For the past couple of months, the Blackberry PlayBook tablet has received tons of pre-launch hype because of its dramatic uniqueness. It is smaller than its rival iPad2 and Xoom, having only a 7 inch screen, and is lighter by half. It touts some stout hardware, including high definition video, 2 HD cameras, a mini-HDMI for HDTV connectivity, and Wi-Fi media sharing. It also features side loading via a USB port rather than interface syncing and the ability to display Adobe Flash files.
However, some critics have stated that the lack of calendar functions, email, and contacts in the PlayBook is a serious downside. It also does not have its own 3G connection, making Wi-Fi availability a must in order to access the web.
Although the tablet is work in progress, promising apps to come, including Twitter, FaceBook, video conferencing, and Android app usability, it was met with a successful launch. The first day out, the PlayBook sold nearly 50,000 units. Critics are touting it as a successful launch, considering the negative reviews the tablet has received.
Some believe that RIM would have done better if they had waited a few more months and taken the time to develop the apps more thoroughly. With the promised improvements and coming apps RIM is planning for the PlayBook, it’s possible that many consumers are simply waiting out the updates.