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    Tablets will be dead in 5 years: Blackberry CEO....


    The tablet computer has no future, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins told Bloomberg in an interview.
    “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins said in an interview in Los Angeles Monday. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

    His comments are the strongest indication yet that BlackBerry may be planning to abandon its tablet computer line, less than two years after the company's PlayBook debuted to less than stellar reviews.

    BlackBerry took a $485 million write-down in 2011 after the PlayBook was panned by critics for lacking a built-in email feature, among other issues.

    “In five years, I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing -- that’s what we’re aiming for,” Heins told Bloomberg. “I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat.”
    (please don't shoot the messenger....)
    Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Will Be Dead In 5 Years
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    Pretty bold statements. I don't think tablets will replace a notebook/ultra book form factor in the near future. But, I don't think they're going to "die" either. Tablets are very useful in many situations/environments.
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    Blackberry will be dead in 3 years
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    Blackberry will be dead in 3 years
    Very possibly

    “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,”
    Probably. They are not likely to disappear completely - but some other form factor will be the next big thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Blackberry will be dead in 3 years
    Very possibly
    Not just possibly. They will die. Their largest customer base are abandoning ship en masse. The US government used to be RIM's biggest customer. It jumped ship a couple months ago and converted to iphone and android. Commercial entities are also leaving. My brother's company, for example, is one of the largest insurance companies in the Midwest. It jumped ship from the blackberry late last year.

    The blackberry is an evolutionary dead end.
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    [QUOTE=goodintentions;228263][QUOTE=SIW2;228243]
    Not just possibly. They will die. Their largest customer base are abandoning ship en masse. The US government used to be RIM's biggest customer. It jumped ship a couple months ago and converted to iphone and android.
    Simply not true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m1a1mg View Post
    Simply not true.
    I just checked. You are right. There was a report stating that federal agencies are switching to android and iPhone. I caught that report. There was another one that came out a month later that the last report was in error. Agencies are including multiple platforms, including the iPhone, android, and blackberry. That report I missed.

    regardless, companies are dropping blackberry by the masses. Their market share is decreasing rapidly. I know of no private blackberry owner that's happy with their phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Blackberry will be dead in 3 years
    Very possibly

    “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,”
    Probably. They are not likely to disappear completely - but some other form factor will be the next big thing.
    Hybrids maybe? The ones you can actually use like a laptop/netbook/notebook, whatever. The clamshell designs where you can detach the tablet from the keyboard appeal to me more than something like the Surface with its floppy keyboard.
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    Says the CEO of a company that is the very definition of irrelevance who also believes that the iphone or android didn't affect Blackberry....

    More likely, Blackberry will be dead in five years, or at least bought out by someone.
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    The saddest part of that is that BlackBerry actually put out a really nice tablet. The Playbook has one of the nicest and smoothest UIs around. I owned one for a year. Sadly they really killed it off themselves through an almost criminal lack of support.
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