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Pre-orders open for BlackBerry PlayBook

Pre-orders open for BlackBerry PlayBook

Lewis Curdie  May. 17, 2011 at 14:00

If you haven’t been entirely put off by the poor reception it received Stateside, or the recent news of unit recalls, you can pre-order your BlackBerry PlayBook now from Carphone Warehouse.

The Wi-Fi only 7in Blackberry Playbook comes in three models, priced £80 apart. There’s the 16GB version for £399; the 32GB BlackBerry PlayBook is £479; £559 gets you 64GB of storage. Incidentally, those prices are exactly the same as the Wi-Fi only iPad 2.

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BlackBerry PlayBook hit by 1,000-unit recall in the US

BlackBerry PlayBook hit by 1,000-unit recall in the US

Martin James  May. 16, 2011 at 11:10

Oh dear. Typical – the reviews are mixed, the spotlight is on... and then you only have to go and issue an embarrassing recall for a thousand faulty units.

This is the ongoing tale of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, around one thousand of which have reportedly been recalled suffering from a fairly fundamental problem: they were “unable to properly load software”.

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BlackBerry PlayBook goes 3D

BlackBerry PlayBook goes 3D

Lewis Curdie  May. 4, 2011 at 14:00

If you’re anything like me, the news that RIM is bringing gimmicky 3D content to its Blackberry PlayBook tablet will have been met with an audible sigh. But don’t let my curmudgeonly ways put you off. 3D tablets? The future is now, man.

RIM recently announced that it had acquired developers The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), and they’ve been busy working on content that’s displayed in not two but three dimensions. Astonishing indeed.

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Quick News

It's fair to say RIM has taken a bit of a beating over the BlackBerry PlayBook recently, with the tablet having been slated in reviews and RIM criticised for releasing a product that clearly isn't ready yet. But one analyst at least is looking on the bright side, Slashgear reports, claiming that demand for RIM's slate “far exceeds” the level of interest in the Motorola Xoom

 

RIM CEO defends email-less BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM CEO defends email-less BlackBerry PlayBook

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 18, 2011 at 10:00

RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie has spoken with Bloomberg about the soon-to-be-released BlackBerry PlayBook, which goes on sale tomorrow in the US. It was launched at a glitzy party last week in New York, but received a largely negative response from critics.

Some have suggested that the BlackBerry PlayBook has been rushed out. The 7in tablet doesn’t yet have an email client, for example, though accessing email is possible if you already happen to have a BlackBerry phone.

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Someone punch the iPad 2, please

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 16, 2011 at 13:00

Someone punch the iPad 2, please

I was really hoping that someone would step up and give the iPad a run for its money some time soon. Firstly, competition is always a good thing, and – hypothetically at least – should benefit the consumer as manufacturers try to excel each other and provide the very best products possible.

Having said that, Apple doesn’t always seem overly concerned with releasing the “best” products, not in terms of specs anyhow, and the iPhone 5 would sell a zillion units if it was simply an iPhone 4 with a 4in screen. But still, competition is good. It certainly can’t do any harm.

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Poor reception for BlackBerry PlayBook

Poor reception for BlackBerry PlayBook

Lewis Curdie  Apr. 15, 2011 at 16:00

RIM launched its BlackBerry PlayBook on Thursday evening at a swank do in New York, however the glitz and glamour couldn’t distract from the fact that the BlackBerry PlayBook has received largely negative reviews.

The general feeling seems to be that the BlackBerry PlayBook has been rushed out. The hardware side of things gets a thumbs up, but the software is lacking. The latter is something that RIM seems keen to address. Indeed, even this week RIM has pushed out several fairly significant updates.

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BlackBerry PlayBook delays caused by iPad 2 touchscreen demand

BlackBerry PlayBook delays caused by iPad 2 touchscreen demand

Martin James  Apr. 8, 2011 at 09:46

The BlackBerry PlayBook is pencilled in to launch next week, but according to Taiwan's DigiTimes there's every chance it might not make it.

And if you're looking for someone to blame, cast your eye in the direction of a certain Mr S Jobs, because it seems it's the iPad 2's popularity that's to blame.

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Quick News

It had already been semi-confirmed by a company spokesman, but now RIM has made it official: the BlackBerry PlayBook will indeed run Android apps. Head over to BGR for more details.

 

More abuse for the BlackBerry PlayBook

More abuse for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Martin James  Mar. 25, 2011 at 10:00

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.

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