RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Starts Shipping

Know what today is? It's yet another busy Tuesday in the tech world, and part of that is due to Research In Motion shipping their first tablet. The QNX-based BlackBerry PlayBook has been in the works for months upon months. We've known about its existence since the end of last year, and with reviews just hitting the Web this week, it's now time for the public to get their hands on it. Many early critics found the PlayBook lacking in a few instances, namely, the omission of a dedicated e-mail client. As it stands, the PlayBook requires a BlackBerry link to get e-mail, but RIM has made clear that they'll be changing that soon.

Last-minute software updates were also coming hot and heavy, and early reports of sluggish sales can't be helping things. Analysts don't seem enthralled by the product, and while RIM's earnings have been up lately, it's the future that has Wall Street worried. Here's the question: did you line up to get a PlayBook today? How are you enjoying it, and how does it compare to the other tablets out there from Apple and Samsung?