According to IDC, the netbook market has slowed its growth pace in the first quarter of this year but it still managed to top 4.8 million shipped units. This result is 33.6% higher than the 3.6 million recorded in Q1 2009 but back then the on-year increase was a massive 872%.
The data provided by IDC may seem like material for a 'glass half full/empty' debate (at first) but what we really have here are two facts that don't contradict each other. True enough, netbook growth is not what it was in Q1 2009 but we're dealing with a more mature and slightly saturated market. Also true is that netbooks are still selling very well and are the highest-growing category in the portable PC zone, not to mention the PC market in general.
Netbook sales in 2009 were of around 33.3 million units and in 2010 estimates put the market at 50 million.