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: Right
by cdude on Wed 1st May 2013 14:03 UTC in reply to "Right"
cdude
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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[3]: Right
by cdude on Wed 1st May 2013 14:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Right"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

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


He could only be wrong if that "next big thing" not happens next 5 years. Is that really your believe that tablets are the optimum and nothing is going to replace them?

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.


Maybe. Now how that's related to your statement that there will be no "next big thing" in the next 5 years?

It is a little bit like Apple in 2009 which thought the netbook market was not worth to be considered.

And today, 3-4 years later, Netbooks-hype is gone and was replaced with the tablets-hype. Good example of yours why we shouldn't take it for granted that there will be nothing else coming along next 5 years to replace tablets.

Edited 2013-05-01 14:41 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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RE[3]: Right
by Nelson on Thu 2nd May 2013 03:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Right"
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2005-11-29

To be fair, he hasn't been at the helm of BB for a lot of those strategic blunders.

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