10 Reasons Tablets Could Just Be A Fad

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    Don Reisinger

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They Aren't SmartphonesTablets mimic smartphones in several ways, but they fall short when compared to those mobile devices. Handsets have the same operating systems, more applications – and let you make phone calls. Smartphones have the luxury of lasting a long time, but tablets, who knows?
Tablets are everywhere these days. From Apple's market-leading iPad 2 to Research In Motion's BlackBerry Playbook to HP's TouchPad to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, there are a host of products on store shelves right now that are appealing to consumers and enterprise users alike. And if analyst reports on shipments are to be believed, tablets will continue to be on consumers' minds as the market evolves and ever more vendors get into the game. But what if, after the next few years of strong growth, tablet popularity starts to fizzle? Sure, it doesn't seem all that likely right now as vendors scramble to bring new products to market, but as with anything else, tablets have the potential to become little more than a fad that died off rather unceremoniously. (Remember netbooks?) Many will argue that tablets are more than just the next MySpace – a hot new thing that winds up being a has-been before its first decade is out – but further inspection reveals that tablets, while wildly popular, might not always stay the blockbuster, game-changing mobile devices that they are considered today. Flip through the following slides to find out why.
This article was originally published on 2011-08-18
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.