@Clairvoyant, consumers are now the drivers of any technological innovations - let us get their own take with usability of these devices.
Already, in some developing nations smartphone is everything to the majority of consumers - be it mobile payment, social websites, musicals, sports and video streaming. This, a plus to the OEMs making good success in those places. What about Tablet there?
In the past period of time, netbook were very appealing to consumers due to the advantage of compact and lightweight. However, with the rapid popularity of media tablets and the encroachment of cheaper laptops with far better performance capabilities and lower price points, netbook fell on difficult development situation, even suffers the fate of extinction, because of the strong competition from mobile devices and laptops as well as its own disadvantage of bad processing capacity, low resolution.
But now, there appears a new hope for netbook industry – the demand from education market. It is projected that nearly fifteen million computing devices will be shipped into the global education market in 2013 where netbook accounts for the largest market shares with shipments of nearly six million, said market research firm ABI Research.
"Netbooks opened the door for education institutes and other organizations to purchase suitable computing hardware at a very reasonable price while also offering numerous advantages to young children. Firstly, developing the necessary skills to operate a computer which is literally imperative in today's world. Furthermore, subjects and modules can be tailored to the learner's knowledge, understanding, and instant feedback can be provided to the learner," says senior analyst Josh Flood. "
In fact, personally, despite the huge demand brought by education sector, newbook industry seems still can not avoid from being phased out. Based on the development prospect and shipments momentum, we can see media tablet/hybrid tablets beginning to emerge and surpass netbooks. Ultimately, the netbook's market share in education will diminish and media tablets will become the dominant computing device. Earlier this month, Acer and Asus have announced the production halt of netbooks in 2013, following a number of other hardware computing OEMs that include Dell, HP, and Samsung. As a result, global annual netbook shipments are predicted to decline by more than 50% in 2013 from last year.
In terms of modern consumer electronics market, consumers' higher and better user experience for equipment has become the main driving force for product development. Larger-size display, more intelligent functionality, the characteristic of thinner and lighter body is the development trend, and also the factor causing the first decline of PC industry in 2012. As such, netbook will gradually be eliminated and replaced by media tablet and laptop. And the robust demand from education market maybe the last dawn for the netbook industry.
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