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BlackBerry CEO Heins says in five years, tablets will be dead

0. phoneArena posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:54

During a recent interview, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that he expects tablets to be gone in five year, complaining that "tablets are not a good business model," and that soon they will no longer be necessary; despite that comment, there is also speculation that during BlackBerry Live next month, the company will announce its decision on whether to build a new BlackBerry tablet...

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posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:23

57. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm not trolling dude, why would you say that? :(

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:03 9

8. prayerofaltair (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


yes because as a company Blackberry's executives have such a stellar reputation making predictions about the cellular industry...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:04 11

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 24946; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


In 5 years BB may be dead if they don't watch it.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:39

25. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


They may not make it that long. There is little to no demand for BB devices in my store, and in my region as a whole where I work. If this is the same everywhere, BB is dying off. It's a shame.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:02 1

34. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


BB can make it, I know they can!

Just give them few more years, give them a try, and you will see the success, same as Nokia!

BB and Nokia will definitely make a comeback!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:15 1

36. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Just sharing my experience in my store, nothing more. Not to mention, if you look closely, the Z10 looks a lot like an iPhone, and so does the way the apps are configured. Given Apple's lawsuit happy attitude, I'm thinking the only reason Apple hasn't sued them yet is that they realize there is no way to get blood from a stone. BB just doesn't have money to sue for.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:25 2

38. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Wait, I thought the HTC One looks like the Z10, I'm not saying that HTC copied BB, but, don't you think it's strange?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:39 1

42. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


There are enough differences where I will have to disagree with your comparison of those two devices. As for the similarity of the Z10 with the iPhone, the style of the body, front, and even the placement of the camera and organization of the apps look very much alike, imo. So, no, I don't think it is strange, b/c I do not think that the HTC One looks like the Z10.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:48

45. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It's ok, it's just my opinion. Because the HTC One and the Z10 have the same rounded corners, and the same placement of the logo (both phone's logo are at the bottom).

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:55 1

47. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I sense the sarcasm, and I agree, all phones share some similar characteristics. I was simply pointing out that the Z10 is more similar to the iPhone than other phones they have sued people over lol.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:09

53. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I hope Apple won't sue BB, and other manufacturers. Because Apple needs to change and behave properly, if Apple doesn't change and keep on doing those stupid suing, well, I have one word for Apple : iDIOT!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:34 1

71. cabuya (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


Blackberry doesn't have money? Dude stop living under the sea bb had 78 million users

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:56

73. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Key word in your sentence is "had". BB's stock is a fraction of what it once was, and I am a retail manager for Verizon, and we have sold more Android, iPhones, and WP8's than BB by a massive margin.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:09 5

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


yeah right. just like your BB TABLET died 2,3yrs ago?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:09 1

12. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This kinda proves one of the main reasons why BlackBerry is losing business: They just don't get the entertainment side of mobile. Besides the fact I completely agree with lyndon420's comment above about sharing large screens on the work place, I am confused that BB cannot see tablets being the main device for gaming, multimedia, and playtime in general. With Apple firmly entrenched in professionals office and MS pushing hard to gain traction with Windows 8 in tablet space, you would think BB would be trying to cut into the general market to offset loses in the corporate world.

We will see, I guess.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:38 1

24. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


I agree that BB doesn't get it, but I do see tablets maybe going away. I have a Note 2, do not need a tablet. Or a computer.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:34

68. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you have a Note 2.. but what about your kids? Say you have 2 kids.. what are you going to do? Buy THEM Note2s as well? I doubt it.

If prices come down on tablets, there will be MORE of them in 5 years.. not less.

I can see every university switching to tablets for text books and note taking. Try reading or taking notes on a laptop - doable but not easy.

Touch interface in various industries where someone can hold the tablet and touch the screen.. can't do that with a laptop.

Nope. Tablets are not going anywhere.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:44

29. Leo_MC (Posts: 2693; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I wonder what kind of dumb games can one play on today's tablets...
Oh, sory: Angry Birds and fart games.
No, thank you.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 20:08 2

78. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 265; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Angry Birds is a great game on a touch device but on a PC it would be just another game that never made it.

Games that need keyboards or other controllers just don't work on touch screens, so the future is set their will need to be room for both.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:12 8

13. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


well with how much bigger phones have been getting lately, I think he's right. Soon enough phones will be the same size, so what will be the point of a tablet? Heck we're almost there already (with phones like Galaxy Mega 6.3)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:39 2

26. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Agreed

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:13 3

14. jericalvarez (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


blackberry ceo is a liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:14 4

16. jericalvarez (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


in 5 years blackberry is dead

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:18 4

17. Rexperia (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


I think this guy is getting confused day by day...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:20

18. kingpin81486 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


This coming from the guy that decided to not put out Blackberry key phone and the thing that makes blackberry unique out first. I would say Blackberry is dead in 2 year with this short sided CEO. Just because your Playbook didn't work doesn't mean you are the gauge for the tablet market. This is coming from a Blackberry user, get your head out of your ass and make some better decisions.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:43

27. prayerofaltair (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


but they are putting out a phone with a qwerty...the Q10...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:38

41. kingpin81486 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Yes, but they should have done it as the launch device for BB10

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:21 2

20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


He could very well have a point!

Here's the thing - tablets won't die, but their internal processor and memory will.

In 2018, we should be able to buy a super HD screen, lighter, slimmer than a standard tablet.. that connects to our phones wirelessly, and uses it as a processing source.
That way, we will get a high end tablet with superior handling, ease of use (no need for loading the same apps twice), and battery life (no need for feeding the processor), for LESS THAN HALF THE PRICE of the separate tablet of similar specs(assuming its a high end phone we are using as a source)!

Who on Earth would give 600 $ for a separate tablet, when you could have the superior modular solution for 200$?

That's what this guy is having on his mind.
And I wholeheartedly agree.
If BB turns out the first to offer such accessories, they will have a the upper hand on the market, and deservedly so.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:56

31. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Is the person who downvoted me capable of offering some kind of opinion?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:39

69. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I'll give you one. Your argument is very short sighted. It's a great one, and I'd love to see that capability.. however.. what about for everywhere else tablets are currently used?

You're going to give your 5yr old kid a high end cell phone that will do all this? What if you've got 3 kids?

universities and companies that will rely on the small form factor and customization for things like text books and manuals will give you another cell phone? want to use yours?

i hope to hell in 5 years we can all get tablets at a fraction of the cost of today's tablets. If prices continue to drop, you'll see more and more of them.

I can actually see tablets replacing things like xbox 360's.. kids will all have their own so they'll just get together with friends and bring their own gaming tables and connect them together like they do now.

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