File1, 2, & 3 for smccoig:


INFO300

File1:

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.

File2:

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).

File3:

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.

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