BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said the following in a recent interview:

In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.

But of course, what would BlackBerry know about a good business model?

  • Well that was a short post lol. How long till BB goes under for good? I vote one year

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Haha i know right? I kept clicking the title thinking the page wasn’t loaded. lol

    • @dongiuj

      Sometime within 5 years?

    • iospixel

      They won’t go under for good. Research in Motion will continue to try and innovate and end up being a company that sells technologies to competitors in order for them to use them or keep them off the market. For me that’s the only viable business model they’ve got. There handsets just can’t be taken seriously.

  • Within 5 yrs imagine our phones having an adjustable screen size which turns to a tablet.

    • Yeah, apple had some patents lately letting us predict this. Also reformable screens, ect.

    • I thought of that a couple months ago. Too bad I can’t design it.

    • There are an apple patent iOS totally in 3D may be in the incoming years we could have.

  • Well, there’s definitely no reason to have a BlackBerry anymore.

  • In 5 years I don’t think there will be a reason to have a BlackBerry anymore.

    • imot65

      what’s a blackberry???

      • Joe Bobbiins

        Oh, a blackberry is a type of fruit. Nothing else haha just kidding

    • Gorgonphone

      there is no reason now…. you should not even use that word unless you are talking about food

  • He is confusing tablets with blackberry

  • Klikkit

    5 years ago there was no reason to have a BlackBerry. Today there is no reason to have a BlackBerry. Wonder if Heins would have said this had the PlayBook actually achieved anything?

  • Boss

    He don’t know the diffidence between a tablet and PlayBook>?

  • Tablets are a horrible business model, yes. Apple’s success is a fluke. #WhatAnIgnorantFool

  • You mad BlackBarry? Not even 5% of market share…
    The question is…
    Tablets will became useless or will be the next gen potable computer?

  • Al

    Not sure what he’s thinking… No wonder BB has been nearly irrelevant in the mobile race.. these type of comments coming from their leadership.. SMH

  • In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have Blackberry anymore

  • Hahahahaha! Unless the world is ending then that dude is an idiot!

  • He probably had seen Total Recall (2012) to often… but we will see if Google Glasses will do then

  • I knew that BB CEO was delusional, but this is getting embarrassing.

  • Oh good. I was getting tired of having to take this blood pressure and sciatica pills.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I agree. Android phones will keep growing in size till they become tablets. Pfff.

    • *Phablets

      • Mohammed Sahib

        No. If the stupid size war continues, they’ll reach true tablet size (7″+) in 3-4 years, seeing how smasung, HTC, sony and Hawauei’s flagship phones grow 1″ every 2 years.

    • they make android tablets… so tf? and producers are going to make what consumers want. Consumers want larger screens.

  • Gorgonphone

    i hope in 5 years laptops become full featured computers that run all desktop applications and have the ability to drive massive monitors and external keyboards..

  • I’ve never had a reason to buy a dumb down tablet; that’s just a sub part of my PC and would require me to keep using my PC to get non-consumption tasks done. On the other hand, a full fledged PC in tablet form is a different story….

    • smtp25

      Entertainment. movies, games, ‘newspapers’, etc

      • ….are all examples of consumption tasks that I’ve always been able to do on a PC since the XP days.

      • Tablets give you a far more better experience like for
        Say my imac is turned on and is to my left but im typing this on my ipad

      • i can do that on pc, with a wireless keyboard and my pc(= i dont need a $600 remote with similar media capabilites to my pc with less features. so i dont see your point.

      • What you said made no sense omg i said ik what you can do on a pc its better ina tablet oh amd try taking your pc to the park goodbye.

      • Lol, get better english comprehension, cause I clearly understood what he meant on first read…

        BTW, when I say PC, I’m not referring to just a Desktop, incase you didn’t know, a Laptop/MacBook is also a PC (Personal Computer). What you described as better experience has always been possible on my 2008 HP Laptop (a mobile PC), so, still not sure what your point is.

    • iospixel

      I agree with you to an extent. For me a tablet is still an entertainment device. For true productivity I would need true multitasking. Even when mobile.

      I imagine MS Surfaces and the like are mediocre. I didn’t bother checking them out…

      • I’m using a Surface Pro right now and haven’t turned to my old PC over the past 6 weeks, other than to transfer old data to my Surface Pro.

        I’ll admit it’s not perfect/ideal (nothing man-made is); it’s had some software/driver issues here and there, but those usually get fixed via Windows Updates…

  • charliered

    Wow this CEO is lost no tablets? Hahahahhahah

  • charliered

    The best who use or still clicking on little keyboards that 1970 old school

  • Winski

    Spring must have come early in Ottawa and brought a new, MUCH STRONGER strain of weed to the market… Thorsten has either had a public brain fart that has seriously damaged his ability to think, OR he’s polishing his Steve Bomber Junior material for a new comedy shop in Canada… Either would partially explain this blistering loss of perspective IN ONE DAY!!


  • felixtaf

    Soon the same idiots will release a BB10 powered tablet…. #morons!

  • Steven Melton

    This just shows why Blackberry is hurting so bad right now. The people at the top making the decisions aren’t very smart with current and upcoming trends. They no longer know what sells anymore and just rode off the success of their one and only product.

  • Liam Mulcahy


  • In a different article about the same post by Wired UK. The BB CEO actually thinks that BB will be back on top and hammering every other competitor. Anyone want to sign a petition to vote his stupid ass into an insane asylum? Haha

    • maybe he knows something we dont, as most CEO’s do compared too consumers. Time will tell.

  • sleeperjoe

    WTF? Seriously Heinsy? AGAIN with this?

    I’m sending my résumé to BlackBerry. My cover letter will simply state “Less Stupid than Thorsten Heins”. Should be a shoe in for the job.

    If this guy can be a CEO then anyone can.

  • Ernie Marin

    Why do you guys even bother posting news about BB?

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  • RV

    Why are you talking about a fruit guys. Lol

  • “what would BlackBerry know about a good business model?” Did you seriously just say that? China’s government just bough millions and millions of BB, they run your dam government too and where the only phone found in the cooperate world for years… but what would they know about business their only a billion dollar business running other businesses.