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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins   (Source: ReadWrite.com)
Thorsten Heins thinks that tablets are a dead end

When it comes to forward-looking progress in the mobile sector, most people aren't looking to companies like BlackBerry for direction. Instead, most people look towards Google, Apple, Amazon, and to a lesser extent these days, Microsoft.
 
However, BlackBerry, which is soon set to launch its "old school" QWERTY-equipped Q10 smartphone, has gone against the grain and given a dire prediction for the future of tablets.
 
“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” said BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins while being interviewed at the Milken Institute conference. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

Companies like Apple would definitely disagree with the last statement; iPad sales have been growing ever since its introduction in 2010. In addition, the iPad (along with the iPhone) are bringing in the majority of the profits for Apple while its iPod and Mac product lines have played a back seat role.
 
Amazon is also using its relatively low-cost tablets to lure customers to its digital media and streaming product offerings. The online retail giant makes little to no money on the sale of the actual Kindle Fire hardware, but counts on a steady stream of revenue from customers that purchase eBooks, TV shows, and movies.
 
Microsoft is also betting big on tablets as witnessed by its Surface and Surface Pro tablets (although Microsoft is finding out that breaking into an Apple/Google-dominated market is tough work).
 
It's pretty easy to see why Heins is pessimistic about tablets due to the abject failure of its 7" PlayBook, but to decry the failure of the entire tablet market seems a bit premature.
 
So does Thorstein Heins have a magic 8-ball that is accurately predicting the future, or do you think that he is downplaying the importance of the tablet form-factor until BlackBerry can launch a credible entry? 

Source: Bloomberg



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RE: Microsoft is silly
By Pirks on 4/30/2013 7:03:26 PM , Rating: 1
Says brain dead idiot who's been lying here about the lack of solid reviews of Windows 8. You better crawl back into your stinky cave, lying troll.


RE: Microsoft is silly
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2013 12:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 is fine, you just have to return the start menu and not use metro apps if you don't like them.


RE: Microsoft is silly
By Belard on 5/1/2013 4:09:41 PM , Rating: 2
so... the only "features" that separates win 8 from win should be ripped out... which means.... why the hell bother with an ugly version of windows?


RE: Microsoft is silly
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2013 4:14:47 PM , Rating: 2
I find the start screen faster to use than the start menu, its just missing things like reboot, shutdown, etc.


RE: Microsoft is silly
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2013 4:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
There should also be a default desktop mode for pc's.


RE: Microsoft is silly
By Belard on 5/1/2013 4:26:35 PM , Rating: 2
oh parks... you are amusing as always.
I was wrong on toms hardware. as proven, anandtech did no such review. and in all reviews... they are ho-hum.

the market data shows that win is a failure. but sure... some people will like it. same as some people like shister videos, doesn't mean we all do.


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