Lately, it seems netbooks have become very popular, and for good reason. If you think about it, who does’t want something that is as small and compact as a netbook? They are way more portable than laptops and are great for someone who travels a lot on business trips. ABI research claims that the best netbook years have yet to come, and while they are pretty damn popular now, it is interesting how much more popular they think it will become.
ABI research predicts that 35 million netbooks will be purchased this year, and by 2013, nearly 139 million netbooks will be shipped out to consumers.
According to ABI, smartphones helped bridge the gap to netbooks, these advanced phones were our first taste in getting a lot of data on the go. Users of smartphones eagerly awaited the emergence of netbooks, and then jumped on it at the first chance with notable UMPCs such as the Asus Eee.
As netbooks become more and more advanced, while selling for cheaper prices, it will be interesting to see how popular they become and if, in fact, ABI Research is correct. For this year and possibly others, it will also be interesting to see whether the netbook can survive in poor economic conditions.