BlackBerry PlayBook beats the iPad in some Canadian stores

Posted on Mar 5 2012 - 4:37am by Julius

Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry smartphones, has finally got to see the fruits of its hard work as its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet outscores the Apple iPad in Best Buy Canada and its sister chain Future Shop. The BlackBerry PlayBook, which has been regarded to as a tablet joke by many, has managed to outsell the market leader last week, although the exact figures have not been released to the public yet.

It is still unclear what factor or factors that have triggered this jump in sales, but the late February release of the PlayBook 2.0 update may have been one reason. It seems that because of the update, users decided to give the device a second chance now that the software comes with its native email and calendar apps.

This achievement may be something RIM needs to stay in the game, because it seems that the company is not selling devices very well these days, with iOS and Android devices in the way. After losing too much, the company then decided to cut 60 percent of the device’s price to $199.

Despite all these, Apple still dominates the tablet market in Canada, with the iPad controlling 68 percent of the market.

The chances of the PlayBook in the United States have been dampened by Amazon’s low-cost Kindle Fire tablet, as shares the same design and it costs as much. The tablet’s success, however, will be short-lived as Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 3 this week.

 

via: Geeky Gadgets

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  1. fxgeorges March 5, 2012 at 5:16 am - Reply

    For an existing Blackberry smartphone user like me, it's definitely a golden opportunity for me to grab the Blackberry Playbook at the discounted price. I would rather term this as "once in a life time" opportunity

  2. Zemhtech March 5, 2012 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Are people truly so dense that they don't realize that no one is buying iPad 2s one week before the iPad 3 is released? Check the numbers after March 7th.

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