It was certainly a mistake for them to get into the tablet market. At this point it seems as though almost everyone is coming out with new tablets and they just dont seem to be able to compete with some of these larger companies.
Well... RIM does have a bit of trouble with their Tablet but I wouldn't believe it unless the software upgrade they put out turns out to be disappointing.
I'll wait until it gets confirmed or not. This RIM tablet does seem to be trouble but they are putting their all in it.
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While I would agree that the Playbook has been in trouble from the get go. I wonder if they are cutting production of the Playbook to ramp up efforts for a second gen model Playbook 2.0 with all the problems fixed.
A good possibility, rumors had been going in that direction before they cut production. Though the new pricing has yet to be wide spread and you have to watch out as some mix it up a bit to promote their own wares. Like Office Depot makes you get a store gift card instead of getting the full discounted price. Similarly Staples gives you a mail in rebate for a $100 debit card instead of giving you the full discount up front.
In my area only Best Buy and Office Max give the full discount up front and supplies are either back order or low for them.
While the 2.0 software update should fix many of the problems in the existing model, the ability to run Android apps appears pretty limited and RIM has yet to really flesh out its own App market.
They could also do with some better accessories... HDMI port works well for example but they don't have a dock that lets you easily connect it.
While the lack of a memory card reader means you rely on internal memory. So they should make it easier to browse network storage. Right now the file managers only let you browse internal memory and Blackberry Bridge if you have a Blackberry connected. So that needs to be expanded quite a bit as well.
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