Bright Side of News was at the Intel Technology Summit in San Francisco last week and heard the company's Mooly Eden talk about the future of mobility. You can read it over here.
Mooly sees the computer infiltrating homes like the telephone once did – starting with one phone per household, then one in every room, finally one phone per person. Same with computers – one per home, moving to one per room, and we'll soon see everyone having a notebook or netbook of their own. He sees netbooks following the same growth path that cell phones have. Netbook growth is faster than the Nintendo's Wii, which grew faster than the iPhone.
He says desirability, not affordability, drives sales. If you provide the device and content that people want, similar to building a baseball field, "they will come." PC, notebook, netbook, smartphone. The choice depends on how you want to use it. PC's remain a standard. The majority of netbook purchases are secondary, used mostly to surf the net. Mobile computing depends on whether you want to carry it with you, or on you, in your pocket.