RIM BlackBerry PlayBook hits shelves today

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook hits shelves today

The BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM's long-awaited 7-inch tablet running the QNX-based BlackBerry TabletOS, hits shelves today in the U.S. and Canada, with prices startingfrom $499 for the most basic 16GB model and reaching $699 for a 64gig version. This will buy you a Wi-Fi version of the tablet, while WWAN models supporting different carriers' 4Gnetworks 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 wasavailable everywhere, so you shouldn't have trouble finding it.

The device marks RIM's entry into the tabletspace, but with a 7-inch screen it's not a direct competitor to theiPad 2, but rather a differently positioned tablet. RIM aims to target it at the business user, butweirdly enough, the PlayBook comes with no built-in email app.Overall, the PlayBook leaves a raw aftertaste as the software doesn'tseem quite out of beta, but on the flipside RIM loyalists will behappy to see BlackBerry Bridge on board allowing them to connecttheir 'Berries to the PlayBook. Overall, it's a controversial device, but ifyou're still hesitating feel free to check out our in-depth review of the tablet, which should answer all your questions!

source: Reuters

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1. cheetah2k

Posts: 2269; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Indepth review.... pffffft. Loads of praise, and then.. Bam... The iPhail juices kicked in to give it a resounding 7/10...

3. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Great, I need a new gadget to not check my email.

4. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook hits shelves today Should read more like "RIM BlackBerry Playbook Sits on Shelves today" Anyway... I am starting to get a little excited for what the playbook can really offer. This devise should focuse 100% of its attention to the current BlackBerry user... The business user ... I can totaly see myself using this device for secure email (haha) and making presentations. Unfortunately, I still think its a complete joke that a devie that should have a secure email client doesnt. I also think is BS that I need to have another BB devise to sync. Right now this devise isnt going to sell more then 50k units but I can totally see it being a great devise in the immediate future.

5. beer unregistered

Ok dude, seriously. Learn to spell. You "devise" a plan. Your blackberry is a "device".

7. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Yawn... Seriously, does my misspelled word really bug you that much? If so I think you had one too many beers and someone needs to be cutoff.

9. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

His spelling looks fine to me. Can't say so much for yours.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

"Email free Blackberry hits stores today!!" :) I mean seriously.. WTH!!?!? no email! lol.. on a blackberry!!?!?

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2269; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

POP email is so 1999. I mean come on! How many of you out there don't have a Yahoo, Gmail, Lycos, Facebook or Hotmail account????? For those that don't, better get into the 21st Century folks! LOL

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I dont remember people doing all this complaining about when Apple released the Ipod back in 2001 or whatever it was about the fact that they were releasing a product that was not their normal type of products. Sometimes you have to buck the trend to remain relevant in the market. This is one of blackberry's attempts at this, whether it will succeed or fail remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, if it dose fail, it will likely be because of people complaining about a WIFI ONLY tablet at this time not having a BUILT IN EMAIL CLIENT. Are you going to tether yourself to a wifi hotspot at all times and use this as your only way of checking email instead of a laptop or smartphone? No? Then why is it such a big deal? And this is for multimedia, not business. The blackberry bridge is the only indication of any real business use on this.

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