RIM Building its Own iPad-like Tablet

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Anonymous insider sources claim BlackBerry maker RIM is working on its own tablet device designed to compete with Apple’s popular iPad. The new tablet computer, possibly called the BlackPad, is supposed be available in November, and will share some similarities with Apple’s multimedia tablet, according to Bloomberg.

Like the iPad, RIM’s BlackPad will apparently include a 9.7-inch display, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, will sport a size and shape similar to the iPad, and will even fall in the same price range as the iPad. The BlackPad will also be able to tether to a BlackBerry smartphone for 3G wireless data access, will support BlackBerry email servers, and will include front and back-facing digital video cameras.

RIM isn’t saying whether or not it really is working on a tablet computer, so it’s unclear if the company will be targeting personal or business users with the device.

Considering the iPad’s popularity, competing head-on will be something of a chore for RIM. Releasing a tablet device sooner instead of later, however, will make that chore a little less daunting.

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9 Comments Leave Your Own

Tiger

BlackPad, because they can’t call it RimPad.

It’s just an ASK. Another stupid knockoff.

aardman

I do not think this RIM pad thing will succeed.

“Oh that’s nice! But I’m buying an iPad.”

Mobile devices esp. for consumers are all about the ecosystem.  RIM has no ecosystem.  Does anybody believe that RIM could ever catch up with Apple’s ecosystem?

nealg

The vulnerability for Apple and the iPad is the lack of a camera. If Blackberry comes up with a way to put the cameras in along with an easy way to do videoconferencing, then that would give them a leg up on the iPad for something that, I think, both business and consumers want. But the videoconferencing has to work like Apple’s facetime. Without effort or thought.

Neal

RonMacGuy

@Neal, don’t you think Apple will have a next gen iPad complete with camera and facetime video conferencing by the time the RIM Pad comes out in November?  I am sure Apple is working to master an iPad camera with some serious image stabilization to help offset the issue with conferencing while holding the iPad.  Next logical step.  The beauty is that Apple got a successful tablet out first (albeit missing some key features but they got it out first), built and are continuing to build a huge fan base, and will come out with an even better next gen product before anyone else can even bring one to market.  Incredible!!  That, combined with the iPad specific apps that have come out and will continue to come out, it will be a great time for Apple.  I can’t wait for iOS4 for the iPad…

Dogbrain

RIM will make something half as good at three-quarters the price, and sell a lot of them.

My prediction: There are going to be a lot of tablets on the market a year from now, mostly running Android, and some will out-spec the iPad (although without the smooth UI and the iTunes infrastructure). Apple will have to settle for 60% of a huge and rapidly expanding market. Apple will make five or ten billion a year in net profit, everyone will have a good time, the technology will advance very fast, and the consumer will have a lot of choice at low price.

This is such a fun time to be following consumer electronics!

nealg

don?t you think Apple will have a next gen iPad complete with camera and facetime video conferencing by the time the RIM Pad comes out in November??

I think it will be next year before Apple adds a camera to the iPad itself. I think they may be working on an external camera now to add to the iPad in existence now. I am totally guessing on this but this may be one of the reasons they are holding off on making the new os available for the iPad.

But as of right now, based on what we know, I am thinking that the iPad and Apple is vulnerable, to a degree, to a device that not only does videoconferencing but does it well and seamlessly like Apple does with facetime.

JMO though. And total speculation. And my family owns 2 iPads and we all think it is a great device.

Neal

computerbandgeek

If Blackberry comes up with a way to put the cameras in along with an easy way to do videoconferencing, then that would give them a leg up on the iPad for something that

RIM is a very business-oriented company. If they manage to get exclusive support for WebEx, they will sell a device like hotcakes.

RonMacGuy

@Neal, I respect your opinion, and think it will be interesting to see how Apple responds.  I frankly can’t see them waiting until 2011 when there is a huge potential for a next gen iPad for the 2010 holiday season.  There are probably hundreds of thousands that would jump on an iPad with video conferencing capability, especially those with iPhone facetime capability.

So Neal, perhaps a small wager?  A $1 bet?  LOL.

Ron

nealg

I frankly can?t see them waiting until 2011 when there is a huge potential for a next gen iPad for the 2010 holiday season.? There are probably hundreds of thousands that would jump on an iPad with video conferencing capability, especially those with iPhone facetime capability.

So Neal, perhaps a small wager?? A $1 bet?? LOL.

Ron

ll

Last wager I won money on was the first Ali Frazier fight wink so I don’t bet anymore.
I think Apple understands the potential but I don’t see them updating the iPad just after it was introduced although it could happen. It would be nice if it would happen. Then I would pick up another iPad or two for the rest of the family.

I found this article today in relation to the iPad

http://ocunwired.ocregister.com/2010/08/03/all-new-uci-medical-students-get-ipads/

Very interesting for me. This started happening with the iPod. If the iPad is already being thought of in this light, it will go a long way to establish the iPad as the market leader in its device category. I think Apple’s previous success in education with the iPod will help the iPad.

I think this is where other tablet makers will have some difficulty since people have been used to working with Apple on this. It will be interesting to see what happens, to see what Blackberry actually comes up with as well as how it is accepted.

Neal

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