It’s probably fair to say that the BlackBerry PlayBook has been given a fairly lukewarm reception. The reviews have been decidedly mixed, and it was outsold by Windows-based tablets in Q2.
However, the BlackBerry PlayBook has received praise from on high this week. How high? Pretty freakin’ high.
The Register reports that the BlackBerry PlayBook has been given approval for use by White House officials and other federal agencies.
Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President of BlackBerry Security, beamed: “RIM is pleased to announce that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet approved under FIPS for use within the US federal government.
"This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organizations and enables the US federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive information."
That’s all very well and good, but maybe RIM should focus on the needs of consumers too. While BlackBerry phones are renowned for their email sexiness, the BlackBerry PlayBook launched in April without a native email client.