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 Moochman on Wed 1st May 2013 10:56 UTC
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Sounds like they are working on positioning their smartphones as desktop replacements by allowing them to be connected to bigger screens... I'll be interested to see what they come out with.

But yeah, to argue that there's no tablet market is silly. Maybe no tablet market for BlackBerry, though. And actually I'm OK with that, as long as they keep making good phones.

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RE: Interesting...
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 1st May 2013 12:30 in reply to "Interesting..."
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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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RE[2]: Interesting...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 1st May 2013 13:20 in reply to "RE: Interesting..."
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Your price point on 7 inch tablets is way off.

BTW, anyone else notice that the tablet sizes are almost always in inches? Now that I think of it, screen sizes for everything are also in inches. Is that solely a US or English phenomenon? If so, what do they call a nexus 4, 7, or 10 ? Is it marketed as Nexus 102, 178, and 254 ?

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RE: Interesting...
by Pro-Competition on Wed 1st May 2013 15:29 in reply to "Interesting..."
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I like the idea behind products like the Asus PadFone - the phone contains the "computer", and you can dock it with a larger display to make a tablet, and attach a keyboard to make a netbook-type thing. But you still have a tablet form factor in the mix.

Unless head-mounted displays and virtual keyboards/surfaces go mainstream in the next five years, this prediction is probably wrong.

(And FWIW, I will NOT talk, twitch, wave my hands or otherwise gesticulate in public in order to control my computer. It just won't happen.)

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