Do you have a tablet? How old is it? Are you planning on a new one? (poll results)

Do you have a tablet? How old is it? Are you planning on a new one? (poll results)
The tablet market has been slowing down for over a year now, according to analysts the world over. And based on anectdotal experience, at PhoneArena we've been observing the same reality for a while now. It seems like the once mega-hyped field was never meant to take over traditional laptop and desktop computers—contrary to what companies tried to convince us of, and what various industry pundits repeated again and again.

This is not to say that the market is dead. Plenty of people still like the tablet form factor, whether for media consumption, superior browsing experience, or just the ability to do some light work. But what about our own readers, who are typically very much ahead of the curve and buy into new technologies? Are they starting to drop tablets, too? According to the data from our latest poll, it seems that they are.

Indeed, while only a fifth of the over 1,600 participants say they don't own a tablet, just a quarter of all voters bought a tablet in the years 2015 and 2016. Most of the people surveyed (24% and 17%) say they got one in 2014 and 2013, respectively. A little over 13% own a tablet from 2012 or earlier. 

Of course, tablet lifespan is longer than that of smartphones, so perhaps a healthy chunk of voters are going to get a new slate this year? Less than 20%, actually, with nearly 60% of voters saying they have no plans to pick up a new one, and over 21% undecided. Even if these numbers were statistically representative of the global population—which we have no way of knowing, but find very unlikely—it would appear that demand for tablets is, indeed, slowing down.

Do you plan on getting a tablet by the end of 2016?

Yes
19.31%
No
59.49%
Unsure
21.2%

Do you own a tablet? How old is it?

No
20.2%
Yes, bought in 2016
8.66%
Yes, bought in 2015
16.41%
Yes, bought in 2014
24.04%
Yes, bought in 2013
17.39%
Yes, bought in 2012 or older
13.3%

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47 Comments

1. vanquished

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Tablets are useless. They're too big to take with you and don't accomplish the same tasks that a laptop can do. I first got the HP touchpad for $99 when it was on firesale, used that sparingly to watch movies on airplanes basically. Then I got the Asus Vivotab RT (which I still use today but again only for netflix and it sits on my nightstand). I bought the HP Stream 8 when it was on sale for $75 (free year of office 365 so...) and almost never used it. People want a real keyboard when they're doing things that require a keyboard. Everyone flipped out and said, the PC market was dead and tablets were the replacement. People just failed to realize that people weren't replacing laptops with tablets they just weren't replacing the laptops as often because the advances in computing power didn't justify the replacement for most people.

2. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Playing Devil's advocate, I've used my Pixel C as a full laptop replacement at work whenever my laptop was out for warranty repair. Did I miss having a fully functional Windows laptop? You bet! Did it kill me? No, not really. Also, for the readers among us, tablets are a godsend. I've attempted to use my phone for ebooks and it's a) too small; and b) runs dead way too quickly. I'd say "useless" is a broad word. I'd say "for some people more than others".

4. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

for readers, i'd actually recommend a proper e-book or an actual BOOK so you don't end up burning your eyes out after a long reading session. js.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

For the millionth time, most people don't need a full computer on the go. Only for work do they need one. Once they log off from work for the day and go home, they don't need a full computer. The polls actually show that most people own a tablet. They just bought them at a different point in time. As far as the question about buying one in 2016, I fall in the no category. Why? Because I bought an ipad Pro 12.9 8-9 months ago. It's just not time to upgrade. It has nothing to do with not wanting a tablet. Do t get caught up in tablet sales falling. People are just holding on to their old ones longer. It has a computer life cycle, not a phone.

43. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This is exactly right. When Apple decided to take on the PC market by introducing a device that could replace 90% of what a laptop is used for, everyone bought into it and then sales plataued. Total saturation was inevitable. Now the industry is upset because people don't upgrade them as often as they do a phone. They didn't predict that tablets would inherit the same upgrade cycle as laptops. Verizon and other carriers push hard for tablet sales but fail to understand that users aren't willing to pay for new tech that loads Facebook slightly faster.

45. vanquished

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

That's the exact thing that happened with pcs. Tablet didn't replace anything, they supplemented PCs/MACs and just like PCs/MACs people don't feel the need to upgrade tablets every year or two.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yes, tablets are rather pointless when it comes to full fledged office work... But... They're better than Smartphones when it comes to media consumption!

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Right on the money.

22. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@TechieXP1969 Right on the money? Who? Me...?!! Is it coming for Mr. Teachie? No way...!!! Wow, today must be a cold day in hell...! Anyhow, appreciate it, lad...!

46. vanquished

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Sure. But who carries a tablet around with them everywhere? Maybe I could see a 6-7 inch tablet in a purse but... That's my point. If you're going to have to carry something bigger than a cellphone you might as well carry a 2-in-1 or other ultra mobile notebook.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Too Big?! Based on what fact? IMO, ant tablet 10" or less is very portable. No different than carrying a book of the same size. If you think a tablet is too big, maybe you need to shoot some steroids into your hands and arms...lol I use both a keyboard and mouse with my Tab S. Trying to hold a tablet an type in landscape is hard vs in portrait. The PC market is NEVER going to die. It will simply be slow as PC's are so powerful and nothing has really changed as far as apps, you simply don't need to buy a PC very often. You only need a new PC, maybe once every 5+ years. I have a 10 year old PC running Windows 7. Works just fine.

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@TechieXP1969 Why we fail to understand that Human Race is a 'freak of nature'... We all have different tastes and preferences, lad... Unlike dogs who UNIVERSALLY love to chase squirrels, play fetch and just love to bark at cats on the trees...! A 10" Behemoth might be 'tiny' for you, no doubt... But for me; a 5.5" is a tablet, all right!

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He has the "my way or the highway" mentality. I've no time for people like that. Choice, and personal preference is why we have all this in the first place.

29. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Home Tablets are not useless they are a good replacement for HOME laptops 90% of the time, Every night & all weekend I use my tablet instead of waiting 5 minutes for my laptop to turn on. For internet browsing & casual games a tablet with 10.5" is ideal, I do use a laptop sometimes but only a couple of times a month. For Work purposes I agree laptops are way better.

40. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Couldn't agree more, that's what I've been saying since the release of the original iPad so I waited until someone released an useful tablet (like the surface pro) to give a try.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Mini (1st Gen), Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and a Surface Pro 4. None will be replaced anytime soon. The ARM based devices will be doing pretty much the exact same things 5+ years from now. After all, they haven't changed in the past 5 years. The Surface Pro 4 is awesome considering its x86. It will last at least 10 years before its useless.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Wow... Really Teachie? You have an iPad that's been made by APPLE...??? I guess you probably treat it like an ex-wife, eh? Oh well... G'Day!

19. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

i find your "oh well g'day!!!!" to be so obnoxious that i want to stab my eyes out whenever i see it. not that im saying im a saint thooo. my grammar is so cancerous im probably making half of the earths population set themselves on fire. i just felt like saying that because it was bugging me for oh so long. sorry to be THAT GUY :^(

20. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@skips What could I possibly say except for "Deal with it"...??? Hmmm... You're entitled to your own opinion, lad...! Oh well... G'Day!

23. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It may come as a surprise to you (apparently not); but I'm NOT a native English Speaker... And just so you know; I can speak FOUR languages, of which THREE I can speak with full fluency... Hmmm, quite a feat in today's world, eh?! G'Da... Woah... Sorry about that, lad...!

28. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

wow i'm pretty sure 90% of PA users arent native english speakers, including myself. what a suprise, EH. i can speak multiple languages aswell. i really fail to see why you had to mention that, but, whatever floats your goat. you do you. p.s. im not ur lad, buddy.

32. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

"I guess you probably treat it like an ex-wife, eh?" Lmao. You never fail to crack me up

14. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

4 tablets? Dude can I have one?

18. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

He practically has just one tablet, as far as I'm concerned... So he can't possibly give you one, lad! He always; ALWAYS uses his Galaxy Tab as his iPads are reserved for "target practice" for all I know...! Man, I'd love to shoot an iPad with a .44 Mag...! Do invite me someday, Teachie...

5. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I have two mini iPads (1st gen from 2013, still working perfectly running iOS 9.3.2 and a retina Mini2 one) at home. Great for youtube/twitch/music (decent speaker)/casual games/ interwebz browsing. They also play back all my media from NAS around the house. Without the need to wait to boot the OS really, and they last longer than any laptop at their price point. Sufficient for most media consumption at home.

6. det_bradlee

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Most tablets are underpowered and overpriced. Why do i have higher specs in my phone than any tablet available? Give me great graphics, a ton of RAM, and a massive battery. If you can't do that, I'll stick to my phone.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The reason is, your tablet isn't doing anything your phone isn't already. Especially in the case of the iPad, it is basically an iPhone without cellular capabilities. Samsung's own phones also offer the same capabilities of the Galaxy in general. The only real benefit is the screen size. Even though I do watch movies on my Note 5, the Tab S looks better and it just more fun for such.

35. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The iPad is NOT an iPhone with a bigger screen. There are specific tablet only apps on iPad. What you meant to say are "Android tablets are blown up Android phones." because that is accurate. Over 80% of all Android apps aren't optimized for a screen bigger than 8 inches. Having said that, Android could thrive in the small tablet market if they weren't trying so hard to supplant the Surface line :D.

10. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

I've owned the Nexus 7 1st gen, Nexus 7 2nd gen, iPad Air, iPad Mini 1, iPad Mini 4, Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Tab S 10.1 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4. I sold all of them because they were pretty much useless for me. The only one that I really miss is the Tab S 8.4 because of the gorgeous screen. Best screen ever on a tablet. I moved on to a Dell Chromebook 11 i3/4GB. When Android Apps hit Chromebooks, tablets will become completely useless for me. I'm just waiting for someone to make a nice 13 inch flip Chromebook. The Asus flip is pretty nice, but too small.

33. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

What about a convertible?

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