April 14, 2011, 2:35 PM — RIM has taken the wraps off the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and so far the reviews seem to be mixed. Shortcomings aside, though, the tablet has a number of qualities that make it uniquely suited for business use.
First, let's take a look at some of the things that make the tablet ill-suited for business:
Apps-- The BlackBerry PlayBook has a meager 3,000 apps which will be unveiled next week when the tablet officially launches, and it is not capable of running apps developed for BlackBerry smartphones. While I completely understand--and agree--that the scope and quality of the apps is much more important than the quantity, the odds of finding apps of decent scope and quality are significantly higher when you have 65,000 to choose from that are designed specifically for the tablet, and another 300,000 or so developed for a smartphone but capable of running on the tablet.
BlackBerry Bridge-- The BlackBerry Bridge is innovative, and it should be a "pro" (which it is--see below), but it comes with a down side as well. The problem with the BlackBerry Bridge is that it is the only way to get your email, contacts, and such onto the tablet. There is no native ability to sync the PlayBook up with crucial data like that, which makes it too dependent on the BlackBerry Smartphone.
OK. Now, let's look at some of the unique things RIM brings to the table which set the PlayBook apart as a business tablet: