What Would You Think of a BlackBerry Tablet?

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I’ve been watching the coverage of the iPad launch and I haven’t seen anything more than a large iPod Touch. It’s sort of cool to be able to use iPod Touch apps on a larger screen, and it will surely make the movie watching experience better, but there was far too much hype over this device.

While Mike Lazaridis doesn’t seem too elated about the idea of a tablet, and would probably not let RIM go down that path, it still could happen. With enough pressure from marketing, and if Apple make a fortune on the tablet, the financial incentive could be enough. I think the BlackBerry OS would be more conducive to a tablet because it comes with push notifications and multitasking, but there are a few things that need to happen at RIM first, before a tablet could really be successful.

Eliminate the need to port - Apple has the right idea when it comes to alleviating the porting headaches from developers. This is something RIM really needs to work on and if they were to consider a tablet, they would have to come up with the ultimate porting solution as well. If all the developer has to do is build it once and have it running on both a BlackBerry smartphone and a BlackBerry tablet, they’ll do it.

Create a rich browsing experienceThere was a moment when Steve Jobs was browsing the Internet on the iPad and he came across a page requiring a plugin. This was a huge mistake because it made it clear that the browsing experience wasn’t like it is on a desktop. RIM will need to take some technology hints from Skyfire and Opera, and make the browsing experience no different than that of a laptop/desktop.

Leave the cables at home – The iPad still requires you to use a USB cable to sync with your desktop. A good tablet experience shouldn’t require cables and syncing should be done OTA. Again, the iPad didn’t take any of the evolutionary steps I hoped it would.

What do you think? Would you buy a RIM Tablet?

  • gabrimen

    HAHAHAHA NO PLEASE!!!

    Let that fail just for Apple not for RIM hahahaha

    Best fail in hardware = IPAD :S

  • gabrimen

    HAHAHAHA NO PLEASE!!!

    Let that fail just for Apple not for RIM hahahaha

    Best fail in hardware = IPAD :S

  • gabrimen

    HAHAHAHA NO PLEASE!!!

    Let that fail just for Apple not for RIM hahahaha

    Best fail in hardware = IPAD :S

  • MikeD

    In a heart beat! The way I saw it yeah, aesthetically, apple has come a long way, but in terms of usability, I still prefer RIM products for their ease of use and capacity. But at times I do wonder whats taking RIM so long to make the necessary changes to better compete with all this new technologies being flinged left and right…Like ability to store apps in an external memory card, or improving on app memory usage for starters. But I guess we’ll see the places we go in the next couple of years…

  • MikeD

    In a heart beat! The way I saw it yeah, aesthetically, apple has come a long way, but in terms of usability, I still prefer RIM products for their ease of use and capacity. But at times I do wonder whats taking RIM so long to make the necessary changes to better compete with all this new technologies being flinged left and right…Like ability to store apps in an external memory card, or improving on app memory usage for starters. But I guess we’ll see the places we go in the next couple of years…

  • http://staggclan.com/ kevin

    Sign me up! I’d be more than happy to be a beta tester!

  • http://staggclan.com/ kevin

    Sign me up! I’d be more than happy to be a beta tester!

  • http://staggclan.com kevin

    Sign me up! I’d be more than happy to be a beta tester!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle McInnes

    Wow..2:1 so far for the BlackBerry Tablet. I’m personally still really torn on the idea.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle McInnes

    Wow..2:1 so far for the BlackBerry Tablet. I’m personally still really torn on the idea.

  • Peter

    The fact that it does not support Flash, has no camera and does not support multitasking means the iPad is really not much more than a glorified iPod Touch. #AppleFail I think Blackberry should focus on making better smartphones with a better focus on the consumer market.

  • Peter

    The fact that it does not support Flash, has no camera and does not support multitasking means the iPad is really not much more than a glorified iPod Touch. #AppleFail I think Blackberry should focus on making better smartphones with a better focus on the consumer market.

  • Peter

    The fact that it does not support Flash, has no camera and does not support multitasking means the iPad is really not much more than a glorified iPod Touch. #AppleFail I think Blackberry should focus on making better smartphones with a better focus on the consumer market.

  • Peter

    The fact that it does not support Flash, has no camera and does not support multitasking means the iPad is really not much more than a glorified iPod Touch. #AppleFail I think Blackberry should focus on making better smartphones with a better focus on the consumer market.

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/2048 Ebscer

    I agree with Lazaridis, this is nothing but an underpowered poor netbook. 140,000 apps does not compare too well with what can be run on windows…

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/2048 Ebscer

    I agree with Lazaridis, this is nothing but an underpowered poor netbook. 140,000 apps does not compare too well with what can be run on windows…

  • fluxx

    BlackBerry Tablet? I’m afraid, I’m too weak for SurePress on this one ;-)

  • fluxx

    BlackBerry Tablet? I’m afraid, I’m too weak for SurePress on this one ;-)

  • Pusherman

    I like blackberry because of it does best we all knows what that is?

  • Pusherman

    I like blackberry because of it does best we all knows what that is?

  • MMS

    I think RIM should not steal the idea, if they really wanted to have a tablet they should have thought about it before. If now they decide to have one, it’ll be nothing but a cheap way of creating a new product.

    The only reason people still love regular BB devices more liked than the Storm is because they are different from other touch screen devices and have the original RIM idea.

    I would simply lose respect for RIM if they go after tablet, simply to compete with Apple or because (now) they think its a good idea.

  • MMS

    I think RIM should not steal the idea, if they really wanted to have a tablet they should have thought about it before. If now they decide to have one, it’ll be nothing but a cheap way of creating a new product.

    The only reason people still love regular BB devices more liked than the Storm is because they are different from other touch screen devices and have the original RIM idea.

    I would simply lose respect for RIM if they go after tablet, simply to compete with Apple or because (now) they think its a good idea.

  • MMS

    I think RIM should not steal the idea, if they really wanted to have a tablet they should have thought about it before. If now they decide to have one, it’ll be nothing but a cheap way of creating a new product.

    The only reason people still love regular BB devices more liked than the Storm is because they are different from other touch screen devices and have the original RIM idea.

    I would simply lose respect for RIM if they go after tablet, simply to compete with Apple or because (now) they think its a good idea.

  • John McHammond

    I think a lot of people are missing the point here: Apple has just launched a product that is going to better serve new consumer behavior they helped to cultivate with the iPhone.

    New behavior:
    1. Users using their iPhone and iPod Touch to surf the web on their couch, even though they have a laptop or desktop just down the hall.
    2. Reading books on these devices.

    Combine these behaviors with other activities like watching movies, etc… and now simply improve them with a better, affordable piece of hardware that the majority of users will already understand how to use before they even buy it.

    Put another way: they watched, and listened to their customers, and are responding to their requests. What a novel approach!

    RIM has made a great business in the enterprise smartphone space, and is seeing unexpected success in the consumer space on the back of one app: email. RIM consistently demonstrates an exceptional ability to also listen and respond to customer requests with product. The only problem, is that their customers are not you and I, they are the wireless carriers of the world.

    RIM will never enter this market. It is not what they do.

    I can’t believe the Apple doubters out there. At $499 (less than a comparable iPhone), you don’t think their customers will also get this to perch on their coffee tables or kitchen counters? Come on people. You know you want one.

    -JM
    (BlackBerry user since 1999)

  • John McHammond

    I think a lot of people are missing the point here: Apple has just launched a product that is going to better serve new consumer behavior they helped to cultivate with the iPhone.

    New behavior:
    1. Users using their iPhone and iPod Touch to surf the web on their couch, even though they have a laptop or desktop just down the hall.
    2. Reading books on these devices.

    Combine these behaviors with other activities like watching movies, etc… and now simply improve them with a better, affordable piece of hardware that the majority of users will already understand how to use before they even buy it.

    Put another way: they watched, and listened to their customers, and are responding to their requests. What a novel approach!

    RIM has made a great business in the enterprise smartphone space, and is seeing unexpected success in the consumer space on the back of one app: email. RIM consistently demonstrates an exceptional ability to also listen and respond to customer requests with product. The only problem, is that their customers are not you and I, they are the wireless carriers of the world.

    RIM will never enter this market. It is not what they do.

    I can’t believe the Apple doubters out there. At $499 (less than a comparable iPhone), you don’t think their customers will also get this to perch on their coffee tables or kitchen counters? Come on people. You know you want one.

    -JM
    (BlackBerry user since 1999)

  • John McHammond

    I think a lot of people are missing the point here: Apple has just launched a product that is going to better serve new consumer behavior they helped to cultivate with the iPhone.

    New behavior:
    1. Users using their iPhone and iPod Touch to surf the web on their couch, even though they have a laptop or desktop just down the hall.
    2. Reading books on these devices.

    Combine these behaviors with other activities like watching movies, etc… and now simply improve them with a better, affordable piece of hardware that the majority of users will already understand how to use before they even buy it.

    Put another way: they watched, and listened to their customers, and are responding to their requests. What a novel approach!

    RIM has made a great business in the enterprise smartphone space, and is seeing unexpected success in the consumer space on the back of one app: email. RIM consistently demonstrates an exceptional ability to also listen and respond to customer requests with product. The only problem, is that their customers are not you and I, they are the wireless carriers of the world.

    RIM will never enter this market. It is not what they do.

    I can’t believe the Apple doubters out there. At $499 (less than a comparable iPhone), you don’t think their customers will also get this to perch on their coffee tables or kitchen counters? Come on people. You know you want one.

    -JM
    (BlackBerry user since 1999)

  • Eric

    My first BB was an 850 so I’m a long and loyal BB fanboy. But I’m also an Apple fanboy.

    Thay said RIM is so far behind the curve on touch screen, real browser, etc that a RIM tablet would be a joke. On the iPad front, you mark my words they will sell millions of this year. For me I’ve got to get my hands on one before I’ll pass final judgetment.

    But it appears to be an amazing device & at great price points.

  • Eric

    My first BB was an 850 so I’m a long and loyal BB fanboy. But I’m also an Apple fanboy.

    Thay said RIM is so far behind the curve on touch screen, real browser, etc that a RIM tablet would be a joke. On the iPad front, you mark my words they will sell millions of this year. For me I’ve got to get my hands on one before I’ll pass final judgetment.

    But it appears to be an amazing device & at great price points.

  • Laura

    I would not want a BlackBerry tablet, an iPad, or any other tablet. I already have a BlackBerry and a laptop. I don’t need another device that is in between the size of those devices.

  • Laura

    I would not want a BlackBerry tablet, an iPad, or any other tablet. I already have a BlackBerry and a laptop. I don’t need another device that is in between the size of those devices.

  • http://caspan.com/ Caspan

    To be honest I am a laptop user. I have my laptop around me almost everywhere and if not I have my BlackBerry when I am in the car or in situations where laptop just can’t be used, IE hockey game. I have no need for an in between device personally, maybe others are different then me but really what more do you need? I can understand the want to have a device like that while at a meeting to pass around with material on it that is synced with the projector etc. This is just a eReader to me and I have no real use for them.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    To be honest I am a laptop user. I have my laptop around me almost everywhere and if not I have my BlackBerry when I am in the car or in situations where laptop just can’t be used, IE hockey game. I have no need for an in between device personally, maybe others are different then me but really what more do you need? I can understand the want to have a device like that while at a meeting to pass around with material on it that is synced with the projector etc. This is just a eReader to me and I have no real use for them.

  • josh

    K well the device is quite nice and will no doubt work smooth. But forget brands and company names for a sec… think about a device that could browse as smooth as iPad/Touch etc, iTunes, App Store, iBook Store AND have push, multitasking etc!!! The iPad no doubt will bring in at least 1B for apple. But if you had a mix of RIM and Apple for ex. Rim security and push along with Apple swiftness and Stores you would have one sick freakin device.

  • josh

    K well the device is quite nice and will no doubt work smooth. But forget brands and company names for a sec… think about a device that could browse as smooth as iPad/Touch etc, iTunes, App Store, iBook Store AND have push, multitasking etc!!! The iPad no doubt will bring in at least 1B for apple. But if you had a mix of RIM and Apple for ex. Rim security and push along with Apple swiftness and Stores you would have one sick freakin device.

  • Ben

    If Apple sold paper bags full of dog droppings and called it iS**t the fanbois would line up and pay as outragious a price for it as they are this new pad thing, BUT, if this is what will make em’ happy then good for them.

  • Ben

    If Apple sold paper bags full of dog droppings and called it iS**t the fanbois would line up and pay as outragious a price for it as they are this new pad thing, BUT, if this is what will make em’ happy then good for them.

  • Anthony

    RIM needs to do a lot of work…the BB os is dated. They need to brush up the bb OS let alone an attempt at a pad/slate/tablet thing, it would be a disaster. It is beyond hardware, the software is of utmost importance…that is where apple excels…ps, i own a berry, and i love..but RIM has some catching up to do.

  • Anthony

    RIM needs to do a lot of work…the BB os is dated. They need to brush up the bb OS let alone an attempt at a pad/slate/tablet thing, it would be a disaster. It is beyond hardware, the software is of utmost importance…that is where apple excels…ps, i own a berry, and i love..but RIM has some catching up to do.

  • Caro

    No thanks RIM…leave the tablet to the Apple pros…I’m not hating on bb, I currently love my bold but if I can somehow create a ibold that would be a great piece of technology. Both RIM and Apple are great companies and so far they have been the leading developers in our world of technology.

  • Caro

    No thanks RIM…leave the tablet to the Apple pros…I’m not hating on bb, I currently love my bold but if I can somehow create a ibold that would be a great piece of technology. Both RIM and Apple are great companies and so far they have been the leading developers in our world of technology.

  • Caro

    No thanks RIM…leave the tablet to the Apple pros…I’m not hating on bb, I currently love my bold but if I can somehow create a ibold that would be a great piece of technology. Both RIM and Apple are great companies and so far they have been the leading developers in our world of technology.

  • http://www.mdr2.net/ mdr2

    I’m far from an Apple fanboy, but I think this iPad (stupid, stupid name) is being unfairly maligned because it’s not living up to the over-the-top expectations of Mac geeks with their incessant rumor-blogging and fake image posting of the “tablet of all tablets.” Then, when their wildest fantasies aren’t realized, they crawl into a corner and whine. Not Apple’s fault.

  • http://www.mdr2.net mdr2

    I’m far from an Apple fanboy, but I think this iPad (stupid, stupid name) is being unfairly maligned because it’s not living up to the over-the-top expectations of Mac geeks with their incessant rumor-blogging and fake image posting of the “tablet of all tablets.” Then, when their wildest fantasies aren’t realized, they crawl into a corner and whine. Not Apple’s fault.

  • mtb4me

    “Let that fail just for Apple not for RIM hahahaha”

    Who took the jam outta your doughnut, Turkish?

    Not too many “Fails” on Apple’s side, or have you been asleep for the past few years?….lots of wins, market share and $$$ for these guys!!

    Stay attuned for same with this device and watch the followers vie for a small slice of the small slice left over….

  • mtb4me

    “Let that fail just for Apple not for RIM hahahaha”

    Who took the jam outta your doughnut, Turkish?

    Not too many “Fails” on Apple’s side, or have you been asleep for the past few years?….lots of wins, market share and $$$ for these guys!!

    Stay attuned for same with this device and watch the followers vie for a small slice of the small slice left over….

  • Paul G

    RIM could possibly see how the iPad performs and decide whether or not to create a SurePress-based Tablet PC with either a HEAVILY refined version of BlackBerry OS or something else completely specific for it…

    I doubt it but it would be interesting to see if RIM will NOT make something to possibly compete with this…

  • Paul G

    RIM could possibly see how the iPad performs and decide whether or not to create a SurePress-based Tablet PC with either a HEAVILY refined version of BlackBerry OS or something else completely specific for it…

    I doubt it but it would be interesting to see if RIM will NOT make something to possibly compete with this…

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  • NQ Logic

    With the launch of the iPad tablet, Apple has managed to become the ultimate digital go-between company for high quality and high price content in a small yet very affluent segment of the population … NQ Logic encourages you to check out why Apple’s iPad is the final digital puzzle for their ultimate connected consumer strategy at http://www.nqlogic.com

  • NQ Logic

    With the launch of the iPad tablet, Apple has managed to become the ultimate digital go-between company for high quality and high price content in a small yet very affluent segment of the population … NQ Logic encourages you to check out why Apple’s iPad is the final digital puzzle for their ultimate connected consumer strategy at http://www.nqlogic.com