File this under the “The Tablet has failed” catch phrase

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While reading over some reviews of the new Samgung Q1 UMPC, Warner notices that reviewers often can’t resist the urge to take a jab at the success of the Tablet PC:

“In the I’m not surprised category, both reviews have to walk down memory lane with the obligatory Tablet PC failed to catch fire story line. I’m telling you this has become boilerplate language for these articles”

OK, let’s finally admit it. Let’s get it out of our systems. Let’s all stand in line and chant in unison: “the Tablet PC is a failure.” Once more now, this time with a drone that would make a Robot proud: “The Tablet PC is a failure.”

Whew, doesn’t that feel better?

At I’m guessing a market size around $2.25 billion (1.5 million Tablets times $1500 each) achieved in the three years that Tablets have been sold, I can see how they have a point here. Oh, and the fact that Tablets are actually having an impact on schools and how teachers can share and exchange notes, work assignments, and the like with their students, that’s no big deal either. If only schools would go back to the way we all learned. Pen and paper please. More pen and paper, thank you very much. And finally, I completely get their point when they remind us that Tablets tomorrow are going to be much better than the ones today. Yes, they have a point. It makes it so clear that Tablets so far are a failure.

You know what though? This is exactly why I keep writing software for Tablets. There is so much more to do and I can’t help but be inspired by what is yet to be. Yes, I learn a lot from my “failures.” Always have. Always will.

1 COMMENT

  1. Hi,

    You say “the fact that Tablets are actually having an impact on schools and how teachers can share and exchange notes, work assignments, and the like with their students”.

    Can you give an example of a school or schools where teachers are actively using tablet pcs as part of their daily workflow? How does it compare to the one-to-one initiatives from Dell or Apple?

    Jason.