BlackBerry CEO claims tablets will be pointless in 5 years

April 30, 2013
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Today some comments are being thrown around by the CEO over at BlackBerry, formerly RIM, about the current and future state of tablets. To quickly sum it up, Thorsten Heins just doesn't really like tablets. Which was pretty evident with their attempts at the segment with the PlayBook piggybacking off of Android. However, he goes on to talk about all tablets in general, and their future.

During an interview yesterday evening with Bloomberg, Heins goes on to talk about tablets claiming that their time is running out, and goes as far as to say they'll be completely useless in 5 years. Maybe there is still some resentment from their failed tablet, or this is just his honest opinion.

"In five years I don’t think there will be a reason to have a tablet anymore"

Perhaps he should be worried about BlackBerry smartphones in general for the next 5 years, and not the current state of the increasingly popular tablet - mainly Android tablets. But we won't get into that. He goes on to mention that tablets in general aren't a good business model, and we won't be using their screen real estate too much in the future.

With smartphones getting more and more powerful, the point of using our smartphone for everything does make sense, but we have a feeling tablets will play a role for longer than 5 years. In classrooms, people on the go, and of course our living rooms. With Android tablets continuing to improve sales numbers and be on the rise, I think he might be off-base a bit.

In the end the Blackberry CEO gives you RIM fans some hope, saying that tablets aren't necessarily off the table for BlackBerry. Whatever that means. Maybe we'll see one, maybe we won't. In the meantime enjoy that Nexus 7 or Galaxy Note 10 folks!

[via SlashGear]


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  • http://twitter.com/aenima777 Turk February

    Lol , now there is no doubt they will fail.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/hemanta.rai3 Hemanta Rai

    I must agree due to the increasing size if the phones,,

    • afadfa

      Nah, phones will probably stop at 5″. Unless they’re gonna adjust the sizes again, making 6″ or 5.5″ a phone instead of a phablet, 7″ or 8″ a phablet instead of a tablet, and 10″ becomes the usual average size for tablets. You can’t call a 5.5″ S5 a phone while still call a 5.5″ Note 2 a phablet

  • Christopher Robert

    Does anyone believe anything that blackberry says anymore?

    Has anyone held a Z10? It feels and looks like a Fischer Price toy. I actually laughed when I picked it up. I thought it was just a display model not the full working model. Turns out i was wrong, I was actually holding the crappiest made phone I had ever held.

    It will be nice in 5 years when we can stop seeing BB in the news, because they won’t exist.

  • rich_bown

    Yeah because devices with large displays that can show lots of information like TVs or tablets just aren’t useful. And why have a small portable internet enabled screen? What’s the point games aren’t fun, movies and TV isn’t entertaining, reading books , magazines or comics is just dull! Lol seriously even if wearable tech really takes off tablets and phones will dominate over other devices. There’s just no way you’ll read a book using glass or a smart watch! I think this shows just how far BlackBerry are off the pulse.

  • symbolset

    Somebody just buy this guy a Nexus 10 already, so he can find out what he’s talking about.

  • Alan

    Bitter much?

  • Andrew

    In 5 months, I don’t think there will be a reason to have a BlackBerry anymore.

    • Mash Ortega

      Thine words have proven eerily prophetic.

      • Andrew

        The oracle has spoken!

  • crazypony

    Oh ok. One moment while I try to find a f*ck to give about what anybody at RIM has to say.

    Nope, I got nothing.