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  • Forget the iPhone, BlackBerry May Take on the iPad



    While it isn't yet clear who will be the first brave combatant to challenge Apple head-on in the tablet market, it's inevitable that some intrepid warrior and its own tablet will soon lock horns with the iPad. And then another... and another, and another. Indeed, the tablet market has proven far too lucrative to Apple for other consumer electronics giants to leave the entire market for Cupertino alone.

    Following yesterday's word from Sony that it may enter the tablet pool to mix things up with Apple (but only if it first determines if there is adequate consumer interest to make such a venture worthwhile), today we're learning that Research In Motion, the makers of the BlackBerry, is reportedly also looking into a tablet of its own.

    Having failed to unseat the iPhone as the world's most ubiquitous smartphone, perhaps the envisioned "BlackBerry Tablet" would have better luck fairing against the iPad. If nothing more, some industry analysts say that a BlackBerry tablet could ultimately be a wise product development because it could, in turn, aid sales of Blackberry phones as well. If initial reports prove accurate, there will be "no mobile networking" for the tablet. Instead, the device will connect to a BlackBerry phone through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

    In the first full month of its release, Apple sold in excess of one million iPads - an impressive start to the estimated four to five million units that industry analysts think will be sold before the end of 2010.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Forget the iPhone, BlackBerry May Take on the iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Uh...
      Ipad will win if this one is running blackberry
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This is something i would like to see
    1. donkeykongking's Avatar
      donkeykongking -
      this is true, i live like 10 min away from rim in canada, i know several workers there, its expected to come sometimes next year
    1. thechronic's Avatar
      thechronic -
      I am very interested to see what type of mobile operating system it's going to run.

      And what RIM will call the device.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      BlackBerry OS is ugly and all tablets suck too.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      lol, if they cant take on the iphone, why do they think they can catch up with 1M+ iPads?
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhone3G[S] View Post
      lol, if they cant take on the iphone, why do they think they can catch up with 1M+ iPads?
      Funny,, RIM is #2 Worldwide and #1 in the US, even Android based phones are selling more than iphones. RIM does not need to take on iphones is Apple who needs to take on RIM
    1. iJake's Avatar
      iJake -
      Quote Originally Posted by eortizr View Post
      Funny,, RIM is #2 Worldwide and #1 in the US, even Android based phones are selling more than iphones. RIM does not need to take on iphones is Apple who needs to take on RIM
      I dare say majority of RIM-BlackBerry users are businesses, and where the iPhone cannot really be marked as enterprise grade. iPhones are consumer based and that's that - However, there is a great deal of potential with the iPhone 3rd Gen, and should Apple need to they will pull that rabbit out of the hat.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Good job for wasting your time, Blackberry. By doing this, you making the iPad get better features. Expect the Blackberry to be OM NOM NOM NOM by the iPad.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      First, they need to change their logo to something that isn't a bunch of buttons.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      For a networking device like a tablet, BlackBerry wants you to connect it to a BB phone for data connection? The whole idea behind the tablet, is connectivity and mobile use is it not? That would be unwise and a misstep IMHO.

      I can understand they want to sell more BB phones but this is not the way to go about it. They already lead in business. They need to get a hold of consumers. I don't see consumers willing to purchase both a tablet and BB cell just to get data connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth. Hell I still think BB releases devices that still don't use WiFi.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Blackberry can build good devices, but Apple is on another playing field.
    1. AlexCrammer's Avatar
      AlexCrammer -
      umm sorry your wrong :P
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Blackberry is out of there league, they need to stop now before they get embarrassed! If you can't compete with the iPhone, what makes you think you can compete with the iPad???
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      if "PC" companies start to jump into the tablet market then Apple is going to go down in a ball of flames! Apple won't be outdone by one company in particular... Apple will be overtaken by the flood of tablets and the freedom those tablets offer over what the iPad can offer.

      The iPod/iPhone market yeah... but the closer the fight comes to "computer" type markets... i just dont see how Apple could win...

      tim
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Nothing will beat the iphone, why? Because as much as everyone wants to say "apps dont make the phone a better phone"...

      Thats why people love it. I see local companies in my area making an app for the iPhone not Blackberry ie "Chipotle" and "Chase Bank".

      Sure there are some made for BB but come on... It cant compete.

      Also, like someone else already said--BB are for business people whereas iPhone is for everyone. I cant really see how a tablet will increase sales either... If I bought the tablet its for tablet use, it wouldnt compel me to get the phone.

      Oh well--its a really illogical and unreasonable competition. Its a popularity contest just like high school. Prom King and Queen dont get voted for how many talents they have, theyre voted for how popular they are. Just like how popular the iPhone is.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      And exactly how does the bb not compete with the iphone

      Killer battery life-check

      True push on as many email accounts as you want-check

      Open source FW-check

      The bb OS won't win any beauty pagents, but over all it is extremely solid. And there's a reason its still preferred 1000000 to 1 over any other device for email and corporate usage. Just sayin.
    1. tcunningham1589's Avatar
      tcunningham1589 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      BlackBerry OS is ugly and all tablets suck too.
      Vanilla BBOS is ugly. But there are some pretty sick themes out there.
    1. Markanthony3211's Avatar
      Markanthony3211 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nickaroni22 View Post
      Blackberry is out of there league, they need to stop now before they get embarrassed! If you can't compete with the iPhone, what makes you think you can compete with the iPad???
      You stole the words from right under me, theres no way in hell that RIM can pull this off, unless they decide to rebuild there OS from ground up. As of right now, they need to just stick to the cell phone market, because if you think about it, Apple 'Specializes' in computers, so RIM is jumping into Apples arena, which means, YES "They are far out of their league". If they can't take the iPhone, there's no way they can touch the iPad with a 10 foot pole.




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    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I'm all for the competition. Every new product that gains traction forces Apple to respond with updates and upgrades. Progress on all fronts is great. But Blackberry? Three years in aren't we still waiting to see the "iPhone-killer"?