Well based upon how past Blackberry new products have been less than stellar in operational quality and reliability, I don't expect this pad to have a large impact in the tablet area in the new future. It appears to take 2 - 3 years for all of the hardware and software bugs to be worked out before they have a competitive product. They have corporate name recognition just as Apple has consumer name recognition, but this time there will be many more players and having a big name may not be that important.
The more I hear the more I wonder if RIM got it figured out okay. Specifically, the Playbook is designed, it seems, to pair via Bluetooth to a BlackBerry... then what is available on the Blackberry is available on the Playbook *and* the Playbook can access 3G content via the Blackberry. The model seems intreguing to me.
Yup. As Warren pointed out , the biggest disappointment was lack of 3G internet access. Since its a new OS, it should have some virtualization based support for old blackberry apps. Also a dual mode display with PixelQi/Eink display mode, to be able to read ebooks in direct sunlight. Handwriting recognition, Voice recognition,Dock & external keyboard will also be nice.
"Differentiation in the tablet market will soon become intensely difficult as a variety of similar-looking slates hit the market with common operating platforms and services,” said Kevin Burden, director of mobile device research of ABI Research.
Blackberry certainly didn't fall in line. OK, the looks are similar but the operating platform sure isn't and the services aren't either... that the Playbook doesn't launch with 3G is, to me, a huge surprise and seems quite problematic.
I agree with Luis and Mark. 1. It should have had stylus input an handwriting recognition capabilities great for several biz apps. 2. It should have been called Blackberry Slate and be a true Blackberry able to run Blackberry apps as the iPad runs iPhone apps.
They would have called it blackberry slate as mark said. The wide spread name of black berry will bring them more customers from the already existing black berry user base. The front side camera capability certainly looks good for the video conferencing applications. If we add feature like wireless video transfer capability from tablet to directly into the LCD TV's will definitely become a selling point.