Here's Why Tablets Will Replace the Smartphone

iPhone and iPad displayed at the 50th Milan International Furniture Fair on April 12, 2011. Photograph by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

I’m sure to get the “you’re off your rocker” commentary on this one, but I make a living by looking ahead in the world of mobile technology. And what I see now is a trend I have watched build for nearly half a dozen years. Thanks to the pace of mobile-network expansion, new audio and video technologies, the expansion of Wi-Fi, and more-capable hardware that runs longer on a single charge, I expect the tablet to begin replacing the smartphone within the next half a dozen years. There, I said it.

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