As stated in an article by Seth G. Macy:
Market research firm International Data Corporation has lowered its 2014 worldwide tablet and 2-in-1 forecast from 260.9 million units to 245.4 million. The new forecast shows a 12.1% year-over-year growth, a significant drop from the year-over-year growth rate of 2013, which was 51.8%.
As it turns out, people are keeping their tablets for a lot longer than manufacturers thought and tablet demand dropping rapidly. It’s just not an item that needs to be upgraded very often. With the rapid change in technology, I even know a lot of people that rather buy a tablet second hand. My first tablet was actually purchased 3 years ago and i have not needed a new one yet.
Tablets are great tools for sitting around and reading articles and playing games… maybe checking an email here and there; but I’ve never used one for productivity reasons, they are just to limited to actually use to create content. I’ve had my tablet for about 3 years and I have not felt the need to upgrade it at all.
Seth also makes the point of Phablets (even though he hates the word) why not have a bigger screen on your phone that can take calls and provide the function of a tablet.
Maybe tablets are just a really long fad that is about ready to die out? Only time will tell.
How long have you had your tablet?