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iPad puts a crimp in Asus netbook shipments
The iPad is blamed for much of the decrease

ASUS announced on an investors call that it was lowering its shipment estimates for its Eee netbooks for the quarter. ASUS now expects to ship 1.4 million netbooks during the summer quarter, traditionally a high spot for sales. The total shipment estimates for Eee PC for the year have been changed to somewhere in the area of seven to eight million units.

The reason for the change in estimates in shipments for Eee netbooks is the iPad which starts at $499. The iPad is selling just about as fast as Apple can make them and the company is still having a hard time sourcing enough components like screens to meet the high demand for the iPad.

ASUS CEO Jerry Shen reminded investors and analysts during the claim that ASUS would be competing with Apple soon with tablet offerings including one with Android as the OS selling for $399 and an Eee Pad selling for $1,000 running Windows 7.

Electronista reports that Apple has outsold the combined spring and summer sales of Eee netbooks with the iPad with 3.72 million iPads shipped. Apple is currently making over 2.3 million iPads each month and is still hard pressed to meet demand. The real sticking point for ASUS with its iPad competitors is that they won't hit the market until December at the earliest compounding the lead Apple is enjoying with the iPad.

The decline in shipments for Eee netbooks is also partly due to the overall decline in demand for netbooks across the market as the netbook segment matures. Tablets are the new big thing for many consumers and there are many people waiting for an Android tablet to land. 



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Tablet is the way to go
By DrApop on 8/17/2010 1:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
As an owner of a netbook, I sat back and thought about what I really do with my netbook. I surf the net, check and write emails, maybe check out a youtube video, and a few other minor things. I don't really use it as a productivity device. I would rather my larger work laptop or my desktop computer for that....I'm certainly not going to write long reports, spreadsheet, etc.

So the tablet certainly competes in the just having fun/keeping busy category. And it seems a slightly more portable.

What I hope is that they are not all tied to the cell phone companies like the Dell Streak. I already pay for a cellphone. I don't want to have to pay for another two year contract for a second device....especially if it comes from the same cellular company! Not to mention that the Dell Streak is way over priced and under sized at $599 without contract compared to the ipad.

Give me a nice 6-8 inch android tablet with wifi....or enable me to combine my 3G coverage with my current cellphone but don't rape me on the price.




RE: Tablet is the way to go
By afkrotch on 8/17/2010 9:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
The point of the Dell Streak is to be smaller, but not too small. I think at 5" it's the perfect size. Fits in my pockets and works as a cellphone to boot. Now if only it was running Windows.


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