Originally Posted by solipsism
I wish them well but I have yet to see a decent touchscreen device from the HW to the OS to the UI from RiM, so I’m not sure if they can make a passable tablet out of the gate.
Does free Blackberry tethering count? While I think this is a nice offer for people they really need to have a 3G version. Making your phone a hotspot for your tablet can be cumbersome and power draining. If this is for use with a business phone this could be a real issue for some.
Yeah, besides the price, and RIM not having made hardware+software devices bigger than smartphones, this was the other main thing I was thinking of. So the WiFi BlackPad is the same price as the iPad, and there's no 3G version you have to tether it when you're out and about.
Nonetheless I welcome more competitors to the space. It's only been, uh, almost 8 months since Apple fully announced and then shipped the iPad.
You all do realise that Blackberry, HP and Microsoft are only in the past month coming out with tablet plans; because Apple's earning report was a real blowout and the iPad is clearly more successful than even Apple thought.
Great business strategy, RIM, HP and MS!
"Yeah, uh... let's all announce some great vapourware at CES 2010..."Apple comes out with iPad
"Uh... nah, who'll want that..."Apple appears to do well with iPad
"Hmmm let's see where this goes"Apple announces blowout calendar Q2 2010 results, iPads continually sold out
"O.M.F.G. QUICK! to the insta-announce-some-productocrap-mobile!"