The Inevitable Slow-Motion Death of the Tablet PC
So what's really kept the Tablet back? Two things: cost of manufacture - those big touch screens are expensive to build, and if you have a swing-style screen with a keyboard attached it's even pricier - plus the fact that we're all keyboardists now. Who writes with a pen in the office? We may learn to at school, but even today's primary school children are more familiar with a keyboard than a fountain pen.
More likely to have an impact are the small touchscreen internet devices like the iPhone and Blackberry Storm. Those are going to outstrip Tablet PC sales in pure volume - and possibly even revenue - very quickly.
The Tablet? It isn't RIP. But it's certainly never going to be the noise Bill Gates thought. (Source: Charles Arthur, Guardian.co.uk Technology Blog)
Chris De Herrera