RE: Sanity check: Are Netbooks quietly driving us to thin clients and cloud computing?
You say that price is the primary factor driving netbook sales. Don't over-estimate that assumption. We recently ordered a netbook for personal use while traveling after a long debate over whether to go that route or an iPhone. We already own a desktop-replacement laptop, and we've found it to be too large and heavy to cart on trips for the purpose of keeping up with email and other light tasks, and it's too large to use on a plane. I think it is the size and weight of the netbooks that make them attractive as a #2 or #3 PC, and I suspect that they will find ready customers in the baby boomer set that plans to use them for post-retirement travel. We can wait to find hot-spots or hotel rooms to connect. The iPhone would have been great, but at $200 or $300 plus $30 per month for the service above and beyond the cell phone plan, it's more than we were willing to pay, and the connection service for one year was equal to the cost of the netbook itself.
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