Despite any talk of netbook sales starting to die down, these portable PCs continue to play a huge role in growing the mobile market. According to market research firm Gartner, notebook shipments rose by 43.4 percent in the first quarter of 2010, much of which can be attributed to a 71 percent jump in netbook sales. In addition, year-over-year growth in the laptop market was the highest it's been in the past eight years.
Over 49 million PCs were shipped around the world in the first quarter of 2010, and some 20 percent of those were netbooks. By comparison, netbooks accounted for roughly 13 percent of PC sales in the first quarter of 2009, Gartner said.
Not included in these sales figures are tablet devices, such as Apple's iPad. The reason? Gartner doesn't consider tablets as replacements for laptops and netbooks, even if Y ankee Stadium might disagree .