When tablets first became popular, they were very different from the other devices everyone is familiar with: phones and laptops. They were much more portable and responsive than laptops, but a lot bigger and easier to use for media consumption than a small smartphone.
Today, that’s changed. A large-screened smartphone with a robust battery has become an acceptable place to watch a Netflix show or catch up on the day’s news, and a lightweight, portable laptop is often not much larger than the average tablet.
Another reason why demand for tablets is going down comes down to the question of how many devices a person really want to own, maintain, and carry around. If a gadget user wants one device in their pocket and one in their work bag, then the tablet is probably the first to get the axe
A laptop is a fully-featured device that can run resource-intensive software, enable users to create and edit documents with its full keyboard, and take full advantage of everything the internet has to offer. A smartphone, particularly one with a large screen, works great for staying in touch with friends and co-workers, reading or watching videos on the subway, and staying plugged in email accounts everywhere. But a tablet’s place in the lineup is less obvious. It can’t do everything that the first two devices can, and there probably isn’t anything unique that it brings to the table, either.
Additionally, users should always consider how they are going to carry a new device if their idea is that they will always have it with them. A smartphone fits easily and comfortably into most pockets, which makes it easy to have at all times. But everyone probably don’t carry their laptop around with them everywhere, since doing so requires carrying a bag. A tablet falls somewhere between; it probably won’t fit in a pocket, but carrying an entire laptop bag just to tote a tablet around will probably feel cumbersome. Tablets are portable, but not portable enough to justify the fact that they don’t do much more than a smartphone.
Even if a user know that their tablet doesn’t do anything unique, but they like the form factor of a tablet, that still isn’t a reason to buy a new tablet. There are plenty of 2-in-1 or hybrid laptops, which feature detachable keyboards (or keyboards that can be folded back under the screen) that may be a little bulkier than a traditional tablet, but offer a considerable amount of power and versatility. These devices are streamlined enough to be portable, but flexible and full-featured enough to maximize productivity.
The basic norm appears to be like this: "if you don't know what a tablet is for, you probably don't need one." Adding another device to existing lineup isn’t going to make things more efficient, and if the apps aren't good enough, a tablet isn't going to be all that useful in taking over tasks users can complete on their phones or laptops.