Yesterday YouTuber Marques K. Brownlee posted his latest video, positing that tablets are a dying product category. According to MKBHD—backed up by an article I found from the International Business Times—worldwide tablet sales were down 20% in Q3 2015 from the previous year.
An obvious reason for this is that phones have become phablets, so there’s less of a need for bigger screens. Another is that tablets aren’t so much mobile as they are immobilizing—most tablets end up using an external fixed source for Internet and pretty much every tablet requires you to stop whatever else you’re doing and operate it with both hands.
But tablets are far from dead. And I’ve got proof.
First, though, here’s MKBHD’s video:
And now, some evidence that tablets have some life in them yet…
Though available in very limited quantities, Nokia’s Android-powered tablet is doing quite well in China, selling out in each of its four Xiaomi-style flash sales.
A little hometown pride here… Mississauga-based DataWind announced just yesterday that it’s opening a second factory in India to build cheap Android tablets for the Indian market. Not the kind of cheap tablet that you’d find in the bargain bin at your local Wal-Mart, but the kind you’d find deployed across schools in developing nations.
Also announced yesterday was the world’s first Ubuntu-powered tablet—which also happens to run as a full desktop computer when connected to an external monitor. This feature is called Convergence, and is very much like Microsoft’s Continuum—except I’m pretty sure that Ubuntu came up with the idea first.
With these three examples in mind, what do you think? Are tablets still dead?