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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.