The BlackBerry PlayBook seems to have developed the knack of attracting all the wrong kind of attention.
Early last month we had one analyst predicting RIM's tablet would be “dead on arrival”, and now another has come out of the woodwork saying the Canadian firm has over-hyped the slate to the point that it has no chance of living up to expectations.
According to AllThingsD, Stifel analyst Doug Reid says despite the PlayBook's surprisingly competitive pricing structure, US consumers are focused mainly on the iPad 2 and Motorola's Xoom right now, predicting that RIM's tablet will struggle to make much of an impact.
“Despite minor hardware improvements, the PlayBook with Wi-Fi remains less competitive relative to both iPad 2 and Xoom,” Reid says, pointing out that RIM's decision to base services like email and the calendar around the existing BB infrastructure effectively shuts out all but the 55 million existing BlackBerry users.
He also estimates that the PlayBook will launch with only around 100 apps (notwithstanding Android apps it will be able to run), and says the 7in screen size may prove limiting with so many rival tablets now offering 10in displays.
And of course, last but not least, it still hasn't launched yet despite being announced last year already. With the iPad 2 and the Xoom already racking up the sales (in the US anyway), the PlayBook has it all to do.