A netbook is a generic name that refers to an inexpensive, small computer that was developed in 2007. Nebooks were in the same family as chromebooks and mobile devices. They were advertised for being low weight and inexspensive. The price was kept low by lowering the specifications of the computing abilities. Netbooks did not have an optical drive and had small screens and keyboards. This product was popularly distributed by wireless data carriers to customers in order to try and get them to extend their contract with the carrier. By 2011, tablet computers and iPads started to gain popularity and the demand for netbooks decreased dramatically. Other companies were able to develop a small, compact computer that weighed as much as a netbook but had similar computing power to that of a desktop PC. Netbooks hardware was generally much less powerful than the standard laptop or desktop PC. Some of them were being sold without a hard drive and were using solid-state storage instead. Their storage capacity was being capped at 128 GB which in today's market, is usually what a typical mobile phone caps off at. Netbooks also lacked a lot of processing power. They were designed for power efficiency instead of speed. they were not designed for gaming, streaming, nor intense graphics, but rather more generic applicable uses like word processing, spreadsheets, and other basic day to day functions. However, this made them more popular and useful for business applications. The affordable prices along with the ability to do what most business professionals need to do on their devices made them a good option for businesses.
Netbooks were at their highest market share (around 20%) in 2010 but then began to decline with the introduction of Apple's iPad. Apple then later introduced the MacBook air which was far superior to any netbook that was on the shelf. The first MacBook was three to four times more expensive with an MSRP of $999. Netbooks market share continuously fell as technology became more advance and netbooks did not keep up with the growth. Tablets, MacBooks and Chromebooks continued to dominate the market as netbook sales fell 25% in 2012. Netbooks made a small comeback in November of 2012 when HP made a case for them. They developed a small netbook (2.8lbs). It was designed for consumers who still wanted a tablet-like device but would prefer to have a physical keyboard. It contained a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel atom N2600 processor and had much more storage capabilities than earlier models of netbooks (capping off at around 320GB).
At the bottom line, the general public opinion reflects the fact that Apple killed the netbook. Althought Apple's devices were much more expensive, it seemed to be worth it to the consumers to get a much more usable device that would likely last longer and be much more efficient. apple made claims that "Nobody really wanted a netbook perse," but was rather using it as a budget friendly way to get around the block with a cheap form of technology. iPads became much more affordable with every new model release and proved to be a much better alternative to the netbook. Apple focused on the "computing experience". This meant that yes, the netbooks did work and were relatively functional. But at the end of the day, the small screens and keyboards created a terrible user experience and had no one excited to get on their computer and do whatever they needed to do. Netbooks were a market-share play. The profit margins on these devices were so small that the only way these companies could increase their profies were to try and grab up as much of the market as possible. All of these factors contributed to the downfall and ultimately, the death of the netbook.
No lines are longer than 80 characters, TYVM. Other specified properties aren't being scored automatically at this time so this is not necessarily good news...