Acer’s Founder Not Confident In Long-term Success of Tablets

Acer founder Stan Shih with a convertible tablet PC

Acer founder Stan Shih with a convertible tablet PC

Ever since tablets started to get hot back in late 2010, thanks mainly to the Apple iPad, there has been a vocal group of tech industry executives/pundits/fans that have said tablets are nothing but a fad that will pass. Acer founder Stan Shih believes the same thing. Shih recently said that tablets are nothing but a ‘short-term phenomena’ in an interview with DigiTimes.

Why does Shih think they’re a fad? Well Shih didn’t thoroughly explain his stance in this interview. However other’s who held his main sentiment about the tablet market have given their reasons.

Most who doubt the tablets longevity state that the tablet currently isn’t as capable as a laptops or netbook that is either similarly priced or cheaper than a mainstream tablet. Others also say that the tablet markets success is more of an Apple success story than a tablet one, the iPad is viewed as being the only thing keeping tablets relevant.

However no matter how the skeptics feel it’s clear that tablets are going to keep coming for the forseeable future. Also tablets will be advancing as well, down the road tablets could easily eclipse laptops as the go to option for mobile computing.

At this time Acer Group Inc. offers their own group of tablets for consumers around the world. There is the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 an Android Honeycomb tablet, and there is the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab W500 a Windows 7 tablet PC. Down the road Acer will launch the 7-inch Acer Iconia Tab A100 an Android Honeycomb tablet.

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