How long will tablet computers be around, and what will replace them?
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They're arguably more ubiquitous than laptops these days, but not for long. At least according to BlackBerry boss Thorstein Heins: 'In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet any more,' Heins predicts. 'Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.' Maybe take that with a pinch of salt, but don't discount it entirely.
Smartphones can pretty much do what tablets do, and they're getting bigger screens to accommodate certain things, whilst remaining small enough to go in your pocket. And, as Heins says, with screens all around the house – or screens for a house – why would you need to carry around a tablet?
It might not happen as quick as he thinks, but he might be on to something there.
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I doubt the tablet niche will go away...
Consider showing something to someone on:
A phone ... too small
A laptop ... always looks very clumsy and unsafe holding up an opened out laptop - better with convertibles of course
For personal use, maybe something like "Google Glass" will take over, with a personal heads up display
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Just read an article last night that our tablets will be able to access a computer loaded with an operating system, in the cloud. Meaning that you won't need your trusty iMac/iBook anymore, as the hard system calculations and such will be done by a mainframe that you can login to via a web browser.