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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Enterprise Customers
by roblearns on Wed 1st May 2013 19:24 UTC
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I think he was referring to enterprise customers.

I believe you have to put things in context. Some enterprises have applications where at one time you'd carry around a piece of paper and a clipboard. I had a job in my youth where I not only had a clipboard, but a camera and a laptop. I was doing survey's and I needed the computer to computer latitude and longitude, the camera to photo the proposed installation site, and the clipboard with a piece of paper to actually write down information.

Obviously, combining all that into a tablet app - would be awesome.

But then all the enterprises that had sales people clamoring for a tablet, and then they discovered that a tablet sucks for typing, and the screen is too small to do real productive work for extended period - may be back tracking on tablet plans.

So yeah- I can see after 'years' that the enterprise market figures out tablets never made sense in the first place to replace certain desktop apps that require full keyboards and 27" screens.

But, as for tablets in general, of course not, they'll be around for a little while.

Interestingly enough people wonder about the future of google glasses, but not so much the future of augmented reality - when, it only takes a little bit of imagination to figure out that augmented reality is kind of stupid on a cell phone, when compared to the awesome experience of it on google glasses.

Yeah, I don't know if people want specifically Google's google glasses - but some form of this is going to take off.

Google's pretty smart, their version might be the version - but augmented reality on wearable glasses - rock on.

I'd take that instead of a tablet.

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RE: Enterprise Customers
by tylerdurden on Wed 1st May 2013 23:03 in reply to "Enterprise Customers"
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You know there is more to "business" than a person sitting in a cubicle typing away. Right?

There are plenty of business applications where a tablet form factor makes a hell of a lot more sense than a PC or a phone. E.g. iPads are starting to replace traditional POSs among many small merchants. Tablets are great for inventory, consulting manuals in place, checklists, etc, etc.

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