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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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st May 2013 11:10 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

I think the prices and profit margins of tablets will go down, making the tablet market not that interesting as it was at the start.

But this happened to the PC market too. Despite this it kept going for years and years, until the tablet started making it even more difficult to make any money out of it.

The tablet will probably replace the laptop for a great deal at people's home and to a lesser degree desktops. Less so in business, but they will be used more and more as an additional tool.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by sparkyERTW on Wed 1st May 2013 13:42 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
sparkyERTW Member since:
2010-06-09

They're going to have to come a long way to replace laptops, and even further for desktops. I bought an ASUS Transformer, thinking that it might serve well enough to replace my laptop. Fast forward to now and I use my laptop 95% of the time; the tablet just simply is not powerful enough - especially in terms of the UI - to keep up with many of the jobs/tasks I throw at it, leaving me frequently saying to myself "this is just too long/cumbersome/gimped... where'd I put my laptop..."

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st May 2013 13:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It depends what kind of user you are I guess.

I could do my job using a tablet, but if wouldn't be very convenient. But outside of work a tablet can fulfill my needs pretty well. Since I got one I rarely touch my laptop at home.

A lot of people/users are simple information consumers. They want to sit in the living room or garden, read news on the Internet, sent a few emails, watch YouTube and perhaps play a time killing game. Any tablet can do that.

If you type a lot and/or work in a number of application at the same time then a laptop or desktop computer quickly outclasses a tablet.

Using my phone and tablet I can stay away from the computer for a very long time.

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