Best Buy Sees "Crashing" Tablet Sales

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CaptainFabulous

The only reason tablets have any foothold at all in the market is due to Apple creating a product that no one asked for or wanted and had no compelling reason to own, except of course that it was made by Apple.

And now that the frenzy has died down and most people who own tablets realize they have a very limited usefulness and are not worth replacing with new models the ecosystem is crashing. People will use the tablets they have until they die and either go on without one or find a dirt cheap or used model to replace it.

They were never a viable long-term product, and I've said this since the beginning.

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sladeofdark

I want the Galaxy Tab S for my next car deck replacement project. But the price point does not make sense for the lack of hardware features. No USB 3? less than 64gig of ram?

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John Pombrio

I wonder how well a tablet permanently mounted in a car would fare? Clever idea tho! I might try it with my old Kindle Fire.

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Rift2

What you need is a Intel 2 in 1 =) Laptop that covert into a Tablet magnetic swivel do daads Ferris wheel forms in detachable and covertable designs.

Me = Brainwashed by Intel =)

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I wouldn't say they were following a money trail, because the money wasn't there, obviously. They were following the hype, lead by Microsoft and others. Netbooks, anyone?

Marketing < Engineering & Design

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maxeeemum

Looks like we're in the post tablet era! You know tablets are going away! Just face it!

We just went through the post PC era and look the PC is nearly gone.

Just look at the pattern. The smartphone is next! Soon the internet will be next!

You know tech is really just a fad!

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fung0

"Post tablet era" - I love it. Revenge is sweet.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

+1

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DanielPatterson

Until we learn how to be as productive on tablets as we are using the traditional keyboard and mouse. The desktop will always have its place.

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fung0

I love my PC. I love my tablet. But they fill very different needs. I don't think there's any activity I do on both...

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Who wants to trade a 32" work monitor for a 7" one? Seriously! Unless you are away from your desk, you want that extra comfort, convenience, and power.

Who was the marketing genius that decided the entire world stopped using desks and chairs?

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Innomasta

Thank the Kindle. People are also realizing their 400 dollar tablets are failing within 2 years thanks to their shitty Micro USB charge ports and non repairability while their friends happily plod along on similarly priced laptops.

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fung0

$400 is not nearly cheap enough - and there are lots of iPads selling at $500 and up! That's just stupid. Tablets only make sense if they're almost disposable.

I bought a $150 ASUS for my wife - she loves it, and I envy it. It's a great little device: nice display, faster than my older Samsung, very portable, and does all the things it needs to do (mainly reading e-books). And if it breaks, nobody is going to be broken-hearted.

I'm looking forward to seeing them under $99... Then we'll see a "tablet revivial" - only nobody will care, because the windfall profits will have evaporated.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

+1 :)

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paschal

I have a Samsung Tab2 7" which, by most standards is now an antique. However there is no good reason to upgrade it, as it is a niche product with a niche use to me. The 32 gig memory card can hold many compressed movies, lots of music, and tons of videos converted to mp4 and run them easily. This fills idle time well while sitting in doctor offices and places where you have to sit and wait for extended periods of time. In an airport or whatever, the advantage over a laptop is being able to shut it down and toss it in the laptop bag in seconds vs fiddling with a laptop for minutes putting it away properly. When I bought it, I looked at it as an entertainment toy for unavoidable idle time without having to use public wi-fi which is the value I place on it....If I need real productivity, out comes the SSD driven I-5 2.6 - 3.2 GHZ hyperthreaded laptop.

The tablet will be fine until the nefarious malware, adware, virus, and the new form of cookie monster creators have their way with tablets as with PC's where CPU horsepower will have to increase exponentially just to run the apps that will be needed to clean up behind those aholes. Maybe I should not have said that. I just told the tablet makers how to increase sales.

Remember when the same companies that sold radar gear to the police sold detectors to the public? At least it was a great rumor.

I think that the next great wave of technology that should hit and it is not new technology should look much like this......Make a Windows tablet that runs and charges like a droid tablet on USB five volts that I can run all my apps with 250 gigs of storage and a 64/128 gig expansion slot and HDMI output and USB input for a mega battery (such as the 18 amp external USB five volt units that I use). Make a base keyboard to turn it into a true laptop. (with a built in battery as the tablet) Inside that base keyboard put an SSD slot that I can put a 500 to 1 TB SSD Drive and an additional 64/128 card storage slot. Again a USB input for Mega 5 Volt battery and an HDMI output. This is modular and a lot of pieces. Nevertheless it allows the user the freedom to dictate their own needs and replace or upgrade parts as needed. Special software to offload files to a home server or NAS would be a requirement.

OK maybe far fetched, but even at that, I would not pay much over $1,000 for it. My modded laptop runs Windows 8.1 has a 250 gig SSD and a 2.6-3.2 ghz hyperthreaded dual core I-5 3230 CPU, 8 gigs of RAM.....and I have a server and other PC's to dump files. My total investment in this modded laptop was just a bit over $500 about a year ago, and should serve well for the next couple of years.

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fung0

Ironically, "multifunction" devices tend to fit NARROWER usage niches. Nobody dines with a spork, unless they're exploring the wilds of Patagonia.

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btdog

About a year ago, I came to the realization that tablets were not going to be a viable option. Sure, there will be niche market that will survive, but like many other products, tablets had to be created so that the consumer could figure out exactly what they want.

Up until the advent of the tablet, phones were on a mission to get smaller. Remember the SNL skit where Will Farrel is using the microscopic phone? Then tablets arrived and people realized bigger isn't necessarily bad. Phones made a reverse course and suddenly we had "Phablets," phones that were basically mini tablets. Consumers had a choice: a tablet that was able to perform its functions (and do them well), or a phone that was slightly smaller and able to do the same functions WITH a phone. Consumers answered.

Personally, I would like to see a 7" tablet with a bluetooth phone option. While better, the keyboards are still too tiny for me. But I must be an anomaly.

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BlazePC

Tablet devices have made their statement and secured their space.
What is happening now is simply called market saturation.
And large phones and more-capable notebooks (as the coverage points out...) are ABSOLUTELY big contributors to the tablet slump.

The infatuation and fascination for tablets is waning because there is no compelling case to keep upgrading ...

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Sir Hobbes3

I'm not surprised at all. Tablets are very limited in what they do. Especially when the people using them aren't very technology oriented anyways.
Here's a story for you:
My friend's cousin works at a Best Buy. One day this lady comes in and asks him where the iPads are at. So, wanting to show her the other tablets asks: "Would you like to look at some of our other tablets first, then go look at the iPads?" and the lady responds with "What's a tablet?"

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John Pombrio

These are the last customers in a sales curve. The curve is an s shape with long tails, the vertical axis being the number sold and the x axis time. At first, only early adopters buy the product at an inflated cost and half baked hardware and software, next comes the steep growth curve for main adopters. Finally, it is the Luddites who are always late to the party that do the last purchases at the top of the sales curve. With trendy products, there is a steep drop in sales added later.

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LatiosXT

I think this has less to do with the lack of capability a tablet can do and more like "Everyone and their grandmother, dog, and rock has a tablet".

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Mediziner

Don't forget their mothers!

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SliceAndDice

I just played around with ASUSs Padphone earlier today and I have to say it might just be the future. If Microsoft follows suit and puts Windows 9 on a phone that plugs into a tablet and becomes a PC I'd pick one up in a heartbeat. I got a bigger phone a couple years ago to scratch my tablet itch but a phone that becomes a tablet would be a nice step up.

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John Pombrio

Absolutely no surprise to me. Between the limitations of a tablet and the number of companies that jumped into that market, there inevitably had be a crash. I am surprised they lasted as long as they did. I wonder how the time-frame of the boom and bust compares to ,say, the netbook?

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LatiosXT

Technically Netbooks are making a comeback. $300 Chromebooks and Intel Baytrail based convertibles are becoming the rage now.

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Spiral01

Interesting question! I vaguely remember Netbooks being sold. The time period was definitely shorter then that of the tablet. But check this out, by the time the netbook all but vanished from retailers, I actually needed one and found them on EBay and one , the one I actually own, at a local store that sells used Laptops/Netbooks and new Cell Phones, go figure. It is actually quite handy and every one at work was asking what it was and how I got a laptop so small. This told me right away, that Netbooks came and went faster then water that falls from the sky in a desert.