Netbooks, those tiny little laptops, were all the rage this Xmas. Everyone is writing how they were successful because these devices cost less and people aren't willing to spend as much money anymore. I agree people aren't willing to spend as much anymore but this is not the reason for the success of netbooks. In my opinion, their success is based on one factor: lack of features. The majority of laptops nowadays can basically do everything. Reality though is quite different. I want a screen, internet access, a keyboard I can type on and decent battery life. I usually don't care much for all the other wizz-bang features used to constantly keep people buying new devices. I wish I could go to Dell or another manufacturer and get exactly what I want when purchasing a laptop without paying for all the features I never need. The Mac Air tries to do this to some extent but in my opinion is much too expensive. On the other hand, netbooks offer the basics and give you what you need and nothing more. Right now, they are the best option when you want basic features in a convenient package. I am sure netbooks will further evolve to have a decent keyboard, usable screen, extensive battery power, as well as UMTS and wLAN to allow for always on connectivity. This is what the consumer wants and manufacturers such as Asus are simply giving it to them.