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For as brilliant as Steve Jobs was at assessing the market place, he flat out missed the fact there exists a market for 7-inch tablets, so-called "tweener" devices, as he referred to them. Much of the appeal in the 7-inch category has to do with price, and if you're willing to shop recertified models, it gets even better. We stumbled upon a recertified BlackBerry Playbook selling for $119.99 on Daily Steals, a site we have no affiliation with, but one this editor has purchased from on several occasions. That's a pretty remarkable deal for a tablet that once sold for $500, albeit it was way overpriced... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you own a BlackBerry device? Anyone? Hello!? Oh wait, there's a hand in the back, and one more far off to the side. Now raise your hand if you own an Android or iOS device. Holy moley, that looks like everyone else, save for that crazy guy in the back flapping his arms yelling something about the Windows Phone platform. Wait a minute, is that Steve Ballmer? Ah, that explains it. And therein lies the problem for Research In Motion (and Microsoft, but that's a topic for a different story). BlackBerry is struggling to compete with Android and iOS, and as a result, there's... Read more...
When RIM fired its previous team of co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, but replaced them with quiet insider Thorsten Heins, there was concern that the latter was too closely wedded to RIM's old guard to be able to deliver the kind of change the company needs. That idea has just been chucked squarely out the window -- for better or worse, Thorsten has shown his commitment to revamping RIM, starting with some major housecleaning. Basillie, who had taken up a post on RIM's board, is altogether gone, as is the company's CTO, David Yach, and its COO, Jim Rowan. Their firings are just the flagship... Read more...
Research In Motion has reportedly trimmed its list of future BlackBerry 10 devices down to just a single handset, The upcoming device, BlackBerry London. Up until now, RIM was working on the BlackBerry Colt, which was supposed to be the first BlackBerry OS 10 device. Betting everything on just one handset is a risky move--the company is putting all its eggs in one basket--but it might be the correct one. In this case, software is far more important than hardware. RIM doesn't need to deliver best-in-class specs half so much as it needs an operating system and product strategy that get people excited... Read more...
RIM is in trouble after delays to its core products and upcoming BlackBerry OS 10 sent investors diving for cover. During the company's last conference call, its co-CEOs promised to investigate every possible option for improving RIM's market position while it works on the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS and tries to strengthen the appeal of the BlackBerry Playbook. Even so, news that Microsoft and Nokia considered a joint bid for the company comes as a surprise. The Wall Street Journal reports that the three companies discussed such a proposition but notes that the status of the talks "remains unclear."... Read more...
Research In Motion is writing the book on how not to compete with Apple's iPad. It's a three-step process that any tablet maker can follow, and it goes like this. Step 1: Launch an inferior tablet with missing features, but make sure they're big ones, like native email, contacts, and calendar support. Step 2: Promise an update is on the way and get everyone's hopes up. Step 3: Delay the update so that it won't arrive until more than a year after the tablet's release. Well, RIM just completed the third step today. "As much as we’d love to have it in your hands today, we’ve made the difficult... Read more...
Straight and to the point, if you're paying full price for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, you're paying too much. Don't worry, we're not about to wax critical about the tablet's lack of native email, calendar, and contacts support, all of which reportedly will be addressed in an update next month. The reason you shouldn't pay top dollar for a PlayBook is because it's on sale all over the place. If you head over to Staples, you'll find the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for $299 instead of $499. That includes $100 in instant savings, and another Benjamin in the form of a mail-in-rebate... Read more...
RIM has been struggling to catch a break for months but the negative reports show no sign of slowing. According to UK rag The Guardian, the company has slashed production of its seven-inch tablet due to an enormous backlog of unshipped hardware. This follows the company's admission last week that it shipped just 200,000 PlayBooks in Q2, down from 500K in Q1. If true, it would mean that RIM has more PlayBook's in inventory than it's managed to sell to date. Quantas, the company that actually manufacturers the PlayBook, has cut its staff from 2,000 to less than 1,000. Unidentified sources with the... Read more...
Research In Motion is learning a hard lesson in tablet sales. If you want to compete with Apple's iPad, you can't launch a half-baked slate and hope buyers will scoop up your product based on promise and potential. Yet that's exactly what RIM did when it launched its BlackBerry PlayBook, a nifty 7-inch tablet with a slick operating system, intuitive controls, awesome multitasking, and other high points, but missing critical features like native email and contacts support -- do'h! As a result, RIM only sold 200,000 PlayBook during the last quarter, a rather dismal number that in and of itself doesn't... Read more...
With a little more than a week's worth of sales figures to analyze, mega electronics retailer Best Buy said that BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC sales have so far been much higher than expected. Whether or not Best Buy is feigning surprise to boost consumer confidence is hard to tell since the chain didn't release any figures, but assuming Best Buy is being sincere, then it would appear that early mixed reviews haven't scared customers away from the PlayBook. "Best Buy has had great success selling BlackBerry smartphones in North America, so our sales expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were... Read more...
In this latest edition of "As the Tablet World Turns," Apple's iPad 2 announcement is immediately followed up by word of an imminent launch for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Boy Genius Report claims to have heard from "multiple sources" that RIM's first tablet will launch on April 10, 2011 in retail locations, while the OS will go Gold Master (GM) on March 31st. Interestingly enough, the first time you boot up the device, you'll be prompted to upgrade the OS, BGR says. This is all unofficial, of course, as RIM hasn't exactly been forthcoming about its PlayBook launch plans. However,... Read more...
What kind of topsy-turvy world would it be if Research In Motion (RIM) allowed BlackBerry devices to run Android applications? The awesome kind, that's what. More than just a pipe dream, Boy Genius Report insists such a future is possible, or so "multiple trusted sources" keep chirping in their ear. We already know RIM wants to get a Java virtual machine (VM) up and running on its upcoming PlayBook tablet -- the company has said as much -- but exactly which one it will use hasn't been decided. See where we're going here? According to BGR, RIM hasn't ruled out using the Dalvik VM, which is the same... Read more...
After reports surfaced that Research In Motion's upcoming PlayBook tablet might suffer from poor battery performance, RIM was quick to downplay the issue. According to RIM, any testing done on existing units were performed on pre-beta versions of the PlayBook, all of which didn't have any power management schemes built in. When the final product ships, battery life will be comparable to other tablets, RIM said. Sounds plausible, but according to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, it's still unlikely the PlayBook will offer "anywhere near the battery life of the iPad at 10 hours unless it uses a larger... Read more...
Good news if you're an AT&T subscriber planning on picking up a BlackBerry Torch for the holidays. The wireless carrier has gone and cut the price of Research In Motion's Torch device by 50 percent, presumably to make room for three new phones built around Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Platform, according to reports. "It's a promotion for the holiday season," AT&T spokeswoman Kate Tellier said. "It's usual to do this around the holidays." The BlackBerry Torch now runs $100 with a 2-year service contract, down from its initial selling price of $200 when it launched in August. Features include... Read more...
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