“Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet computer launched in almost empty stores on Tuesday, in a far cry from the frenzy that accompanies the debut of anything from rival Apple,” Alastair Sharp and Sinead Carew report for Reuters.
“At an Office Depot in Midtown New York, just three PlayBooks, RIM’s answer to the Apple iPad, left the shelves in the 20 minutes after the store opened, a store employee said,” Sharp and Carew report. “‘It’s going to be a tough sell to the consumer,’ BGC Partner analyst Colin Gillis said of the PlayBook, a sleek but flawed gadget that doesn’t yet offer the secure email that is the trademark of RIM’s ubiquitous BlackBerry.”
Sharp and Carew report, “Early reviews panned the WiFi-only PlayBook for lacking email and organizer applications — the gadget needs a BlackBerry to access those. In a likely blow to RIM, key U.S. carrier AT&T said it will not support the BlackBerry Bridge function that lets the PlayBook mirror a BlackBerry smartphone. AT&T, the second largest U.S. carrier, said it was still testing the secure software… The PlayBook launch was a stark contrast to the frenzy when Apple launched its iPad 2 a month ago and consumers lined up overnight to buy the gadget.”
MacDailyNews Take: They’re still lining up for iPad 2 outside Apple Stores every morning.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]
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