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goafrit
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Re: Smartphone enough for most needs
goafrit   2/2/2014 10:11:08 PM
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>> Les, I agree the smartphone meets most of the same needs as the tablet 

Most times, I do not see the difference. Even in the apps that require big screens, the phones are good enough. Even for great marketing, I do not see the key need of the tablet sector

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AZskibum   1/31/2014 4:32:04 PM
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Les, I agree the smartphone meets most of the same needs as the tablet -- except those which really demand a larger screen. Most office apps are a bit too painful on the small smartphone screen, and creative apps like photo & video editing, while possible on a smartphone, really benefit from the tablet's larger screen.

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Re: The speed of satuation
Les_Slater   1/31/2014 1:26:54 PM
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The following might have some bearing on all this.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnwasik/2014/01/31/five-solid-reasons-google-dumped-motorola/

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Re: The speed of satuation
chanj0   1/30/2014 2:01:00 PM
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I found this very interesting too. Since the beginning of tablet, I have been trying to come up reasons to support the rate of growth. I believe price is one major factor. In addition, ease of use has contribute to better market penetration. Grandpa and grandma might have difficult time to learn how to use PC. They can use tablet to talk to their grandson with a few clicks. Availability of wide variety of apps of no or low cost is another factor. Competition that drives the price down is another. Last but not least, the social networking has a big factor to it. Checking your FB status through a tablet or smartphone takes a couple seconds to a minute. Doing the same thing through a PC, you will need to wait for the PC to power up which already takes 1 minute.


With the saturation, cost of tablet will be forced to come down even future. Now, the challenge is what is the next high value product that will attract enough people to open a new market.

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The speed of satuation
junko.yoshida   1/30/2014 12:20:28 PM
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The most interesting quote by the analyst I found in this story is this:

"It took many years in the PC market to see saturation which we've seen in the tablet market very rapidly,"

As much as we all enjoyed the new market (tablets) segment growing rapidly, this accelerated speed of saturation is definitely a concern.

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Re: Tablet growth slowing
zewde yeraswork   1/30/2014 11:22:47 AM
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Some might say that exuberance is already fading....

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Re: Re : Tablet Growth Slowing, Says IDC
zewde yeraswork   1/30/2014 11:19:55 AM
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Of course, this depends on how exactly one defines a developing country. But there is no specific figure in this particular report on the rate of growth ind eveloping coutnries. Needless to say, it is important for Apple to get its act together in the lower end of the market otherwise it could lose significant market share.

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Re: Tablet growth slowing
zewde yeraswork   1/30/2014 11:15:44 AM
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The need for tablets is declining as more and more devices populate the IT ecosystem. That said, it is increasingly--apparently--IT managers rather than consumers who are installing tablets in workplace environments. This suggests that there may be some area for growth outside of where tablets have succeeded to this point, which is with consumers.

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Re: Smartphone enough for most needs
Les_Slater   1/30/2014 10:39:52 AM
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I can imagine a phablet that could meet all my needs. If it could dock with a larger, higher resolution, monitor, a full keyboard and a mouse I would be happy. Cloud makes this all quite doable.

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Anand.Yaligar   1/30/2014 10:37:10 AM
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While tab is nice to have, its not necessary requirement, if you have a highend smartphone you dont need tab. 

@Sheetal, I agree with you. But many tablets can be easily converted to laptop by connecting external hardware keyboard. I think its better to invest in such tablets rater than buying laptop because you can use the same device as tablet and laptop.

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