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No Reason To Buy A Tablet Anymore
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mak63
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mak63,
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9/9/2014 | 1:53:13 AM
Re: Still happy with my tablet
"I think the smartphone competition is for those who have, or are considering, a tablet with a 7 inch screen"

I agree with this. Moreover, don't people usually get some sort of discount for their phone when they sign a 2 year contract? Tablets don't get this discount, do they?

 
PedroGonzales
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9/4/2014 | 1:44:20 PM
Re: Tablets stuck in limbo
@Chris.  That is very interesting.  I have a friend with kids and their kids love both their iphone apps and ipad.  My friend whom is a frequent traveler got a large screen android tablet.  He enjoys it very much.  It is light and the large screen allows him to read news and send emails. 
Laurianne
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9/3/2014 | 10:07:08 AM
Re: Tablets stuck in limbo
I still prefer the iPhone Mini screen for reading, research, etc. than the phone, or even larger phones. But to Tom's point, a foldable display will break the rules, just a matter of when it will be practical outside of research labs.
GlassWriter
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GlassWriter,
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9/3/2014 | 10:06:21 AM
It's Software, Not Hardware
I've been through a number of tablets and phones since the iPhone and iPad were introduced. Based on all this experience, I feel that the real issue isn't hardware. It's software - operating systems and applications. I have dumped my Nokia 1520 Windows 8.1 Phone (phablet) and Surface Pro 2 (2-in-1), and purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" (Android), and reactivated my Samsung Galaxy 3 (Android). Microsoft Windows 8.1 is not a mobile operating system. For example, it's too clunky/slow, requires a stylus for accurate selection of menus and other items, still tends to be a battery hog, suffers from a paucity of apps period, especially those that are finger as opposed to stylus sensitive. For work I use a desktop with 27" display.
Lorna Garey
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9/3/2014 | 9:54:53 AM
Re: Tablets stuck in limbo
Pedro, When you hand your tablet to your kindergartner, that's a sure sign that it's lost most-favored-device status. Agreed on 2-in-1s and raise you Chromebooks.
ITPolicy Guy
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ITPolicy Guy,
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9/3/2014 | 9:23:35 AM
Still happy with my tablet
I think the smartphone competition is for those who have, or are considering, a tablet with a 7 inch screen. if you have a tablet with a 9 or 10 inch screen, 2-in-1 laptops are the competition. I bought a smartphone after having an Asus tablet with a 10" screen and I would not give up my tablet. It is handy for me to use and I don't worry/bother with a separate keyboard. It is smaller and lighter so traveling with it is good for me (plus I do genealogical research).
ThadeusF903
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ThadeusF903,
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9/3/2014 | 9:20:00 AM
I disagree 98.5%
Slowdown of sales growth doesn't prove your previous conjecture, nor your current supposition.  It just means that the need has been fulfilled, not that the need is going away.  Once most everybody that wants a tablet has one, they don't need to keep buying them.  We're depleting the pool of people that want one and don't have one, nothing more nothing less.  And as everyone gets sufficient value out of the tablet they have, they'll buy a new one, shinier, prettier, lighter, faster, better graphics and sound, cooler apps, longer lasting batteries, cooler cases, hopefully more external interfaces, and new whizbang features.  I'll never be able to read books and PDF whitepapers on an iPad, and I hate pulling out the laptop.  So tablets fill a major need in terms of form factor.  And if you think I'm going to buy, use, or store in my pocket a "phablet" well you've just jumped the shark to crazy-land.  They're OK for people that can't afford an iPhone or iPad, or don't mind looking stupid (like everyone did with a contact manager back in the day, and the way Palm Pilot people still should feel) using and talking into some monstrosity of a phone.  But the "installed base" of tablet users are still there, and happy using a logical form factor, rather than a "tweener" more adept at marketing to and satisfying cost-sensitive users.  My prediction, years from now I'll still be using an iPhone, an iPad, and a Macbook.  And no, it won't have voice recognition--enven if it does I won't use it--or mind control, or an interface with my glasses.  And you said it yourself: "The phone is just big enough for reading ebooks, emagazines, and Web surfing comfortably. The tablet still provides a better experience for those activities, but it's not essential."  In other words, phablets are just a way of making do.  They're "almost" useful, and they're just a "tad" smaller.  A tweener solution, some will like it, some will stick their noses up at it.  But it's not putting tablets out of business anytime soon.  If anything, you'll see iPads gradually replaced with Minis and new form factors that try to find the perfect mix of form, fit, and function.  It won't be a phablet though.  And if the Mini comes out with a 4G phone capability, bye-bye phablets.  People will still need their iPhone, though, because a mini will never fit in our pockets.
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9/3/2014 | 9:18:57 AM
Re: Tablets stuck in limbo
It's a good point about kids/travel, but I think Mike's point still holds -- increasingly you'll just do a large iPod/Android device, and a laptop if you need more. I just took a trip with my middle school kids, and they had access to their touchscreen iPods and my iPads (full and mini), and the iPod was always the preferred option. 
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PedroGonzales,
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9/2/2014 | 10:15:56 PM
Re: Tablets stuck in limbo
I feel the same way.  Tablets are unable to compete with their two in one counterparts.  They offer the best functionalities of both worlds.  I won't be surprise if in a soon to be future all laptops will be 2 in 1.  I did notice that people with kids(I'm even seeing tablets for children) and constant travelers are keen in using tablets.      
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9/2/2014 | 6:40:21 PM
Re: Tablets stuck in limbo
If anyone can figure out how to create a phone with a variably sized screen (with fold-out or sliding tiles that lock together seamlessly), tablets will become redundant. I give it five to seven years.
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