iFad? Tablet sales have declined.

Sales for tablets were down 5 percent over the last year, signaling a slowdown for even the most popular of tablets, Apple's iPad, the NPD Group said Wednesday.

This is the first time that sales of these mobile devices are down, according to the research firm. Shipments declined to 56.3 million units in the first quarter of this year from 59 million units in the same period in 2013.

Tablet sales slow for first time, down 5 percent

The iPad was launched about 4 years ago. Tablet sales declining this soon is a strong indication that tablets are a fad.

Large smartphones and PMPs could easily kill off the tablet or reduce tablets to a niche product.

The iPod Touch is basically an iPhone without the phone feature. So, it's likely Apple will produce a 5.5" iPod Touch this year that will be similar to their 5.5" iPhone. This will be preferable to a lot of people (including me) to the iPad mini. An actual big iPod Touch could kill the product people jokingly called "a big iPod Touch."

Can any of you give a good reason why people need tablets instead of large smartphones or large PMPs?