John G. Spooner and Mary Jo Foley report that some analysts are cutting their forecasts for Tablet PC shipments. Basically, they have given up hope that Tablet PCs will break into the mainstream and they are relegating them to a niche market.
One can argue at length why Tablets aren’t catching on, but Nathan Weinberg points out something that’s got to be a problem:
I’ve been itching to try out a Tablet for a while, and might have thought to buy one when I bought my new laptop weeks ago, but I’ve never had a chance to try one out. See, no matter which store I went to, their Tablet unit was broken and missing the stylus.
James Kendrick points out another problem in Open letter to Microsoft- re: Tablet PC recovery problems, although it isn’t unique to Tablets.
Update: David Coursey has some thoughts on the forecasts.