The Market Ticker – Heins Wild Call On Tablets (He’s Right, By The Way)
Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:49
(Before It's News)
Thorston Heins said this the other day:
“In five years I don't think there will be a reason to have a tablet anymore.”
The people who took shots at him in this regard are small-minded idiots — he's right.
Consider this folks — why do you have a tablet today, if you have bought one?
You have one because your smart phone's screen is too small.
The computing power of the phone is equal (and in some cases the capability greater) than the tablet. Having another device is just plain stupid, unless you're the guy selling it, in which case you're patting yourself on the back for stroking people off to get them to blow money unnecessarily.
Do you buy a new computer because you want a larger monitor on your desktop?
Now take that nice Z-10 you have (you did buy one, right?) and notice the HDMI jack. If you plug it into your 60″ projection TV, what happens?
Did the light bulb come on in your cranium yet?
Why not have your computer in your pocket and have the screen as just a peripheral that can talk to it when required? There are already open specifications for this and we can define a few more if we need to; hell, WiFi is more than up to the bandwidth requirements and the phone already has that in it. Now the screen costs $100 or $200 instead of a $500 tablet, it's smaller and lighter than the existing tablets (since it doesn't duplicate the rest of what's in the phone) and it works with the other devices you already have.
That would be smart.
It also appears to be what BlackBerry has in mind, which would be a true revolution in how we think of mobile computing.
Incidentally, they're already moving this way. The Z-10 (and Q-10) make the phone's filesystem transparently available from your computer whenever it's in range of the same WiFi connection, along with both Dropbox and Box integration. The next software release (10.1) works both ways and allows you to see your computer's files from the phone via a built-in VPN-style tunnel that can be configured to work on Wifi only or also over the cellular network. Now you have your own private cloud! All of these show up transparently in the phone's file browser just like an attached disk on your desktop.
Instead of owning a laptop, a phone and a tablet the model appears to be you own a smartphone and a handful of peripherals for each situation where you need them. The processing, storage and central communication capabilities are in the single device (your “smartphone”) which goes anywhere you go. The rest are where you need them and because they are peripherals they are both easily replaced as needs change and are inexpensive as well.
I'll be damned, a new idea that actually advances how we use computing instead of simply saying “well, we'll introduce a 5″ screen phone! No, a 6″! I know, I know, we'll do a 7″ and 10″ tablet!”
Those who panned Heins for this have it exactly backward — or are shills for firms like Apple that could have realized this years ago but lacked the vision to do so.
Incidentally, QNX's device abstraction layer makes implementing this easier than it is for the big monolithic kernel guys (that would be everyone else, by the way.)
Those who are incapable of innovation often pan those who are doing exactly that right up until their lunch gets eaten.
Thorsten Heins is hungry and if you're one of his competitors it appears you may well be what's on the menu.
I just got my new BMW with QNX technology. Unbelievable stuff. I ask the lady at the dealership why it did not allowed the download of Apple iTunes to the beemers harddrive and she said that BMW was not willing to pay Apple so they will not support it. Only BlackBerry and Android phones are supported by QNX (now BlackBerry)
Take that one step farther and plug your phone into a docking hub at home or at work which has mutiple USB sockets and gee whiz now you have a computer with mouse, keyboard and monitor plugged in! All you need now is storage and access and will be in the clouds at your provider - oh maybe that would be another service provided by BBRY? Anywhere you go just plug in your phone for full blown computer capabilities!
brightstar, I'm already experiencing this great new world of Mobile Computing that Heins is envisioning. My Z10 is connected to my Samsung 65" SmartTV via Wi-Fi with my Fiber Optics Internet connection (I have also connected it via a mini HDMI cable as well but it rocks via Wi-Fi). Withing a minute, my Z10 has made my $4,000 Samsung SmartTV into a dump terminal. I wrote about this bright new world in another post.
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HDMI is definitely cool to drive a big screen. I am actually using a 22" monitor now with my Z10.
Going forward, wireless screen sharing with a smarter than monitor but dumber than a smart phone screen will be a reality.
BBM screen sharing is here today! Shorts will have no idea what I'm talking about as they don't own a BlackBerry. They all ought to buy a BlackBerry so they know what they are bashing.
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Can we mark this post for future amusement? I will file it next to the threads agreeing with Baldsillie that apps are a fad and threads praising Lazaridis for saying that keyboards are what business's users would always need.
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Sentiment: Strong Buy