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BlackBerry CEO: The Tablet Market Will be Dead in 5 Years

BlackBerry CEO: The Tablet Market Will be Dead in 5 Years

In an apparent attempt to make their own failed PlayBook tablet seem less embarrassing, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins recently commented that he believes tablets will be a dead market in just 5 years, noting that they are “not a good business model.”

Blackberry PlayBook

From Bloomberg:

“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins said in an interview yesterday at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

Just because the BlackBerry PlayBook wasn’t a good model (in fact, an abysmal failure in terms of sales and critical response) doesn’t mean ALL tablets are a failure. I’d love to see Mr. Heins tell Tim Cook to his face that the iPad isn’t a good model.

Nice try, Mr. Heins – but your failure does not equate to a failure of the entire tablet market. But you keep on telling yourself whatever makes you feel better at night.

  1. Actually, it depends on what is the use of the tablet. For example, a tablet is still too slow and could remain like that when using (Excel) worksheets. It’s too slow when compared to a keyboard and a mouse.

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