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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by Soulbender on Wed 1st May 2013 09:58 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

"Our venture into the tablet market failed miserably, ergo the tablet market has no future."

Nice try, non-player.

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RE: Right
by cdude on Wed 1st May 2013 14:03 in reply to "Right"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

He did not refer to yesterday or tomorrow but to "next 5 years". Think polymer-keyboards, projections, Google Glasses. If the reasons why Tablets are successful, integrated bigger display and input-methods, are changing then whats left that can't be done with smaller devices like smartphones or a watch?

Edited 2013-05-01 14:07 UTC

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RE[2]: Right
by majipoor on Wed 1st May 2013 14:19 in reply to "RE: Right"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

"He did not refer to yesterday or tomorrow but to "next 5 years". "

Then he is wrong: there is a least a big market for tablets until a supposed "next big thing".

But considering that Blackberry did already try to enter this market, I think it is more reasonable to say that they do not know how to compete and prefer not to try.

It is a little bit like Apple in 2009 which thought the netbook market was not worth to be considered. I am not sure however that Blackberry is already almost ready to actually ship the next revolution which will destroy the tablet market. Apple was.

Edited 2013-05-01 14:21 UTC

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RE[2]: Right
by tylerdurden on Wed 1st May 2013 17:06 in reply to "RE: Right"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I personally would not trust the insights on what the next 5 years are going to bring, from the CEO of a company which has systematically missed every major trend in their market space for the past 5 years...

Given blackberry's recent track record, then it must mean that tablets have great short term market prospects.

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