“Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair today writes that Research in Motion’s (RIMM) forthcoming Playbook computer ‘will be poorly received by the market at launch,’ citing rising competition, and factors that will make the corporate world think twice about the device, he believes,” Tiernan Ray reports for Barron’s.
“[Balir notes], Although the BlackBerry does email better than any other device, the ‘Playbook has no native email application,’ and ‘we believe it’s a significant flaw’ in the Playbook’s design,” Ray reports. “The company’s decision to make the Playbook tether through a BlackBerry for wide-area wireless access is another flawed approach, he thinks, because ‘80%-plus of Fortune 100 companies are using or testing the iPad and companies like the New York Stock Exchange, who take security pretty seriously, have been using the iPad since last summer.’ For that reason, ‘We don’t expect many non-BlackBerry users will opt to purchase a PlayBook once they learn of the tethering requirement for email.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Welcome to iOS 4, Brian! Our iPhone does email better than any BlackBerry and the service never blacks out across North America, as seems to be at least a semiannual incident for RIM.
Ray reports, “In addition, developers only received the SDK for the Playbook two months ago, he writes, ‘which suggests that application availability will be limited at launch.’ Developers can be expected to wait until they see momentum for Playbook before committing resources, he argues, further pushing out availability of apps. Moreover, the company’s shop for apps for the BlackBerry, App World, and found it difficult to use. ‘If the experience in downloading apps is the same on the Playbook, users will avoid downloading applications altogether.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Incoming!