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"I had many grazing encounters with the Newton. Back in the Dynabook design days I had determined pretty carefully that, while you could do a very good character recognizer, you still needed a keyboard. Apple Marketing did not want a keyboard because they feared it would then compete with the Mac." - Alan Kay

Sounds a lot like Innovator's Dilemma in action. And we know what happened to the Newton in the end...
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Resistance to 7" tablets was probably for similar reasons ... it competes with the larger iPad and smaller iPhone devices at the same time, if you really want to you can get along with just a 7" instead of both a large tablet and a small phone
 
In the end there are no phones any longer. Just tablets of different sizes, from tabletop (iPad, Surface) to pocketable (what we call smartphones)
 
The only dedicated device I see holding its place is an eReader - theoretically a tablet is good enough for the purpose, but sunlight readability and multi-day battery life have their advantages...
 
Hmm... I feel a blog post coming up ;-)
 
e-paper will be on tablets soon enough. Yes I know refresh rate — but I've read about a great solution to that, which is putting an OLED layer (which is essentially transparent when off) on top of the e-paper. Then convergence is complete. Battery life is still an issue though... this has other implications that would extend it, but still not quite reach ereader levels.

Actually strangely enough I think dumbphones will still have a (niche) place for quite some time. Cheap devices with batteries lasting many days are a good thing to have in many situations.
 
+Lalo Martins sure, I see the point of a dumbphone for emergencies, like when your motorcycle breaks down in the middle of nowhere. I still have my Finnish SIM on such a device (a small Symbian phone) for those few people who are stuck to using obsolete, non-IP-based communication methods ;-)

Though nowadays +Ingress makes me keep an external battery with me, so I can keep my "pocketable tablet" running for couple of days easily...
 
yeah I bought one of those too, for FedCon :-) turns out my pocket tablet lasts less than 8h if I'm using its camera and twitter...
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