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Sheetal.Pandey
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Tablet growth slowing
Sheetal.Pandey   1/30/2014 8:03:08 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. But if want to keep your phone as only for talking and need something handy to carry out all networking stuff,chatting, browsing, watch movies and so on...its nice to have a tablet. Its so comfortable to carry along when traveling. But yes a consumer has so many options these days, its a tough market.

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Re: Tablet growth slowing
goafrit   1/30/2014 9:44:00 AM
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It is possible that Lenovo has a seer that has told them to double down on laptop. It is possible this tablet exuberance will fade soon.

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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....

Anand.Yaligar
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Re: Tablet growth slowing
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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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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Accelerated commoditization
resistion   1/30/2014 10:11:04 AM
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Probably too many types of products spanning from smartphones to notebooks, they're all starting to encroach and cannibalize one another and accelerating the commoditization across the board. Consumers are now expecting all electronic products, and even the software or apps they're loaded with, to be commodities.

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Smartphone enough for most needs
Les_Slater   1/30/2014 10:14:40 AM
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I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab with Verizon 3G quite a while back. When I got my HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon LTE, I found I was using the tablet a lot less, gave the Tab away. Now I have Nokia 928 Windows phone. There's even less need for a tablet since I can sync Office with my Windows 8.1 desktop.

I've considered having a higher resolution, maybe 10" Windows 8 Tablet running on Intel. But keep considering my usage needs and find it difficult to justify a tablet. Might consider a 1920 x 1080 phablet running Windows 8 on Intel. Not sure if Windows phone OS will presently support both phone and full tablet features though.


For serious on the road work I got an old laptop. It still works. If I feel the need to upgrade I would probably go with an Ultrabook, or maybe a convertible when the market sorts out the form factors.

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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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Re: Smartphone enough for most needs
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: 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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Re : Tablet Growth Slowing, Says IDC
Anand.Yaligar   1/30/2014 10:32:13 AM
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Although tablet sales are still rising, their heady rate of growth is expected to slow significantly especially as markets saturate in developed countries such as the US

Am curious to know what will be the rate of growth in developing nations ? What should the companies like Apple do to beat this slowdown.

zewde yeraswork
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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.

junko.yoshida
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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: 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.

Les_Slater
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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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