BlackBerry CEO Says Tablets Will Be Obsolete in Five Years

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He may be right, but I don't see touch screen devices going away any time soon. The newest Windows 8 devices all seem to be a combination of a laptop with a full keyboard and a tablet.
Also, he may be wrong: it isn't like Blackberry is very good at predicting what consumers want. Plus, Apple and their customers don't seem to think that the tablet is simply going to disappear in 5 years.


Jul 6, 2006
I regret buying mine. Want my 350$ back...
Useless expensive TOY.
Can't really do anything productive by touch, too slow to be a gaming platform, the screen is too small (yeah, 10" is small!) for relaxed internet navigation or movie watching.
I happen to agree with this guy, tablets will eventually die, maybe not in 5 years but they will. StarTrek is wrong, tablets are not the answer.
Something like the Occulus Rift for gaming/movies or Google Glass (voice commands) for internet, that might be interesting !


May 25, 2010
Well, I guess he would know, Blackberry was obsolete 5 years ago.
Lol your view is only on the consumer market Blackberry dominated the Enterprise market only now they are getting competetion with android & apple only now they are getting a piece of the Enterprise market pie


Oct 3, 2008
Laptops and tablets are going to become one. Convertibles, hybrids, call them whatever you want. Now if he means that, OK, nothing new here. He is not predicting the future, he is just describing what you can already see today. If he thinks that tablets are going to vanish like netbooks, then he is wrong. Totally.


Jan 7, 2013
You regret buying yours because you failed to understand what tablets are for.
Not a single company, but maybe Apple, ever stated that a tablet is a good product for anything productive. It is not a gaming platform either. Yes mobile games are popular, but they don't make tablets for that purpose in mind.
Tablets are one of the best way to consume media of all type. Ebooks, newspapers, emails, movies, videos. It's nothing vital, but it's a great buy when you want to bring everything you normal do at the same place. For someone like me that read books and newspapers every mornings and afternoons in the metro or train while going to work, this is a blessing.
If 10 inche is too small for you, while this is totaly subjective and I respect that you might not like it, it's more than enough for most of people, I personally have a Nexus7, and it's just the perfect size for me. I suspect you are the type of guy to have a 60'' TV in his 6 feet long living room ;).
For gaming, I hardly see how the Occulus Rift would ever replace the tablet?! Most people play mobile games when they aren't home. Do you plan on bringing a VR headset in the bus? In a waiting room? Must be very conveniant to put the set on and lose contact with the whole world when you are in a public place. Google Glass is good, but hardly fills anything from the tablet. You can't consume media on glasses, at least, not as efficiently.


Dec 2, 2009
"Tablets are one of the best way to consume media of all type. Ebooks, newspapers, emails, movies, videos."
Yeah, can't count the number of times I have been sitting on the couch with my girls watching a movie on my large plasma TV and thought to myself: "I wish we were cramped around a little ipad watching this on a 10" screen until the battery dies."
And I can't count the number of times I have sat at my computer with a real keyboard and mouse responding to email after email and thought to myself: "A smaller screen, cut in half by a virtual keyboard would make me ten times more productive than this crap."
Or reading a book on my kindle...
Whatever. Tablets are a compromise from every direction. I think what he might mean is that in a few generations of mobiles, they will have the horse power to do a lot of what a computer does and you won't really need a tablet in between.
If you read "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, you will see the phenomenal potential that tablets have. Not everyone needs one, but for some people it can be quite a capable device. I also agree with the sentiment that it is a good [visual] media consumption device. The space taken up by a row of bookshelves can now be tossed into a briefcase.


Aug 20, 2010
Thorsten Heins has not proven himself to be 'trustworthy' as CEO of BlackBerry. Any predictions he makes should be taken with a grain of salt.


Feb 25, 2011
Well, i have similar thoughts. Once hybrids/ultrabooks become good enough for content consumption and production (i.e. don't sacrifice performance yet deliver 12 hours of content consumption, are light-weight, etc) tablets will become increasingly obsolete.
The post-PC era will arive via core PC companies (Nvidia/Intel/AMD/Mobo manufacturers, case designers, storage companies, etc), not content consumption devices.
Hell, i wonder if IBM starts the next era of personal computing. That would be sort of cool.


Sep 16, 2010
Interesting that this is coming from a company that sold 5 tablets. Denial! I liked BB but for the last few years BB is better at bashing other brands accomplishments than putting out innovative products.
The tablet as it stands today will be useless in 5 years. It's really just this smartphone-laptop tweener device that's inferior to both at what they do. Apart from the novelty, I can't think of a reason why I'd want one.
Having said that, in 5 years, they'll probably be able to make a tablet way more powerful and useful, and also less expensive. Maybe not a tablet as we know it today, but something like it could have a use.


Jun 4, 2012
And touchscreens are a fad, everyone needs a keyboard
And markets to sell apps are useless because no one will develop for them
And Smartphones are for business types only
Blackberry's been behind the curve since 2000, that's why there back to being a niche player


[quotemsg=10744489,0,463569]Well, i have similar thoughts. Once hybrids/ultrabooks become good enough for content consumption and production (i.e. don't sacrifice performance yet deliver 12 hours of content consumption, are light-weight, etc) tablets will become increasingly obsolete.[/quotemsg]
The 'tablet' is just a form factor. If tablet-form-factor PCs become powerful enough to replace laptops/ultrabooks/PCs for most productivity tasks, they would still technically be tablets: self-contained, self-powered CPU and display with touch control capability.

What you are writing about is not obsolescence but convergence (PCs invading the tablet form factor) and that is the logical next step now that x86 power requirements have dropped enough to make it happen. For people who still have doubts, Broadwell will probably make this painfully obvious.
While I agree with him that tablets SHOULD be gone, and see tablets as just about the most pointless thing we've made to date, I doubt they will be, because most people don't know what they're getting into.
That being said, I wish the hype about tablets and phones being 'just as powerful' as a computer or powerful enough to do whatever they can do would end. It's wrong, and it's misleading, and people are making important decisions based on it.
The only time I use my tablet (a Lenovo) is to read stuff or check some web sites (e.g. Tom's) while in a waiting room. It's useful in that capacity; I could see getting more books and/or magazines for it. I don't expect it (or anything in that form factor, however powerful) to become a primary computing / gaming device.
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