Heat is on the Netbook more and more

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?

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

6 Responses to Heat is on the Netbook more and more

  1. I just got a Mac Book Pro but I would also like an iPad!

  2. I need to save some money for it first. The Mac Book Pro ate a hole in my wallet!

  3. I’m a City Dweller and get around mostly on foot, public transit or bike. So I’m usually looking for optimized, compact and lightweight computing devices. I will certainly ditch my netbook in favor of a tablet as soon as there is a really good 7″ to 9″ Android tablet available. I tried for several months to use my netbook as my primary device, but I now only use my netbook for personal travel or a surfing session at the corner coffee shop…And that’s about the extent of it’s usefulness. My Mini 9-2Gb netbook is just too small and underpowered to get any substantial work done. I tote my 13″ XPS notebook along with me most of the time. Right now, I’m trying to decide if ditching my Hero phone for an EVO might forgo the need for a tablet.

    • Elias Shams says:

      So, you are waiting for Google Tablet to come out? why not iPad?

      • Well… Don’t get me started on Apple! 😉 My preference is not to pay premium prices for dumbed down tech… plus the iPad is too big. As a public transit commuter I want a ‘paperback’ sized tablet device that I can slip into my jacket pocket as I change trains or buses so I won’t have to open my messenger bag in the crowded push to board or off-board. Android tablets will come in a variety of sizes so I can choose what works for best me, not what Mr. Jobs tells me is best for me.

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