45,000 Blackberry Playbooks Sold on Launch

BlackBerry has launched it’s Playbook and it is available on different retailers in United States & Canada. It’s priced similar to Apple iPad and costs $500 for a 16 GB version, $599 for 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB. Playbook is released only in WiFi at the moment but 3G version are schedule to release later. This version is already very late in the market and RIM blamed Apple for the delayed release of Playbook.

Playbook didn’t sell like iPad on the very first day and made around 50,000 sales. 25,000 out of these are sold in pre-orders with 20,000 in store sales unlike Apply iPad which hit 300,000 sales last  year on release day. However, comparing Playbook with Android tablet and Samsung GalTab, it made a good solid start. Playbook didn’t get that much of an attention for the time being, but pre-order sales and in-store demand is very promising.

Playbook lacks a variety of features at the moment including but not limited to built in calender, email client and no compatibility for Android apps. It is a very useful device but lacking aforementioned features would definitely effect whether or not to buy Playbook. Most of the people would definitely wait until Research in Motion (RIM) makes it a fully developed model, which could be a while before it’s done.

Seven months ago RIM announced the launch of Playbook and it’s still the same in every aspect like specification, functionality and design but no one expected it to come without an email client. RIM definitely need to work this out if they want to be competitive.

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