Subplot of the day: have users realized tablets are unnecessary?

Today has been one of the rare days where we got big announcements from both the Android world and the Apple world. This morning, we finally got a look at the new OnePlus One Android smartphone (phablet?), and then this evening Apple announced its Q2 earnings which (mostly) exceeded expectations. But, there was an interesting subplot behind both stories: do tablets really matter?...
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59 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, my Nexus 7 is used by my three kids and each one has their own profile - I no longer use it - thanks to the power of Android. Meanwhile, I now use one device, a phablet, a Coolpad 9976A, and my Nexus 5 just collects dust. Probably should sell it...

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

That is what my phones are as well -- expensive dust collectors. A tablet is like a nice easy to read phone that doesn't interrupt me with calls and texts :)

37. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

The problem with large screen tablets has been the introduction of Haswell. 11" super small notebooks that can do everything a tablet can, has a keyboard for productivity, has software that's quite productive and weigh just a kilo. The only problem was battery life, but Haswell put that nail in the coffin. TLDR; iPad's biggest competitor isn't Android. It's the 11" Macbook Air.

55. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Haswell may give you a low power notebook with good battery life. But that notebook is huge and heavy and clunky compared to a tablet. An 8" tablet weighs less than 1/4 of a kilo and is nice to hold for reading, surfing the web, watching videos, etc. For me, a notebook is a huge hassle to deal with I am not typing something substantial. I just don't see these two devices as competing. I do things on my S-Pen Samsung tablet -- like drawing with a Wacom pen -- that would be clunky to do on a notebook. This is why Wacom makes digitizer tablets, Cintiq, etc.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I agree for the most part..others will after Applee releases a bigger iPhone.

3. Jason2k13

Posts: 1451; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I mainly just use my galaxy tablet at home, in bed or when i travel. The rest is using my phone.

4. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

If you'd ask me, another factor is it's because people already with tablets are content with their old ones and less likely to pull the trigger if a new version comes out. Having a functional unit is enough which performs the basics. It's not like a smartphone where people can brandish them for having the latest. Tablets don't get that same effect. But hey... who's asking me? no one! :D

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

took my wife 3 years to upgrade from her original ipad

32. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

My wife still had the first ipad. And still long thinking to replace it. It is only for the ios version update. I still use (or not so big time) the nexus 7 2012. My daily driver is the S4 and is enough for all activities.

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

tablets without true multi screen functions are useless (which is a pain to do on smartphones), glad I have my Tab Pro 8.4 with me all the time When I browse the web, there is always a video that plays in the background and this has become a habit of mine lately so, yeah, cant live without tablets

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Yup can't live without my tab pro 8.4 either.....now my laptop's collecting dust somewhere 0_0

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

TabPro 8.4 is a great tablet -- perhaps the best tablet ever made so far.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I have ALWAYS been saying that there is NO reason to buy a tablet!

44. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Well, not absolutely no reason. For instance, I got the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition to use in class. I literally dont use paper anymore. All my notes are digitalized and synced to a cloud if my data ever gets corrupted. So, there are some logical reasons

47. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I would get a ultrabook for that. Doesn't take any more space in the bag, much more functionality and a nice keyboard.

52. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

your preference still doesn't nullify his reason the table is a pretty good interface for making hand written notes and drawings

8. J1919

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Interesting arcticle. Personally, while I can see the appeal of a Tablet I just don't think it makes any sense. I'd honestly prefer just having a big phone (no more than 6 inches though, I feel like the LG G3 might be perfect depending) and a Notebook.

9. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I've been trying to find many reasons to purchasing a tablet, but I can see myself leaving it tucked away in the drawer. A 5-inch smartphone and a laptop work best for me. I haven't found a middle ground between them for a tablet.

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I enjoy using my 7" tablet. What I use it for: - manga (I don't like zooming in and out and moving around all the time when reading manga, and that's what happens on a phone, including the Galaxy Mega 6.3) - anime - books - browsing - gaming Sure it's unnecessary. It's not like I cannot live through a day without using a tablet. But hey, it does a lot better than smaller devices, especially the 4.5" or smaller smartphones. Why compromise when you have the extra money for it? xD A little bit off topic, but 10" tablets are not for me at all. Too big, and too heavy for a "mobile" device. I rarely use it on the go because it's just... inconvenient. Besides, holding up a 10" tablet while taking a dump feels very uncomfortable. And when I'm uncomfortable, I cannot take a dump. * (I just sold my 10" Asus tf300t a few weeks ago and bought a Kindle Fire HDX.)

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ok, does your tablet make phone calls? Why own a tablet and a smartphone, when they can become one?

18. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

well it depends on the user. personally i like my phones to be phones. mainly for calling and texting. i'm not even install any games on my phones. while i do browse the internet using my phone i prefer to do it on my 7 inch tablet. for android gaming i do it all on my tablet. and for sure i don't want 7 inch phone like asus fone pad. even 6 inch is still too big for me for a phone.

19. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Well, I had the Galaxy Mega 6.3 for a few months. So yeah, it was the "they can become one" to me, as my 10" tablet gathered dust during the whole time. And no, I don't even need my tablet to take phone calls. 7" is too big as a phone to me, and it would never fit comfortably in my pocket (my Mega 6.3 did). I want my phone to sit comfortable in my pocket and to be ready for me to pull out any time I get a call. I've also mentioned what I used my tablet for. Watching anime is much better on a bigger display (and I stop at 7" cuz bigger tablets are too heavy --> uncomfortable to hold). Browsing the web on a 7" is also a lot better than on anything smaller than that. As for manga, I dare anyone to enjoy manga on a 5" or smaller smartphone, lol. It's just... no good. So now I'm back to where I was over a year ago, a small/average size smartphone with a 7" tablet (I had the Nexus 7 2012). It just works for me. :D

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My Samsung galaxy 7.7 and 12.2 do make phone call and its equip with multi sim so I can use ussd code to determine whether my phone or my tablet receive the call. yes! I am geek.

59. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

My G Pad and S4 mini. Perfect tablet size and perfect phone size = best combination ever. LOL

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I use my tablet more than my notebook pc. I read a lot in bed. Anyway to each their own I guess.

15. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I do the same

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The same thing I can say about smart watches...redundant tech. A seven inch screen smartphone does everything I need to do. Why spend extra cash for redundant tech?

20. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

A smart watch is definitely not redundant tech, but whether or not it will appeal to the masses is yet to be determined. There are certainly specific uses for them for instance smart watches could cause the phasing out of GPS watches such as the garmin (forerunners), and polar brands. It also makes simple tasks such as checking the weather, or who that text was from a bit more convenient.

25. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I'm one of the ones who is not convinced that a smartwatch isn't exactly like 3D television, i.e. technology looking for a real market need and failing to find one. I find it's relatively easy to check the weather -- look outside. What's on my phone or tablet is rarely more accurate than what's outside :)

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I watching my upcoming spider man in 3D. People here are very opinionated.
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