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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 01 May 2013, 04:03

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

All you said could be done with the modular concept too.. why would a child need a high end phone?
You think a low end phone in 2018 won't suffice to power a 5 year old's tablet ?
Also, an average family will have several phones, not just one..in fact, i say there's a big probability some old ditched phone would find a great use for this purpose.

And who said you could hook it up only to the phone?
Why not to the computers at the university?

That being said, of course there will always be some uses where a standalone tablet is the best solution.

I never said they will cease to exist..just that in the mainstream market, they should be phased out in favor of cheaper, more efficient concepts

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:25 1

21. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

how bout in 5 years, he needs to replace that awful toupee that he's wearing on his head lmbo. there are times where "keeping your mouth shut" is a good idea. tablets are useful for business as well as personal aspects of our global economy. Why blackberry doesnt see that is beyond me, BUT if they dont make something innovative within the next 5 years, they may be the one thats dead and gone

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:34 3

22. omacmagic (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Mr. Heins, tell Apple and all the other companies that, who are making money now rather than waiting next 5 years for something that will replace the tablets.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:44 3

28. greyhulk (Posts: 162; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

We all know that Blackberry is the authority on what's relevant in technology. \sarcasm

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:53

30. Aeires (unregistered)

Tablets will be important devices in the medical field. It's easy for a doctor to carry around a light weight tablet and show their patients information compared to relying on a computer for that function. Phones are too small for that as well, tablets fill that perfect niche for applications like this.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:58 2

32. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

I think he is talking about Blackberry Tablets. Oh wait... Those are already dead.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:18 2

37. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

I think it's thought like this that made RIM into RIP...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:27 2

39. MrWilli5 (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)

righhtttt what does the blackberry ceo know..

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:51 1

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

The BlackBerry CEO knows what we need, what is it? Well, it's simple, it is the BB10, because it is Built To Keep You Moving! :)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:11 1

54. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

You have your head so far up you know where. Blackberry is dead! Nobody is buying the garbage

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:26

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

Your comment is dead dude! Everyone in PhoneArena knows you're a BB hater!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:27 2

65. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Heck yeah and proud of it

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:31 2

40. Armor (Posts: 52; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

He is saying that with the way that smartphones are growing in screen size that a tablet will not be needed. He did not say that desktop computers or laptops will be gone from the work place. Watch how Blackberry makes a big comeback. Why would anyone want a company like Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, Nokia, HTC or Windows to fail. We need them all to continue to move the needle on Technology.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:42

43. Suo.Eno (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)

This is like saying ARM, Qualcomm, nVIDIA, AMD and Intel and not to mention Apple who'd retooled themselves back into the SoC game for their "A" chips, are wasting BILLIONS on their SoCs' R&D for the next 5 years? Must be a helluva pot variant he's smoking there in Waterloo.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:57 1

48. fuhrer (Posts: 39; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)

Playbook is already dead Heins. face it or maybe BB will no longer be needed in 5 years

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:02 1

49. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

This guy is a complete tool. Blackberry will not even be around in five years to even exist. Blackberry is done!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:15 1

62. voxmarc (Posts: 335; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

maybe he means his Company.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:26

63. mrblah (Posts: 577; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

in 5 months bb will be dead lol

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:31 1

70. deathgod (Posts: 122; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

With thinking like this, no wonder BB is struggling. I have a tablet, laptop and desktop and I use my tablet the most, even though its the least powerful. It's just more convient to carry round and use when all I want to do is watch a movie, browse the web, play a few games, and just relax.

In 5 years we could have affordable tablets (-$500) with 10hrs+ battery life, google nexus 10 screen res or better, intel core i7 processing power, and maybe oled screens. Tablets will be more than capable then of replacing laptops and desktops for most people and they're not going away anytime soon.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:45 1

76. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

SPOT ON! I use my tablet so much its usually dead before 8 or 8pm. I love my phone, but like you said its a lot easier to use a tablet for browsing the internet, watching a movie, or just relaxing in bed reading an ebook. The only way I can see tablets disappearing is if they start going the way of the PadPhone. Combining a smartphone and tablet into one device is a fantastic idea I wish other OEMs would consider doing.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:49 1

72. pvaraich (Posts: 15; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

I think he is talking about blackberry..lol..Blackberry playbooks were dead on arrival and five years is a long time for blackberry. He clearly meant blackberry here as he knows what the future holds for their tablets. They just can't keep up with others in competition...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 19:27

77. bikingbill (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

We're launching a Crickler puzzle (PlayScreen's iOS Crossword Game) dedicated to notable technology predictions that failed, “Worst Tech Predictions EVER”. The puzzle features fifteen of the most infamously wrong predictions ever. Notable examples include Michael Dell’s 1997 suggestion that Apple Computer shut down and return their money to shareholders, Sir. Alan Sugar’s claim that the iPod would be dead by 2005, and the recent claim that in five years there would be no reason to have a tablet by Blackberry’s CEO. Having seen the amazing success tablets are having with gamers and educational apps, I feel confident this forecast has earned a special place in the list of magnificently wrong predictions.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 22:24 2

80. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

If he's so good at predicting the future why is Blackberry where it is now?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 22:43 3

81. yatmiko (Posts: 37; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

5 year's later the tablet will be more powerfull than labtop.
That CEO is a fail.
Last time microsoft underestimate the tablet and see now the tablet sales more than any pc or labtop.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 22:57 1

82. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Yes, five years is needed for the death of Tablets... But with such CEO, BB doesn't needs that much time, imho...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 23:23 2

83. kboo1995 (unregistered)

So will your company

posted on 01 May 2013, 03:05 1

85. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Not only are we not going to have tablets, we're going to have flying cars, too.

posted on 01 May 2013, 19:24

87. cenasucks4eva (unregistered)

the only good thing tablets are good for is for making PCs cheaper for us, other than that they are useless

posted on 02 May 2013, 02:24

88. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Heins is an example and reason why BB will be dead within 5 years. He is in fact a moron if he thinks tablets will be dead. I delayed my judgment on his comment until reading his justification. Tablets being replaced by a bigger platform... Are you kidding me? Those are called desktops and have been nosediving in sales due to tablets. Tablets exist because of their ever increasing computer capabilities in the most mobile platform. Mobility is the key. That (and pricing) is why the 7 and 8 inch platforms and even phablets are catching on fire. As the world continues to become more mobile with people constantly on the go at both home and work, the demand for tablets will only continue to rise for the foreseeable future. I am dumbfounded by how dumb a CEO for a major company can sound.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:15

90. Andrewtst (Posts: 678; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Blackberry itself is more useless now.

Z10 might still selling hot in USA but not really sellable in others country.

I had personally try it, it is the best blackberry touch phone but not yet match for mainstream.

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