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The first version of PlayBook (RIMM -11%) won't have cellular capability. To use WiFi for Web...

The first version of PlayBook (RIMM -11%) won't have cellular capability. To use WiFi for Web access, users will need to connect the Playbook to their BlackBerry to read e-mail delivered from BlackBerry servers. It will technically be able to run Android (GOOG) apps, but not before a complicated process - and even then, they might not work well. RIM thinks this is going to compete with iPad (AAPL)?
Comments (9)
  • Ah, the next PALM - executing just as brillantly!
    25 Mar 2011, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • Way too little; way too late.
    25 Mar 2011, 07:06 PM Reply Like
  • Right! Asleep at the switch thinking the "crack-berry" would keep addicts forever in the face of more attractive devices -- arrogance trashes another once brilliant company.
    27 Mar 2011, 10:07 AM Reply Like
  • I agree 100%. They don't have a chance against iPad. The 3G capability is stellar.
    26 Mar 2011, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • Apple addicts are too blinded by headlines. RIMM is growing by 80% outside North America where 70% of their revenue comes from. It is not RIM vs Apple. Everyone's got a tablet coming out.
    28 Mar 2011, 12:54 AM Reply Like
  • Yeah, why would you want to tether to a 3/4G phone and use your existing data plan when you can pay extra for the 3/4G modem version of a tablet and then pay for a second data plan... which will cost you as much as the tablet in little over a year?
    For the same money you could opt for just the wifi version, tether for internet when wifis not available, and buy a new tablet every 18mo and probably still be ahead of the game $ wise.

     

    Based on RIMM's actual performance and continued growth and strong profits I don't see them going anywhere anytime soon.

     

    In many area's the Playbook does outshine the ipad... superior OS, slick UI, portable formfactor, flash (which allows you to run MANY things in the browser that the ipad needs an app for).
    17 Apr 2011, 01:18 AM Reply Like
  • www.theglobeandmail.co.../

     

    Fairly concise article there. On the one hand it is disappointing that they released this without completely finished software. While there is already one e-mail solution coming out at the launch on 19 April, it is a third party development. I can see the point that early adopters will account for some sales, which might be a better choice than to wait even more months.

     

    However, I think Gartner Group projections are probably right on this one, in that the PlayBook will only gather up about 10% of tablet market share after a few years. That's not bad, and does mean profits, since 10% of a tablet market is better than not being in the game at all. I don't think that is enough to affect earnings much, so I would not expect an upside to share price just on the PlayBook.

     

    Where Research in Motion (RIMM) need to move next is updating their phones. Keep supplying updates of the phones people like now, but then bring in something at the higher end. Smart phones in general still lag "dumb"phones on overall volume, but media and consumer attention is focused on the high end. If they can bring out a top of the line BlackBerry available on more than one carrier in North America, and have it work as cleanly or better than the iPhone or any Android phone, then they can get more positive attention. Perception will drive share prices. Otherwise they need to make a deal to get Angry Birds on the BlackBerry.

     

    Disclosure: no position
    17 Apr 2011, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • The Playbook may have potential, but it's riddled with small, annoying errors that will make it a nightmare to use. The article goes over a few of them. Sure, no flash on the iPad, but you have a massive amount of user friendly resources and the device works with very little trouble. The Ritz Carleton has it figured out, you use iPad for the customers who want a usable device and then the Playbook for the staff who need security and also have an IT department to keep the thing running, because that is what you need with BlackBerry, an IT department.
    17 Apr 2011, 09:27 PM Reply Like
  • Let's wait until they actually manage to sell and deliver some of these things into consumers hands before getting too excited about the potential of an unproven product with many luke warm reviews.

     

    But in the meantime we can blame it all on an Apple conspiracy.
    18 Apr 2011, 02:42 AM Reply Like
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