Remember netbooks? No? Come on, think harder. Okay, I’ll refresh your memory. Netbooks were those once-popular miniature laptops that came with small screens, cramped keyboards, and horribly designed hardware. Not too long ago, analysts wondered why Apple wasn’t entering the increasingly popular netbook market only to have their questions answered emphatically with the iPad, which has since left the netbook crippled in its wake.
In a recent ChangeWave survey, 3,108 consumers were polled about future electronics purchases. While the percentage of people looking to purchase either a laptop or desktop in the next 90 days is essentially the same as it was this past August, the percentage of folks intent on buying a netbook has fallen off dramatically. 14% of people who indicated their next purchase would be a laptop expressed interest in purchasing a netbook. This marks a significant decline from the 24% figure seen in June 2009 and more than a 25% decline from this past January when Apple first announced the iPad.
Interestingly, approximately 1 in 4 respondents indicated plans to purchase a tablet in the future, a fact which bodes well for Apple given their overwhelming dominance in the tablet space.