Rebooting the netbook
Tablets and netbooks often find themselves competing for the same space. But the tablet has proven itself the more appealing machine in recent years, and as a result, waiting lines for the latest netbook are notably shorter.
Given this trend, it seems the netbook is in need of a reboot.
The most obvious advantage the netbook has over the tablet is the physical keyboard. This is perhaps the netbook's key to survival and the aspect on which manufacturers should focus. Highlighting functions that circle around the keyboard, such as taking notes and creating presentations, could respark interest in the netbook.
Additionally, manufacturers can take cues from what makes tablet computers so popular. Touchscreen capabilities, lower price tags and longer battery life could broaden the appeal of netbooks.
At this point, the future of netbooks is anything but certain. It is evident, however, that the technology needs to be refreshed if manufacturers plan to keep it around much longer.