Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st May 2013 09:29 UTC, submitted by matthew-sheffield
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless CEO of Blackberry Thorsten Heins said yesterday that he doesn't believe the tablet computer market is long for this world. "In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," he tells Bloomberg News, "Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model." If the dream of one device wirelessly interacting with all sorts of displays and peripherals comes to fruition, he may actually have a point.
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RE: Interesting...
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 1st May 2013 12:30 UTC in reply to "Interesting..."
BlueofRainbow
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It is difficult not to be sceptical of any futuristic vision coming from a CEO.

Nevertheless, he may be approximately right in this case.

As a consumer, why would I want to purchase a smartphone with Android or iOS on a 3", 4", or 5" display at $400-$550 (no contract) AND a tablet also with Android or iOS on a 7", 9.6" or 10" display at $500-$750 (WIFI)? The same applies to BB10, Windows 8, and the open source mobile initiatives.

If I remember correctly, there was supposed to be an app allowing a BlackBerry phone to be tethered to the PlayBook. It never worked really well but is a hint of possibilities.

RIM had essentially to lower the price of the PlayBook to sell them. The end price was roughly that of the expected value of the display/touch interface (reference point being photo frames of similar resolution and size), the battery, and the flash memory (reference being microSD of 16, 32, and 64 GB capacities). There was no value-added for the CPU and the OS.

Such a model would work with true multitasking in the mobile os and a bi-directional link to the display tablet (or the 60" TV) allowing the user gestures to flow back into the smartphone.

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