Heat is on the Netbook more and more
June 18, 2010 6 Comments
Looks like Tablet will outsell Netbooks in a few years which confirms our previous coverage on their heating battle.
According to a new report from the market research firm Forrester Research, sales of tablet computers are expected to see a 42% compound annual growth rate through 2015, and are predicted to begin outselling netbooks in 2012.
Tablet sales are expected to hit 3.5 million units this year, and grow to 20.4 million units in 2015, when they will constitute 23% of PC unit sales.
Over the next five years, Forrester projects PC units sales — including desktops, notebooks and laptops, tablets, and netbooks — will increase by 52%.
In 2015, notebooks are expected to lead U.S. sales (42%), followed by tablets (23%), desktops (18%) and netbooks (17%).
This chart illustrates how Forrester sees the market shifting through 2015:
Having monitored the inception of both devices, I would say Tablet growth will come at the expense of netbooks, which have a similar grab-and-go media consumption and Web browsing use case as tablets but don’t synchronize data across services like the iPad does.
Although, we didn’t ask for tablets, Forrester’s data shows that the top features consumers say they want in a PC are a complete mismatch with the features of the iPad. But Apple is successfully teaching consumers to want this new device.
Now, here is the question: Would you really ditch your netbook for tablet?