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Here's Why Tablets Will Replace the Smartphone

iPhone and iPad displayed  at the 50th Milan International Furniture Fair on April 12, 2011.
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.

Hopefully you’re either done laughing at me or you’ve refrained from the “no way, you idiot!” comment and are still reading. Cool. Now I get a chance to explain my thoughts so we can have a useful conversation on the topic. We can agree to disagree, but there are a few reasons I see this happening.