Michael Dell, founder of Dell,told an audience at Churchill Club that the infatuation with Netbooks only lasts for 36 hours
“If you take a user who’s used to a 14- or 15-inch notebook and you say ‘Here’s a 10-inch netbook,’ they’re gonna say ‘Hey, this is so fantastic. It’s so cute. It’s so light. I love it,'” Dell told Silicon Valley’s tech-obsessed Churchill Club during an appearance Tuesday night. “But about 36 hours later, they’re saying ‘The screen’s gonna have to go. Give me my 15-inch screen back.'”
Well, I both agree and disagree with his comment. I do agree that people lose interest in netbooks very soon. I, myself, was guilty of such a thing when I bought a 8.9 inch one. I just didn’t like the keyboard and gave up fast. However, I had a different experience when I checked out the 12 inch netbook Zoli had sometime back. I found it very comfortable and liked it very much (didn’t buy it because its hard disk speed was slow then).
I think the so called disillusionment with netbooks happens due to many different reasons. Some of them are
- SaaS is yet to evolve into the natural app choice. People still cling on to bulky resource hungry desktop apps.
- The very design of netbooks is terrible. They have just taken a laptop and miniaturized it without even realizing that the user experience of a miniaturized laptop will be terrible over a long term usage. That is why the rumored Apple tablet is exciting. A netbook should offer an altogether different user experience not a restricted version of Laptop experience. A clunky keyboard and, usually, a terrible OS from the desktop era are not the right choices in my opinion.
- Many consumers consider netbook to be their laptop or desktop replacement. It is not. It is a replacement of laptop during travel.
- A good netbook is still expensive to be considered as an additional gadget.
- With the proliferation of smartphones and iphones, a light weight device for travel becomes redundant.
Well, what do you think? Do you think netbooks have a future or it is just a fad going away fast?