The BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM's long-awaited 7-inch tablet running the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet
OS, hits shelves today in the U.S. and Canada, with prices starting
from $499 for the most basic 16GB model and reaching $699 for a 64
gig version. This will buy you a Wi-Fi version of the tablet, while WWAN models supporting different carriers' 4G
networks are expected to come out soon as well. We checked our local Best Buy stores –
one of the locations where you can find the tablet – and it was
available everywhere, so you shouldn't have trouble finding it.
The device marks RIM's entry into the tablet space, but with a 7-inch screen it's not a direct competitor to the iPad 2, but rather a differently positioned tablet. RIM aims to target it at the business user, but weirdly enough, the PlayBook comes with no built-in email app. Overall, the PlayBook leaves a raw aftertaste as the software doesn't seem quite out of beta, but on the flipside RIM loyalists will be happy to see BlackBerry Bridge on board allowing them to connect their 'Berries to the PlayBook. Overall, it's a controversial device, but if you're still hesitating feel free to check out our in-depth review of the tablet, which should answer all your questions!