers in the US were purchasing it instead of a regular netbook or notebook computer.

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I live for threads like this, I really do. LiquidSolstice, your hired! First, the IPHONE is what killed the IPOD, second there will always be a market for something that has a hard keyboard. And sales figures and markets rise and fall. I know a LOT of people who wouldn't even CONSIDER using an IPHONE/Pad, or any touch screen, simply because they HAVE to have the hard keyboard. And after watching some folks on the subways of NY txt with the hard keyboard, and flip through there appts, and contacts, it is pretty impressive, the speed at which they operate. The one thing I really can't fault Apple about is ease of use of certain aspects of there devices, if mom can do it, then it's good for Apple. Ok I'll buy that but the sheer arrogance and ignorance of many (not all), in the MAC community is unsurpassed.

I am really amused reading all the comments, the Apple lovers/hater. This company generates a lot of passion, both positive and negative. I really don't understand the haters, trying to convince that Apple is bad and overpriced because they will never succeed. Same goes to the lovers, they will never convince the haters to buy Apple. THis is just a waste of time. Everyone has their opinions and they are all valid. Some people love horror movies and some comedies, and I think it's the same with electronics.

Odd, I read the article and then completely forgot what I had read thanks to the hilarious kiddy-fighting in the comments section. Thanks for the laughs, guys!

Having re-read the article, there could be many reasons for a decline in the growth of the netbook market. Yes, the iPad may have partially affected it, but to say that it was the biggest contributor to the reduction of netbook purchases seems a bit narrow minded on the Analyst's part.

Actually, I read Paul Thurrot's article on WinSuperSite and in reality, the iPad is not 'eating away' at Netbook sales. This article from Katy Huberty is complete gluposti.

Blankly BS because netbook decline with or without iPad because people are waiting for new design with Windows 7 installed. iPad was sold about 1 million units and Netbook was sold about 30 millions units. It is about 30x units sold. So comparing iPad to Netbook is like thowing an egg to the wall.

rfirth said,
Correlation does not imply causation.

That depends on how many other factors can be excluded.

I personally find it very very reasonable that this is true since they compete in the same market. Why do you not think there is a cause here?

LiquidSolstice said,

Quoting wikipedia doesn't imply you're smart.

Any psychology student knows that correlation does not imply causation. It's the most prolific error committed by people interpreting the results of figures such as the ones above.

If you're going to be all smart and clever, don't do it in front of a psychology major, thanks.


It's a common error yes, but a correlation is significant if numerous other reasons can be disregarded. *That* is where the error is typically made, not that people link correlation to causation. This epxression is too commonly thrown around on the web. I can even see it being posted following a science paper, where the researchers *had* tried to exclude other reasons.

Northgrove said,
I personally find it very very reasonable that this is true since they compete in the same market. Why do you not think there is a cause here?
Because the sales experienced the bulk of their drop in Oct - Dec of 2009, well before the iPad was announced. Even if the tech world was anticipating Apple releasing it it's unlikely that those rumors would have hurt netbook sales all that much alone as far back as October given the general consumer probably was oblivious to any possible news (and to be honest noone was really predicting a holiday release AND the iPad has been rumored for years).

I liked the Slashdot headline for the same article: "iPad is Destroying Netook Sales". Over here, it's merely "eating away"--with a question mark at the end.

Well I think there are a couple reasons for the decline. It's no longer the hot new thing. The netbooks haven't really changed. I think if someone needed a really small laptop they probably got it already.

All the iPad is is an oversized iPod with less features. My iPod Video (5th gen) has much more storage.

Foub said,
All the iPad is is an oversized iPod with less features.
Which may very well be just what the market wants. Hell I wouldn't mind one for this very reason. I love my iPhone so the idea of a similar device thats a bit easier on the eyes while I'm at home sounds appealing. I'd only want to watch videos, read books, do some browsing ect on it anyway, for real work I have a desktop so the iPad is fine for what I need.

Foub said,
All the iPad is is an oversized iPod with less features. My iPod Video (5th gen) has much more storage.


ok name a few things the iPad cant do that your older iPod can do besides being more portable that aside what is missing . the iPad has far more features then the iPod touch and or earlier ipods so please tell us what is missing

notuptome2004 said,


ok name a few things the iPad cant do that your older iPod can do besides being more portable that aside what is missing . the iPad has far more features then the iPod touch and or earlier ipods so please tell us what is missing

Whats missing? Uhhhh, webcam, usb, sd slot, real os, more apps....for starters. Where are those features? You really going to shell out an extra $500 or so for a "new" iPad with these features?

techbeck said,

Whats missing? Uhhhh, webcam, usb, sd slot, real os, more apps....for starters. Where are those features? You really going to shell out an extra $500 or so for a "new" iPad with these features?

Your Ipod has a webcam, usb, sd slot, a "real" os, and more apps? where did you buy your ipod?

techbeck said,

Whats missing? Uhhhh, webcam, usb, sd slot, real os, more apps....for starters. Where are those features? You really going to shell out an extra $500 or so for a "new" iPad with these features?

That is what it;s missing to you but not to others who find no value in those additional interfaces. In addition, a "real OS" on a tablet is not what consumers want because if that was the case tablets would have become mainstream much before Apple released the iPad.

How long do they think the netbook market could sustain 500-600% growth? It was growing that much because in 2008 the netbook market was almost nonexistent. Although I'm sure the iPad has made some impact, I think it has more to do with market saturation than anything.

Either way sales are still up YOY, so it's not like the netbook market is hurting...

I dont know about anyone else, but I enjoy my Netbook. Has a spot for SD cards, USB ports, physical network connection as well as wireless, built in webcam, a true OS, 8hr battery life...need I go on?

techbeck said,
I dont know about anyone else, but I enjoy my Netbook. Has a spot for SD cards, USB ports, physical network connection as well as wireless, built in webcam, a true OS, 8hr battery life...need I go on?

Read what i stated above to another netbook user

notuptome2004 said,

Read what i stated above to another netbook user


We get it. He likes netbooks, you like the iPad. Let's leave it at that.

LiquidSolstice said,

Read what *I* said about your reply.


He by pasted yours to get to this guy. He had no come back for you. Put simply, he can't find anything wrong with your statements.

notuptome2004 said,

Read what i stated above to another netbook user

I read it and my IQ dropped 50 points. Your arguments about netbooks are obviously uneducated as I get 8hrs of battery life with nothing disabled and that I can install a hell of alot more apps than an iPad can. Oh....not to mention all the features the iPad is missing.

Get a clue dude and stop bowing the Jobs. So caught up in the shinny aluminum objects that you are not getting what you paid for. I pay the same amount, or less, for the things I buy and can do much...much...more things.

techbeck said,

I read it and my IQ dropped 50 points. Your arguments about netbooks are obviously uneducated as I get 8hrs of battery life with nothing disabled and that I can install a hell of alot more apps than an iPad can. Oh....not to mention all the features the iPad is missing.

Get a clue dude and stop bowing the Jobs. So caught up in the shinny aluminum objects that you are not getting what you paid for. I pay the same amount, or less, for the things I buy and can do much...much...more things.

You would be so better received if you were able to respect others for their purchases just as you wish they would do to yours. You may not like the iPad but to say that people are not getting their money's worth is absurd. I own an iPad and I absolutely love it as it makes showing my work to my clients and prospective clients a breeze. In addition, the browsing, e-mail, gaming, and form factor is unrivaled in the marketplace which is why it stands apart. I have mine in a leather jacket and it is refreshing to have the power of a computer at my disposal the size of a portfolio. It makes organization a breeze and I wouldn't trade it for absolutely anything. Like I said, it may not be what you want or need in a computer and that's fine but just because it's not for you doesn't mean it is not for anyone.

techbeck said,

I read it and my IQ dropped 50 points. Your arguments about netbooks are obviously uneducated as I get 8hrs of battery life with nothing disabled...

up to 12 hours for the latest models.

And btw the growth deceleration of the Ipad (week by week) is negative, about -%20 for the last week.

Magallanes said,
And btw the growth deceleration of the Ipad (week by week) is negative, about -%20 for the last week.

I am not a genius at math or anything, but if the deceleration was negative, would that mean it is accelerating? I know if the acceleration is negative, it is slowing down. At least that is what I learned in Physics back in high school the few times I was awake.

SputnikGamer said,

I am not a genius at math or anything, but if the deceleration was negative, would that mean it is accelerating? I know if the acceleration is negative, it is slowing down. At least that is what I learned in Physics back in high school the few times I was awake.

i am using the same term used in the graphics, and yes, it is upside down.

Edited by Brony, May 7 2010, 3:31pm :

OMFG! Stop this nonsense.

I don't known if those "pseudo analyst" are joking or they don't have a clue how to read a graphics.

Fact (and you can see it in the graphics) :people are buying more netbook. is it a sign of weakness?, yes if you are marketing the competitor.


Meh this was inevitable. Netbooks haven't really changed much since they were first introduced. Sure the hardware has improved, but because of that the price of them have gotten closer and closer to notebooks. People then realized there was no point in getting a netbook when they can just spend like 100 dollars more and get a proper laptop that does everything a netbook does, and more.

Not to mention netbooks were always just a fad, the people who wanted them already got them.

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On a side note I'm suprised Huberty still considering she is probably the worst financial analyst on wall street. Go look up her past predictions on Apple's financial situation if you don't know what I'm talking about.

/- Razorfold said,
Meh this was inevitable. Netbooks haven't really changed much since they were first introduced. Sure the hardware has improved, but because of that the price of them have gotten closer and closer to notebooks. People then realized there was no point in getting a netbook when they can just spend like 100 dollars more and get a proper laptop that does everything a netbook does, and more.

Not to mention netbooks were always just a fad, the people who wanted them already got them.

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On a side note I'm suprised Huberty still considering she is probably the worst financial analyst on wall street. Go look up her past predictions on Apple's financial situation if you don't know what I'm talking about.

This is just one of those articles out to make those who bought a Ipad think they are still in the IN.... anyone with a brain can see why the market is behaving as it is.

People then realized there was no point in getting a netbook when they can just spend like 100 dollars more and get a proper laptop that does everything a netbook does, and more.

I have a netbook, a full sized 17" laptop, and a full sized 13" laptop. My netbook I use for traveling since it is small and easy to fit in my luggage. And it also has much more features that the iPad has fora cheaper price.

how are netbooks just a fad? they have everything a laptop has besides a optical drive. they are way lighter than a laptop, and you can feel confident carrying them with one hand. plus when you travel you don't have another bag to carry. and $100 more for a laptop? try $200...

techbeck said,

I have a netbook, a full sized 17" laptop, and a full sized 13" laptop. My netbook I use for traveling since it is small and easy to fit in my luggage. And it also has much more features that the iPad has fora cheaper price.


May have more features but suffers from all and everything that can happen to a desktop( viruses crashes software install that need Reboots the works oh and less battery life all running a full blown OS ). the iPad is close to a laptop but has none of a laptop/net book/desktop ill effects and can last more then 10hrs and have a 30day standby life, plus you got maby 4000+ and counting iPad made apps plus the 176,000+ iphone pod apps already at your disposable. and more features will be coming in September with iPhone OS 4.0, just remember that while the iPad only runs on a custom A4 1ghz chip everything in software is optimized for it everything has a seamless transitioning feel to it from doing 1 thing to another and it never feels out of place.

notuptome2004 said,


May have more features but suffers from all and everything that can happen to a desktop( viruses crashes software install that need Reboots the works oh and less battery life all running a full blown OS ). the iPad is close to a laptop but has none of a laptop/net book/desktop ill effects and can last more then 10hrs and have a 30day standby life, plus you got maby 4000+ and counting iPad made apps plus the 176,000+ iphone pod apps already at your disposable. and more features will be coming in September with iPhone OS 4.0, just remember that while the iPad only runs on a custom A4 1ghz chip everything in software is optimized for it everything has a seamless transitioning feel to it from doing 1 thing to another and it never feels out of place.


Maybe so, but that's only ideal if you don't mind living in the Apple ecosystem.

Personally, the first thing I do when I buy a new laptop is install another OS. The iPad just isn't for me. (Though I will admit it would make a nice web browsing pad... but for me, nothing more.)

notuptome2004 said,


May have more features but suffers from all and everything that can happen to a desktop( viruses crashes software install that need Reboots the works oh and less battery life all running a full blown OS ). the iPad is close to a laptop but has none of a laptop/net book/desktop ill effects and can last more then 10hrs and have a 30day standby life, plus you got maby 4000+ and counting iPad made apps plus the 176,000+ iphone pod apps already at your disposable. and more features will be coming in September with iPhone OS 4.0, just remember that while the iPad only runs on a custom A4 1ghz chip everything in software is optimized for it everything has a seamless transitioning feel to it from doing 1 thing to another and it never feels out of place.

You are quite possibly the most ignorant person I've ever met. Firstly, a netbook (most of them) run the exact same operating system as full size desktop. If you're smart enough to use a desktop, you'll be smart enough to use a netbook without getting "viruses". Stay away from pirated material and shady websites, and you don't get viruses. It's that simple. Software that needs reboots? Like what? What on a netbook will you install that requires a reboot? Do tell me. Fool.

As for battery life, have you even SEEN a netbook in action? My EeePC 1005HA-P gets close to eleven hours of battery life with wifi on. Why would I want a gimped piece of plastic with the iPhone OS when I can have all the major apps that I use on my desktop (such as Firefox, Trillian, Microsoft Office 2010, and the Zune media software) on a netbook that gets that kind of battery life and weighs very little?

Also, don't even try and give me that "app" crap. First of all, the majority of iPhone apps are complete and utter ****. If you do a search for "weird laws" on the App Store, you'll get no less than 100 results, all of them generic cookie-cutter "apps" that could easily just be offline web page cahces made into applications. The whole OMFG I HAVE A GAZILLION APPS YEAAAAAH is so goddamn overrated. Guess what? On my netbook, I don't have a dictator of an AppStore to tell me what I can and can't do with my software.

Have you see how much free software is available for Windows? And with desktop resolutions of netbooks hitting 1368 x 768, most people don't even notice a difference compared to real laptops. Guess what? I have a 1.6GHz Atom N450 processor in my netbook, I can playback 720p video, I have 2 GB of ram, and a 250 GB hard drive. Guess what operating system I run on it? Windows 7 Ultimate. With full Aero affects. And it runs perfectly smoothly.

Yeah, I certainly heard "revolutionary feature" were being added in 4.0. Like the ability to multitask (which mobile operating systems have been able to do since the days of Palm OS), being able to organize your apps in groups (rather than just have them spread out pell-mell over a million pages, which is apparently great organization for Apple fanboys), and the ability to lock your screen orientation. What fantastic and ahem, magical stuff.

You iDevice fanboys are all so thoroughly concerned with shiny effects and smooth transitions that you have no idea how much you're getting ripped off. Want to know how much I paid for my netbook? Which has wifi and WLAN (3G) built in to it? $420.
Shut your mouth if you don't know what you're talking about, thanks.

Edited by LiquidSolstice, May 7 2010, 1:41am :

notuptome2004 said,

... oh and less battery life all running a full blown OS ). the iPad is close to a laptop but has none of a laptop/net book/desktop ill effects and can last more then 10hrs and have a 30day standby life...

Actually, 10 hours isn't that great for a device that's only running a single tasking operating system. Check out the ASUS 1005PE netbook... runs Windows 7 and gets 14 hours of battery life. Includes 15 times more storage than an iPad, all for a much cheaper price.

rfirth said,

Actually, 10 hours isn't that great for a device that's only running a single tasking operating system. Check out the ASUS 1005PE netbook... runs Windows 7 and gets 14 hours of battery life. Includes 15 times more storage than an iPad, all for a much cheaper price.

Without any restrictions on apps either. **** Apple, if I want to use Firefox instead of IE, I will damn well do so.

LiquidSolstice said,

You are quite possibly the most ignorant person I've ever met. Firstly, a netbook (most of them) run the exact same operating system as full size desktop. If you're smart enough to use a desktop, you'll be smart enough to use a netbook without getting "viruses". Stay away from pirated material and shady websites, and you don't get viruses. It's that simple. Software that needs reboots? Like what? What on a netbook will you install that requires a reboot? Do tell me. Fool.

As for battery life, have you even SEEN a netbook in action? My EeePC 1005HA-P gets close to eleven hours of battery life with wifi on. Why would I want a gimped piece of plastic with the iPhone OS when I can have all the major apps that I use on my desktop (such as Firefox, Trillian, Microsoft Office 2010, and the Zune media software) on a netbook that gets that kind of battery life and weighs very little?

Also, don't even try and give me that "app" crap. First of all, the majority of iPhone apps are complete and utter ****. If you do a search for "weird laws" on the App Store, you'll get no less than 100 results, all of them generic cookie-cutter "apps" that could easily just be offline web page cahces made into applications. The whole OMFG I HAVE A GAZILLION APPS YEAAAAAH is so goddamn overrated. Guess what? On my netbook, I don't have a dictator of an AppStore to tell me what I can and can't do with my software.

Have you see how much free software is available for Windows? And with desktop resolutions of netbooks hitting 1368 x 768, most people don't even notice a difference compared to real laptops. Guess what? I have a 1.6GHz Atom N450 processor in my netbook, I can playback 720p video, I have 2 GB of ram, and a 250 GB hard drive. Guess what operating system I run on it? Windows 7 Ultimate. With full Aero affects. And it runs perfectly smoothly.

Yeah, I certainly heard "revolutionary feature" were being added in 4.0. Like the ability to multitask (which mobile operating systems have been able to do since the days of Palm OS), being able to organize your apps in groups (rather than just have them spread out pell-mell over a million pages, which is apparently great organization for Apple fanboys), and the ability to lock your screen orientation. What fantastic and ahem, magical stuff.

You iDevice fanboys are all so thoroughly concerned with shiny effects and smooth transitions that you have no idea how much you're getting ripped off. Want to know how much I paid for my netbook? Which has wifi and WLAN (3G) built in to it? $420.
Shut your mouth if you don't know what you're talking about, thanks.

Try Aluminum that is what the iPad is made of not plastic like your Netbook is prolly most likely made out of mostly . also i run windows but the fact you pay crap for a netbook a gimped laptop is funny . and who cares if your NB can get 11hrs of life in it course maby disabling tones of services just to do so. and for the one talking about the Asus NB and battery life well it gets around 8rs by Engadget review of it http://www.engadget.com/2009/1.../asus-eee-pc-1005pe-review/

Edited by notuptome2004, May 7 2010, 1:53am :

notuptome2004 said,

Try Aluminum that is what the iPad is made of not plastic like your Netbook is prolly most likely made out of mostly . also i run windows but the fact you pay crap for a netbook a gimped laptop is funny . and who cares if your NB can get 11hrs of life in it course maby disabling tones of services just to do so. and for the one talking about the Asus NB and battery life well it gets around 8rs by Engadget review of it http://www.engadget.com/2009/1.../asus-eee-pc-1005pe-review/

I find it funny that you called the netbook a gimped notebook. Very funny indeed.

notuptome2004 said,


May have more features but suffers from all and everything that can happen to a desktop( viruses crashes software install that need Reboots the works oh and less battery life all running a full blown OS ). the iPad is close to a laptop but has none of a laptop/net book/desktop ill effects and can last more then 10hrs and have a 30day standby life, plus you got maby 4000+ and counting iPad made apps plus the 176,000+ iphone pod apps already at your disposable. and more features will be coming in September with iPhone OS 4.0, just remember that while the iPad only runs on a custom A4 1ghz chip everything in software is optimized for it everything has a seamless transitioning feel to it from doing 1 thing to another and it never feels out of place.

Really? Thats your argument? Big deal the iPad has a 2hr longer battery life than my netbook. And dont get me started on apps...I have more I can install...I am not limited and am not told what I can and cannot use. I also have a choice of several different OS' to choose from. Not to mention all the features that it comes with that the iPad seems to have "forgotten" Have fun shelling out another $500 for v2.

notuptome2004 said,

Try Aluminum that is what the iPad is made of not plastic like your Netbook is prolly most likely made out of mostly . also i run windows but the fact you pay crap for a netbook a gimped laptop is funny . and who cares if your NB can get 11hrs of life in it course maby disabling tones of services just to do so. and for the one talking about the Asus NB and battery life well it gets around 8rs by Engadget review of it http://www.engadget.com/2009/1.../asus-eee-pc-1005pe-review/

Netbook gimped notebook? Thats like saying the iPad is a bigger version of the iPhone...oh, wait......

And BTW, I get hrs on my netbook with none of the services turned off or disabled.

techbeck said,

Really? Thats your argument? Big deal the iPad has a 2hr longer battery life than my netbook. And dont get me started on apps...I have more I can install...I am not limited and am not told what I can and cannot use. I also have a choice of several different OS' to choose from. Not to mention all the features that it comes with that the iPad seems to have "forgotten" Have fun shelling out another $500 for v2.

There are things that a netbook can do that the iPad can't but that doesn't change the fact that everything they do have in common the iPad is significantly better.

notuptome2004 said,

Try Aluminum that is what the iPad is made of not plastic like your Netbook is prolly most likely made out of mostly

Ah, that's why people complain about it being heavy. I mean, non-Apple companies couldn't POSSIBLY be using Plastic for any other reason other then the fact it's dirt cheap, right? It couldn't have ANYTHING to do with the fact plastic weighs far less than aluminum. Nah.

also i run windows but the fact you pay crap for a netbook a gimped laptop is funny .

Glad to hear you run Windows. Not sure what you running Windows has to do with anything you're trying to say. And I paid money for my netbook, not crap. As a matter of fact, I paid ~$200 less than you did for your iPad (if you even own one, which I doubt). Please do explain what you mean by "gimped laptop"? Are you implying that the iPad is just as full featured as a MacBook? Or perhaps you're implying that people buy netbooks as their primary computers? Nah, I'm pretty sure you buy a netbook to supplement your day-to-day machine. Oh, wait, isn't that what the iPad was supposed to do too?

and who cares if your NB can get 11hrs of life in it course maby disabling tones of services just to do so. and for the one talking about the Asus NB and battery life well it gets around 8rs by Engadget review of it http://www.engadget.com/2009/1.../asus-eee-pc-1005pe-review/


Firstly, that's not my model of netbook I said HA-P, not HE. HE is the older generation. Secondly, it's pretty pathetic and cowardly that you're trying to make Engadget do the arguing for you. Thirdly, those battery tests are done with stock installations of Windows 7, which are loaded with all sorts of OEMs to subsidize the cost of the operating system license. A clean install is very easy to do, and guess what, I still don't have to disable any services to achieve my battery life. And may ask you why it's not amazing that such a cheap device, even with STOCK Windows 7, with loads of OEMs and extra services, is running all the services that a desktop Windows 7 install can do, and still get 8 hours of battery life? You're just pathetic. Keep defending your little iCrap. Meanwhile, I'll get a longer product life out of my netbook (isn't the 3G version coming soon, so you have to buy a new one just to get one feature? Oh wait, it's an Apple product. They don't know what updating hardware means), and you can keep shelling out more money for your shiny little piece of *aluminum*.

Edited by LiquidSolstice, May 7 2010, 4:53am :

Amazing how my post (even though I think the iPad is stupid, have never owned an Apple desktop/laptop, prefer other phones over the iPhone) got turned into an Anti-Apple rant eh?

Ridiculous.

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Anyways, yes netbooks are good but at the current speeds / specs they aren't worth much. Which is why I said its a fad; Most people would gladly pay the 100-200 extra to get a full notebook with a better processor. I can get a dell 15in for like 600, and 13in laptops are like 400-600 so sure your 10in netbook may be 200 but for price to performance the 13in laptop beats it anyday. And yes a netbook beats the iPad anyday too, but you still have to remember they have different uses.

Edited by -Razorfold, May 7 2010, 7:21am :

**** neowin's comment system. To continue my post:

I do understand that performance is not something people look for in a netbook, but the actual number of people who would rather buy a netbook over a small laptop is quite small. Both the netbook and the iPad are aimed at specialized markets, not the general markets. So sure people can find their use for them, but to the average consumer a 13in laptop may probably be a better value.

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Cheapest dell netbook: 279
Cheapest dell laptop: 379-439

And the laptop has a better processor, a slightly bigger screen (11-14in), more hd space, better gpu.
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Sorry if my post logic is all jumbled up, its late and im quite tired.

Edited by -Razorfold, May 7 2010, 8:20am :

MarenLBC said,

There are things that a netbook can do that the iPad can't but that doesn't change the fact that everything they do have in common the iPad is significantly better.

So typing on that thing feels better than a chiclet keyboard that is 93% the size of a full keyboard?

A good friend of mine in Sociology picked one up this Monday.

I got to try it out and I was fairly impressed, it's surely a desireable product.

Or that those who wanted netbooks already got them, and now its just a novelty item, just like the Ipad/Ipod. Are sales supposed to just always keep rising and rising when nothing new is introduced into the market?

shakey said,
Or that those who wanted netbooks already got them, and now its just a novelty item, just like the Ipad/Ipod. Are sales supposed to just always keep rising and rising when nothing new is introduced into the market?

Exactly.