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Phablets Put The Hurt On Tablets
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ChrisMurphy
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5/5/2014 | 10:25:37 AM
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I tend to agree here with the sentiment that there's not a huge need for a tablet upgrade -- I like my small tablet fine, but I don't put many demands on it. It's a web reader first and foremost, and an occasional e-book reader.
Ks2 Problema
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5/3/2014 | 10:38:50 PM
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The message from kaylejedwards (under which I clicked 'reply' -- although this post seems to have appeared ABOVE the message being replied to) is SPAM.

S. P. A. M. Perhaps you have heard of the phenomenon?

Why doesn't IW have a REPORT THIS POST function?

It's 2014, IW. 
Somedude8
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5/3/2014 | 5:48:42 PM
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Been thinking today about the exact questions you pose, since reading this article in the morning.

My wife has a Nexus 7. For her, its a mobile web browser. Anywhere she can get WiFi, she can hit up whatever websites she wants. If not, she uses her phone as a mobile hotpost.

I think she might start using it as a remote control for the cable box too, since the cable company offers it. Can't vouch for how well that will work out, but thats another story for another day.

What strikes me about her usage is that there really isn't anything that would make her say "Oh my tablet needs to be replaced because it doesn't do/have _____ like that new ones does!"

I suspect that she is not alone, that many others won't have a compelling reason to upgrade their tablets until they break. This leads me to believe that tablet replacement cycles are going to be quite different than smartphone replacement cycles, and much longer.

It may be that as most people that want a tablet (whether they knew they wanted one or not) finally have one, tablet sales may actually drop off quite a bit. I sure hope manufacturers aren't depending on continued market growth to fund the expenses of today. If they are, then tomorrow's tablets may be a *lot* more expensive than today's.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/3/2014 | 5:06:56 PM
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Nope, no latex. I'm talking about a seemless method of carrying a phone or a tablet and reading glasses. And, while we're at it, why not a space for blood pressure and cholesterol medications? Very few six-packs in the crew I'm lobbying for, except for the six-packs in our refrigerators. I was thinking about a modern update the unfortunate "fanny packs" of a decade ago. Somewhere, someplace there is a guru/god who decides what is hip, or at least acceptable, for American men to wear. I call on that entity. We need an update since payphones have beeen replaced with smartphones and tablets.
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5/3/2014 | 2:36:15 PM
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I thought that when Apple came out with the iPad Mini it was a significant refresh of its tablet lineup. But since then, I have found it harder to understand what is going to entice consumers to buy new models. 

Sure, over time tablets are going to get outdated. But is that going to motivate people to buy a brand new model? I would argue that it is going to take some really useful features in order to keep the sales numbers up. 
Somedude8
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5/3/2014 | 11:30:10 AM
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BFP.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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5/2/2014 | 6:00:16 PM
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If it were up to me, the official designations would be:

Phone

Bloated Phone

Small Tablet

Large Tablet

Monitor

 

Each designation would apply to a specific range of dimensions. Falling into the "bloated phone" category would be undesirable from a marketing perspective. That would lead to fewer bloated phones and more general contentment in the world.

(I'd probably be willing to accept "magnaphone" as a compromise.)
Laurianne
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5/2/2014 | 5:50:24 PM
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Agreed, many people hate the word "phablet" -- what would you call it? Maybe we should run a contest for a new name.
Thomas Claburn
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5/2/2014 | 5:46:22 PM
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The word "phablet" should be banned. It's awful.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/2/2014 | 3:22:02 PM
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Phablets fit in a man's jacket pocket, and I saw many carried this way at our recent conference. Not the iPad mini though. That must be a factor.
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