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Netbooks outsell iPhones in summer

updated 02:05 pm EST, Tue December 9, 2008

Netbooks Outsell iPhones

In spite of their higher prices, netbooks are currently outselling Apple's iPhone lineup by a significant margin, according to a comparison from jkOnTheRun. The report expands on both new DisplaySearch netbook figures and elaborates on recent Gartner smartphone figures to reveal that the combined netbook market shipped about 5.7 million computers versus an estimate 4.7 million iPhones that ultimately reached users' hands in the same period. Apple is believed to have kept just over 2 million iPhones for inventory.

The performance is considered all the more significant given the lead time the iPhone has had to establish its figures. The iPhone launched in June of 2007 and thus preceded the first ASUS Eee PC, considered the pioneer of netbooks, by four months. Such statistics point to the netbook market as a whole growing at a significantly faster rate. Individually, the companies that produce netbooks are more split and are led by Acer with 38.3 percent followed by ASUS at 30.3 percent.

The news hurts claims by Apple chief Steve Jobs that netbooks are an untested category that doesn't necessarily merit involvement. At present, he has so far mainly suggested the iPhone as a rough parallel to netbooks as it fills many of the same e-mail and web roles as the larger devices.

Sales figures in recent months have reflected the trend, with netbooks overtaking Apple and maintaining a general lead in Amazon's top ten notebook sales.



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  1. Eldernorm

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    +6

    What a bunch of...

    ... really poor reporting. :-(

    Net books are small computers for people that need a second cheap computer for on the road. They do not make cell calls.

    Nokia sold more cell phones during the same time, so I guess computers are going the way of the dino cause, well stupid logic,..... like above.

    While the iPhone is a mobile platform that can do many of the things that a computer can do, it is not a computer.... yet. Add a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and a plugin 9 in screen and just maybe there you go.

    Just a thought.
    en

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    what???

    Next thing you know, they'll be telling us that Honda sold more cars than Apple sold phones...

    And while the price might be 'more', there isn't a $70 mandatory monthly fee to use a netbook.

  1. MacMan2000

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    +7

    Huh?

    ok, you suk @life here. what does a netbook have to do with an iPhone? Kinda like saying that helecopters out sold Ford, GM, and Chrystler Put together. While it is amusing to hear, it really means nothing. Shoddy reporting

  1. MacMan2000

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    +4

    Also......

    Didnt Daddy Steve Say years ago when asked about the possibility of a phone and he denied it right up to almost the day it was released?? Hmm.... kinda remember him saying the same kinda stuff back then as well.

  1. beb

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    Joined: Jan 2002

    +4

    Netbook = iPhone?

    What the h*** does a netbook have to do with an iPhone?

  1. danangdoc

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    Joined: Jan 2007

    +4

    Agreed

    I also fail to see any connection. These are two distinct product categories. Whether Apple comes out with a netbook in 2009 ( I believe they in fact, are going to) has nothing to do with phones. You can't even compare the iPhone with the iPod Touch, because again, two different products. Another pseudo-reporter on a slow day taking a swipe at Apple. Come on, man, there's a lot of REAL news to report on out there. Rather have nothing than 'filler'. Or are your ratings based upon these replies? Must make you feel kind of empty, no?

  1. simdude

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    +3

    agreed, but....

    I agree with the comments these are not competing devices. I think the intention is to show adoption rates for a new (or slightly new) category of device. We've had cell phones and computers for a while. But the iPhone created a new category (well, sort of. We've had smartphones, they just did it better). ditto for a netbook. We've had laptops and even small ones, but it creates a new segment of that category.When the iPhone first came out, its numbers were not only compared to other cell phones, but also other electronic devices such as when the first iPod came out. iPod Touches are being compared to Nintendo DS's and PSP's not just because there is some overlap in functionality, but to show how big a market there is for this stuff.Apple dropped the "Computer" part of its name because it wants to be a consumer electronic company. That being said, this article would be more newsworthy if some more substantial research was done. For example, if we're comparing adoption rates, how about some graphs that also include Sony Walkmans, CD Players, HD TV's etc. to see how it fits in (normalized for population count over the decades).

  1. MhzDoesMatter

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    Pretty Stupid Article.

    no really. It is a pretty stupid article? The fact that iphone came out before works against the idiotic point of comparison because its on a different part of its product lifecycle. Not to mention the fact that it's a PHONE! Everyone already has a phone. NO had a netbook. And NO ONE had or still has a netbook.

    The fact that and entire product category is outselling a single product in a sub-category of an entirely different market "hurts" Job's assertion how?

    The Trolls are running the entire bridge here at MacNN

  1. cyn1c

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    I agree.

    On the most basic level, the current comparison is silly since the iPhone is tied to AT&T and requires a monthly contract. That alone prevents a lot of people from purchasing it.

    Not to mention that netbooks are bigger, have a keyboard, can have unlocked OS and Applications, can run flash/javawhatever, can run background applications and can copy and paste.

    Whoever wrote that article needs to take a class in logic.

  1. cyn1c

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    I agree.

    On the most basic level, the current comparison is silly since the iPhone is tied to AT&T and requires a monthly contract. That alone prevents a lot of people from purchasing it.

    Not to mention that netbooks are bigger, have a keyboard, can have unlocked OS and Applications, can run flash/javawhatever, can run background applications and can copy and paste.

    Whoever wrote that article needs to take a class in logic.

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