RIM PlayBook offers a picture of stunning contrasts. While it’s brilliant from a hardware point of view, the same isn’t applicable for the software side of it. Still, a PlayBook is one of the most secure tablet around, a fact brought out by it being declared suitable for use by the U.S. federal government agencies. The PlayBook is the only tablet to have received the coveted certificate, though that did not help the 7 inch tablet from performing better in the market. But then, that’s not the complete story as Australian Retailer Harvey Norman is reporting better than expected response to the PlayBook in Australia, while the PlayBook continues to languish elsewhere in the world.
“Sales of the PlayBook are very, very good,” said Ben McIntosh, the head at Harvey Norman. He also added: “BlackBerry has probably come from a different direction. The PlayBook was always going to be more of a niche product based on the fact that they’re really targeting the BlackBerry smartphone base that’s in Australia and the world.”
So while the TouchPad has caught on the fancy of tablet gazers worldwide, thanks to a reduced price tag of just $99, and the iPad continue its impressive run in the market, PlayBook is quietly scripting a success story of its own Down Under.
“The sales of the PlayBook have been fantastic, we’ve re-ordered multiple times and it’s exceeded our expectations,” said McIntosh.
With the sad demise of the HP TouchPad, many also began to view the PlayBook as the next entrant to the tablet museum. That the tablet is actually reporting greater acceptance is indeed a welcome piece of news for hardcore RIM enthusiasts. The QNX running tablet is expected to find buyers in far greater numbers once the much anticipated update starts rolling in.