RIM: tablets will reduce smartphones to “pure communications” devices

RIM: tablets will reduce smartphones to “pure communications” devicesSpeaking at a seminar in London this morning, Stephen Bates, RIM’s UK MD, has suggested that tablets will become dominant as media devices, while phones will primarily be used for calls, texts, and a spot of social networking.

Of course, there are scores of tablets on the horizon, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Motorola Xoom (already available in the States), the HTC Flyer, something called the iPad 2, and Blackberry’s own PlayBook. But we’re not convinced.

Bates claims: "We're going to see a change in behaviour; the tablet is going to come in as a media device and we're going to see the smartphone drifting back to pure communications." Hmm.

"Demand is being met by smartphones for now, but the form factor isn't ideal.”

I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’m quite content with my “form factor”, thank you very much. I still don’t understand why I, as the owner of a smartphone and a laptop, need a tablet.

Am I missing something?

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mcmike22  Dec. 13, 2011 at 17:22

Because tablets are lighter and smaller than laptops. I would much rather take a tablet on an airplane than a laptop. And smartphones have too small a screen to really watch a movie or the like.


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