Here’s a question: when was the last time you used your tablet? A lot of you will lower your head in shame and whisper under your breath, “I don’t remember.” The truth is that tablets are not in a good position in the least bit. Based on a recent report, sales of tablets is down double digits, and this is a trend that’s been doing on for the past five years. While no one would like to see this market fizz out completely, it seems that a recent pair of smartphones may be the last straw for tablets.
It’s all about space; not physical space, but space in the market. For a while, you had your smartphone for communication and recreational activity, and then you had your computer for heavy, work related stuff. Tablets carved their own space in between computers and smartphones, being sort of the best of both worlds. Tablets had the portability of smartphones, and the real estate of computers for work, and there was space for all three markets. But smartphones started getting bigger, and computers started getting smaller; this began to squeeze the tablet market a bit. Then, much to the dread of tablets, came the phablet. Offering big screens that could still fit the pocket, this market started growing between the phone market and the tablet market, and boy did it grow. It began pushing more and more on the tablet market. But what does this have to do with the Galaxy S8+ and LG G6?
Not only are these two devices phablets, but there’s a certain trend setting mentality about these devices that could mean certain doom for tablets. More than most, these two phone lines fixate on bringing bigger screes to even smaller bodies. The phablet market had some growing pains when it first began to emerge. These phones had big screen, but big bodies to match, making them less than ideal for many people. LG and Samsung managed to successfully fit larger than life screen in to phones that honestly feel small. What makes this devastating to tablets is the fact that this is something that’s going to become a trend, fitting near tablet sized screens into barely phablet sized bodies. One of the themes for 2017 is going to be big screens with small bodies. This covers media consumption and work, as these device are more convenient to maneuver. Why take out your tablet to type up an email or enjoy some Netflix when you can just take out your phone? This means that phablets are imposing that much more into the tablet territory, and when more phones with large displays and small bodies hit the shelves, it’ll possibly be the last mummer we hear from the tablet market. OEM’s will see no need to launch a tablet along with their smartphone if people are going to opt for the phone and not even consider the tablet.
Will this mean that every single manufacturer will stop making tablets? No, there will still be some smaller companies producing tablets, but this will be a sign that the market is moving onto bigger and better things; and that may start with making bigger things smaller.
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