Nvidia Shield 2 tablet is CANCELLED!! The tablet market is pretty much DEAD!!! :( :(

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ShaunAFC3, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. ShaunAFC3, Aug 13, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2016

    ShaunAFC3 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2016
    There is pretty much another nail in the coffin for the declining tablet market and perhaps we will never ever see a successor to the Shield K1 tablet after all. :(


    I am very very sad that that tablet market is dying and will pretty much be non existent and dead in about 5 years time just like the netbooks. :( :(

    I really love tablets especially the iPads and definitely prefer using tablets as my computer then a laptop but I don't want to think that I am going have to use a laptop again in 5 years time because I really really hate using laptops, tablets are perfect for me!!

    The tablet market is pretty much DEAD!! :(

    So people What do you think about tablets like the iPads and Pixel C?? Do you still like and use tablets?? And Do you think tablets are dying and will be non existent and dead in about 5 years just like the netbooks?? I really hope not but it is looking that way at the moment with the tablets sales/shipments and growth declining badly!! :( :(

  2. willmtaylor, Aug 13, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2016

    willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    RIP NVIDIA Shield? Yes.
    RIP all tablets? No.
  3. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Apple is making a huge amount of money from iPads, they're not going to abandon them.
  4. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Tablets aren't dead...they just don't have the insane growth the smartphone industry experienced because 1) their life cycle is far closer to that of laptops/desktops and 2) they still aren't essential items. I spend far more time doing work on my 12.9" iPad Pro now that I do on my Mac. My kids' school requires all kids to have an iPad for their classwork (yes, I know, not necessarily the norm) and nearly all my kids and their friends prefer using their iPads. This generation of kids is growing up with tablets. You know how many times my kids have trying interaction with our computers by touching the screen? ;) I'm not saying they're going to outright replace traditional laptops or desktops but I still think we're slowing moving in that direction.

    Now the Android tablet market is essential dead in it's current existence but if Google doesn't screw it up, the introduction of the ability to run Android apps in Chrome OS could be a huge progression. I'd personally love an iPad Pro/Surface Pro 4 style device (a really well built version---not a P.O.S like so many current Chromebooks) running Chrome OS that could also run native Android Apps. The Pixel C could be exceptional if it ran Chrome OS/Android apps. As an Android only tablet, it's lackluster.
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Android tablets are dead. Until Google figures out how to fuse ChromeOS and Android in a tablet form factor, there likely won't be a strong android tablet offering.
  6. Klyster macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2013
    I use my tablet every night, problem is there's no better alternative for me so won't purchase a new one.
    I have a Tab S 10.5 I use for watching TV/Movies streaming or on SD.
    I'd buy a new Tablet tomorrow if it were better for media consumption but there isn't one.

    In that sense, I agree with the opinion that a tablet life cycle is naturally longer.
  7. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    People are beginning to realize they can't replace their laptop entirely. iPads are limited. They are fine if you want to do very basic word processing, spreadsheets, email, web.

    Even ordering take out on an iPad can be painful, if the website hasn't been optimized.

    A few years time tablets will be better, but today... limited. They are only PC replacements for the people who don't require much functionality.

    Alternatively, we could find that tablets somehow merge with laptops... think microsoft surface. That would of course force Apple to make significant changes to iOS.
  8. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Tablets are on the way out. They will be replaced by 2 in 1 options that have hybrid capabilities. Think the new Chromebooks with Chrome OS, but can utilize Android apps. And it is just a matter of time before Apple moves into a complete hybrid category (the iPad Pro was just a beginning).
  9. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Nvidia Shield lives on inside the Nintendo NX. I'm sure nvidia will sell more tegra parts inside it than they ever did in the shield alone.
  10. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Android tablets sure seem dead - I'm still hoping there will be a successor to the Nexus 7. Hopefully chrome OS will come to tablets too. Full chrome extension support would be nice. I'm not a phablet person so tablets have a nice use case for me.

    Still use my iPad air everyday, my favorite computing device, though I will probably get a mini next time, when force touch comes around. They are just fun to use. Have no desire for the pro features like keyboard and pencil.
  11. cube, Aug 14, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016

    cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    I am still waiting for a non-Windows replacement of the Galaxy Tab/Note 12.2.

    Even if the hardware has been quite crappy. I will probably buy an iPad Pro 13" when it finishes dying.

    And I am still waiting for Marshmallow for it and my Note 3.

    I already had an S4 die twice.

    It is a disgrace.
  12. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    That's what gets me about the premise of this topic. The Shield barely sold, but somehow it means tablets are dying. Even if the NX only sold as many as the Wii U? Still likely more than all Shield tablets.
  13. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Exactly, I've told myself, my next tablet is not going to be a tablet, but a Chromebook flip. But I want to wait for a better spec version than whats currently available. From the countless reviews I've watched, multi-tasking is it's huge weak spot.
  14. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I'd wait for the Pixel 3 if I were you. Google has been doing well in the hardware design game recently. And if the Pixel 2 is any indication, it's going to have good specs and a really nice screen.
  15. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The Android tablet market is dead, but i'll say it again: Until Google figures out the ChromeOS/Android integration method, the Chromebook is a weak laptop and the Pixel C is a poor tablet experience.

    The Google Tablet experience is bad because Google has failed at it, plain and simple.
  16. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    My four year old Nook HD still plays YouTube\Netflix videos perfectly and can browse the web, albeit slowly. If it were a phone it would be horrible, but as a media\game device it's been passed from me to my sister to my nephew and is still used all the time. Tablets just don't have the year to year upgrade market of smartphones(though I'm predicting that will go away too as even a few year old Snapdragon 400 is fine for most people), doesn't mean they're necessarily dead.
  17. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    That's a good point. The life of these tablets are long because they essentially exist to do one or two things that don't require a great deal of processing power.

    My iPad Mini has 1 GB of RAM. If it were a laptop, or maybe even a phone, I wouldn't be able to tolerate the tab refresh. But because it's an iPad, I use it for watching movies, and a bunch of other non-multitasking features. And it's an iPad, so the build quality is solid. Other than the small size, I see no reason to replace my iPad Mini 2 and there's nothing in the pipeline that is driving me to upgrade.
  18. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    Tegra successor will likely be in the NX, at least if the Pascal-based Tegra murmurs are true....

    Hot Chips is coming up. We shall see what happens.
  19. mi7chy, Aug 14, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    It's a natural evolution for the phablet to kill off the tablet. It just happened sooner with Android since Android phablets have been around much longer. Same thing is happening to the iPad and more so if Apple ever releases an iPhone like the Galaxy Note that will cannibalize the iPP. Most people only carry a phablet and a Surface Pro/Book type of device. Nobody hauls around three devices especially if they have to frequently pass through airport security.
  20. Naramis macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2013
    I'm still rocking my iPad Air 1, don't intend to replace it anytime soon. I'll be sad if tablets die; Android tablets certainly have died, let's see how the iPad fares..
    The idea of using only one device, a phablet, was enticing for me, which is why I got a Note 4 a couple of years ago, but it just couldn't replace a tablet. It was too cumbersome for my pockets and not comfortable for long reading sessions, so I switched to an iPhone 6s.
    The iPad is still the best device for reading books, PDF articles and textbooks; I wouldn't study nearly as much if I didn't have it
  21. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    This post is correct. 2 in 1 where it can be setup as a laptop and can be detached as a tablet is the future. Asus has been on this 3-4 years ago.

    Most people saying Android tablets are dead could be eating crow within a year. Android tablets won't die with foldable displays. Samsung to the rescue. But 2 in 1 hybrids are the future since you get a tablet/laptop rolled into one. Tablets with attachable keyboards. The foldables will just trim down the form factor as a tablet.

    Most people here saying Android tablets are dead and iPads still rocks don't have any clue or anticipation on how the future will play out. A 2 in 1 is still more useful than a giant iPod touch called an iPad. Wait when these tablets become foldable while Apple is stuck with "9.7 to "12+ screen iPads that takes up way too much space.

    Most people who had already seen the YOUM announcement back in CES 2013 already is anticipating foldable displays. What they showed 3.5 years ago is essentially the features the Galaxy S6 edge had last year.


  22. ShaunAFC3 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2016
    So what I am getting on this thread is that tablets are dying and will disappear just like netbooks.

    That makes me very very sad. :( :(

    There is definitely NO reason that tablets should go away!!!
  23. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    There are a few people here who have no clue what they're talking about. The tablet market will not disappear. The console market hasn't disappeared and they sell fewer than Apple sells iPads.

    And consoles are cheaper at that.
  24. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    I have a iPad Air 2 and Apple has given me no major reason to replace it. If anything if I get the iPhone 7 Plus or Note 7 to compliment my iPhone SE I'm selling my iPad and won't buy another.

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