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
Member since:
2009-01-06

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..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

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[3]: Interesting...
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st May 2013 13:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

In The Netherlands computer screens are generally in inches, but TV screens are nearly always in centimeters now.

Most people have no clue what an inch is in length, but like me they just think 10 is more than 7, 17 is less than 20.

With tablets and monitors you usually want to see them for real before you buy them.

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RE[3]: Interesting...
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 1st May 2013 16:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting..."
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

My pricing ranges given were for illustration purposes only.

Yep, the 7" tablet ($150-$300 for a decent one)is the odd one - especially in a widescreen format. It is too big to be a phone and too small to easily provide the surface area for side-by-side multitasking. To really succeed, the 7" tablet will need a killer app which works best only for that screen size.

A device name as Nexus 4, 7, and 10 is easier to remember (for word of mouth marketing) than Nexus 102, 178, and 254.

I remember specifically one device which was marketed based on its size - the Acorn A4 portable computer - and the name had meaning only in countries in which the size of the most common paper sheet is designated as A4.

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RE[3]: Interesting...
by Delgarde on Wed 1st May 2013 22:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting..."
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

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 ?


In NZ, sizes for TVs are commonly seen in either inches or cm, but other devices - tablets, phones, computers - tend to be in inches. Which is kind of annoying, since this is the *only* situation where stupid US imperial measures are routinely used...

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