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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook hits shelves today

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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook hits shelves today

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!

source: Reuters

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posted on 19 Apr 2011, 07:16 1

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Indepth review.... pffffft.

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

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 09:25

3. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

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

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 09:50

4. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 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.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 10:36 2

5. beer (unregistered)

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

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 11:07

7. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


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.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 16:10 1

9. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 10:48 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

"Email free Blackberry hits stores today!!" :)

I mean seriously.. WTH!!?!? no email! lol.. on a blackberry!!?!?

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 17:07 1

10. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 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

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 15:10 1

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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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