Late?Netbooks sprang to popularity two years ago as outfits like Acer and Asus built stripped-down laptops with $300 price tags that fit tighter budgets. Nokia is plunging into a sea of netbooks. Today, eight of the top 10 best-selling computers on Amazon ( AMZN) are 10-inch netbooks, a list dominated by Asus and Acer.
Wrong?Computer makers like Apple ( AAPL) and Dell ( DELL) have gone the other direction, by seizing the smartphone opportunity. Meanwhile, Nokia has enlisted Intel ( INTC) to supply its Atom chip for the device, which will run on Microsoft's ( MSFT) Windows operating system. It certainly makes Nokia watchers wonder what happened to the pioneering mobile computing effort it had with its tablet, a touchscreen device that preceded the Apple iPod Touch by years.