2011 is set to be a big year for tablet devices, but could tablets replace smartphones as the number one mobile device? Stephen Bates, RIM’s UK MD, seems to think so.
Speaking this morning at a seminar in London Bates said the following, according to Tech-Radar:
“We’re all now used to having smartphones and the instantaneous appeal of social interaction, but now we’re looking for more from our devices – more media and more consumption.”
He added, “”Demand is being met by smartphones for now, but the form factor isn’t ideal.
“We’re going to see a change in behaviour; the tablet is going to come in as a media device and we’re going to see the smartphone drifting back to pure communications.”
Really, Mr. Bates?
So, in a nutshell, this is how RIM sees the future: Phones for social networking, texting and calling and tablets for media, video, books and web browsing.
However, there is an alternative – you could just get a phone, like the Galaxy S II or the Motorola Atrix, that does it all. Simple.