Monday, May 2, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook review roundup

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

It's been a little over a week since RIM's entry into the slate tablet market took place and I just wanted to round up some the reviews for our readers to peruse, here (TechCrunch), here (Engadget) and here (Gizmodo).

Overall, most were impressed with the internals, but felt like the device is still in "beta" form and lacks the polish (and apps) to lure the consumer. In fact, so many reviews contained a negative connotation, Blackberry's executives were even calling them "unfair." Hopefully RIM can manage to update the device and bring it to relevancy before the coming wave of Honeycomb slate tablets bump it's spot as the newest iPad competitor.

I have my doubts, though. RIM seems to be somewhat lost in how to deal with Apple and Android. They can't seem to make up their mind if they are an enterprise or consumer-focused company and are losing ground in both.

About the author:

Dr. Riley Alexander is a pathology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine, blog "addict" and avid follower of technology. His primary interests revolve around how technology, especially mobile, will create increased efficiency, enhanced physician education and better delivery of care in the medical field. Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine with a combined MD/MBA, in partnership with IU's Kelley School of Business. Due to this, he is also very interested in management, healthcare policy and non-clinical aspects of the medical field and enjoys exploring non-clinical opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. He completed his undergraduate education at IU-Bloomington.

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