Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook was officially launched last Tuesday amidst critics that the company may have done so prematurely. But the company says that the tablet is ready for the market – perhaps pertaining to the large consumer market that have been loyal to the BlackBerry for the past years.
And despite the criticisms and absence of highly regarded reviews, the BlackBerry Playbook surprisingly went well on its first day by selling more than 50,000 units, which is higher than the first day performance of the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Now, many are comparing the BlackBerry Playbook and the Apple iPad 2. While there is a huge and significant difference in the interface and usability – both can readily do what most consumers use their tablet computer for – social networking and working on documents.
However, many businesses are leaning towards the BlackBerry Playbook primarily because of its enhanced security features which RIM has been using as its primary selling point and key focus for the device, as announced by the PlayBook’s project manager, Ryan Biden.
He says, “From a security standpoint, what’s really cool about it is when the Bluetooth connection is broken; none of the information stays on your PlayBook. So it’s really like you have big screen access to all the content and all the security that’s there on your BlackBerry. Obviously we’ve got 4G and advanced connectivity versions coming, because we do know that people actually do want to do that as well.”