Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 30th Sep 2010 12:12 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "I am truly shocked that so many people are being duped by BlackBerry's recent announcement of their tablet, the PlayBook. I have read endless comments from people who are saying they can't wait to get this tablet computer. Well, I think I have some bad news for you folks. There is no evidence that the PlayBook exist as advertised. Why do I say this? I will make it brief..."
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The iPad and iPhone did take a few months to release to the general public however apple did two things differently.

The iPhone demonstration was live on the stage when they previewed it, it wasn't a set up, as you can see through the blackberry video the unit he had on stage was a very early prototype and not a fully working unit unlike the iPhone.

The iPad also wasn't released the same day it was announced however it was available to attendees to try out at the event and not placed in an untouchable plastic box.

I think the bloggers point is really not to get overly excited as the IT industry has been here many times before, where a product is announced only for it to fizzle into nothing year / half a year later. Windows Slate, Courier for examples from Microsoft.

Don't get me wrong, im interested in the launch of the PlayBook, i love the idea that the QNX OS is finding it's way into public life and not simply as the OS for nuclear power plants and cars. I own and love using an iPad, i find it a really good replacement for a traveling laptop for the tasks i need to complete, and although it's starting to feel a rather worn out phrase it doesn't make it any less true to say that Competition is good, the more the merrier. During the 80's the computing industry was rife with new ideas, new hardware, new OS's, new software, the late 90's and early 2000's where as beige in innovation as the pc's sat on peoples desks.

I think the bloggers overall remark is valid, lets not get too over excited, lets see what is actually released because even if it's half as good as RIM has said it is, it's gonna be a winning product.

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