PlayBook outsells iPad ... for a week, at least
For a company as embattled as Research In Motion, you need to develop a bit of tunnel vision when a slice of good news comes along.
For nearly a year the PlayBook, its answer to the iPad only when you forget that Apple asked the question a full 12 months earlier, was a bona fide dud, a sales disaster no one would buy no matter how many discounts were applied to the tablet.
And look, the PlayBook got email just last month. This was one sad story.
But wait, announced RIM recently. Forget everything else and focus on this: last week, the PlayBook outsold the iPad at Future Shop and Best Buy!
Indeed, we will have to give them this, at least. The Waterloo-based tech firm reported through its official Twitter account that the PlayBook outsold the iPad last week at Canada’s two largest electronics retailers.
*Bing: How much does the PlayBook cost?
When pressed for more by CBC News, RIM declined to offer more sales stats, just that the PlayBook sold more than the iPad and that’s all we need to know.
The cynic will immediately rip the report, of course. They’ll say, Well, yeah no one bought the iPad last week, everyone’s got one already!
But in fact the real angle here might not be far off.
Surely, the spike in PlayBook sales – or, if you prefer, lag in iPad sales – may well have nothing to do with recent operating system updates that fixed a number of bugs or the addition of email to RIM’s touchscreen.
Instead, it might just have everything to do with its competitor, Apple, which is likely to release its iPad 3 later this month. Such an event probably led to whatever consumers would buy an iPad anyway to wait a week, giving RIM the pole position for one seven day stretch, at least.
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
*Digital Trends photo.
Posted by: Amar H | Mar 8, 2022 12:06:13 AM
I bought the playbook and I am impressed with how far ahead of its time it is. For $200 you cant go wrong and the size is perfect for travel.
Posted by: Fillip | Mar 8, 2022 1:32:24 AM
I have a Playbook and actually like it quite a bit. It is handy that it syncs up with my blackberry phone. But I have also used my girlfriend's Ipad. I have to admit the Ipad is a sleeker machine but it's not a lot better like the media would have you believe. I'd say the Playbook is 75% as good as the Ipad. The main difference is the Ipad is bigger, has a stronger wifi antenna and a better battery life. Yes there are way more Ipad apps but most of them are apps most people don't use. And it's not true that the Playbook never had email until recently...that is simply journalistic error. It's true that Playbook didn't have "native" email until recently but I've been checking my work email and my hotmail since the first day. I think the Playbook has gotten a bad rap in the media.
Posted by: coletta | Mar 8, 2022 7:24:36 AM
The matter, I think is,is not that maybe the I pad is better than the playbook or any other pad around the world, the matter is that you get the feeling the IT media gets money under the table or thrive in destroying a brand to promote unother. Look at what was done to Kodak (despite their own faults)the media gloryfying brands coming from countries where the cost of labour is one tenth of ours.....sooner or later...even their jobs will go in favour of some cheap gig in place far away. So far nobody I think is objectively tested pads or phones to see where they stand against each other putting aside some of their features such as watching tV on it(yes advertise the feature, but you must have the nerve to disclose how much this features cost fron the wireless carrier, and so on.) It is becoming apparent that (going back to RIM vs Apple) Apple wants you to dispose of their products as soon as a as they come up with a different (upgraded) model while the IT media wants RIM to do the same to compete with Apple when indeed RIM has a different phylosofy and surely a different customer base.
To answer you like others , I have had I phones and blackberries I got rid of the I phone and went back to Blackberry....because that is what i like and not what some It media writer would like me to do.
Posted by: Mr. Negative | Mar 8, 2022 8:18:30 AM
Good for RIM. this is a funny debate as both products are good but really aren't worth the money. We as consumers keep getting sucked in by the media and our peers to go out and buy the latest cheaply made product, which only makes the investors and brass rich. Most of us could live without these products, and we simply purchase them for our wants vs needs. When you look at any of the tech companies around the world and you consider how much money they make, where the products are built and the service charges that come with them..........we are being gouged to the highest extreme. For instance, take a look at your next phone bill, cable bill or internet bill, and think about how much money these companies have? Ask yourself why they cost hundreds of dollars when they are being made in 3rd world countries for pennies? I often ask myself, what is so great about this product? How does it better my life? and last but not least, how is this saving me money? To me, these products are useless if not used for business purposes. We don't need more ways to watch TV and be exposed to advertising, rather we need to live our lifes with what we have.
Final thought of the day: stop wasting our money on the new gadgets. You're TV or computer at home works just fine. The technology is advancing but for reasons such as angry bird or different apps. We can keep telling ourselves different , as the money is burning a hole in our pockets, but the truth is......they are toys and have no real value. You cannot eat them, or put your kid through school with one.
Save your money - could be useful for a rainy day!
Posted by: Dave | Mar 8, 2022 10:14:47 AM
If you are a BB phone user a PLAYBOOK is a no brainer.....same price as APPLE'S IPOD TOUCH and similar functions to IPAD.
All those other companies are hosing us on pricing of the Tablets. RIM was forced to sell it lower perhaps, but it shows where the pricing could be for everyone's version.
Posted by: New Grad | Mar 8, 2022 10:47:21 AM
I will always be loyal to RIM. I agree that the media is a big player in this. Can the Ipad do more? Ya I suppose so. But more of what? Does it really matter. I don't have an Ipad or Playbook, but I will stick with RIM as company.
Posted by: PetPeeve | Mar 8, 2022 11:12:04 AM
I am a firm supporter of my Blackberry, I don't need any of the other gadgets, because that is all they are.
The new IPad is on its way... for what to show off? When do people work if all the time they have is spent on the IPad?
Keep them where they are, I don't think in our economic times that people can really afford these luxuries. They are the things that cause assaults and injuries because there are too many who want but can't afford.
The media should stop glorifying these products and people should spend their money on educating their children.
Posted by: J | Mar 8, 2022 12:43:58 PM
I'll stick with RIM as well. I like the blackberry. It is the business product that is best. The fact is, in offices employees have too many things 'to play' with as it is. Cubicles and the internet don't encourage productivity and the economy and stress people are under, the tendency to play at work is probably higher now.
If you're serious and want your employees to be as well, you need serious business tools and RIM provides them. THEY ARE THE BEST FOR BUSINESS.
Extra bells and whistles and nonsense should be left to people who aren't interested in running efficient organizations or being good in their work.
Posted by: Ken | Mar 8, 2022 12:48:09 PM
People need a phone. I decided to not get a home phone, but instead use my blackberry for my home phone and internet as well and get a pretty decent deal on both. I'm going to keep using it. It does what I need it to. That's what I care about.
I've always enjoyed using my bb and feel proud to support a Canadian company.
Posted by: John | Mar 8, 2022 12:56:56 PM
Just look at the best and drool on it then play with the junk you paid for with your hard earned money.
Posted by: Li | Mar 8, 2022 12:58:20 PM
Maybe its because people stopped buying ipad 2 and were waiting to buy the ipad 3.... duh....
Posted by: paul k | Mar 8, 2022 1:33:44 PM
i dont know why the canadian and american media hates and i mean 'hates' RIM? they have great products and great prices that effectively produce whatever work/play you want in life. give em a break and buy a playbook!! love
Posted by: eva | Mar 8, 2022 3:08:21 PM
I am not trying to trivialize what Apple has already done to revolutionize the tech industry and I am not here to defend RIM. I don't have either device. I'm just trying to open people's eyes and minds. All the Apple products are manufactured in China at a factory called Foxconn. They pay their workers $1.78/hr and I don't know what the materials cost for the the iphone, ipod, ipad and I know that Apple products are the most expensive in the marketplace. Apple introduces incremental upgrades to all their products and creates a frenzy among it's users to obtain the latest and the greatest at the expense of their own or their parents' financial hardship. Where is it going to end?
Posted by: Doug | Mar 8, 2022 4:00:00 PM
Wow...love the sarcasm...no facts or important journalistic skills evident but you have the sarcastic RIM bashing down pat...good for you! Once you graduate from hight school maybe you can take a course in research and perhaps include facts in your articles....wouldn't that be fun???
Go drink some more ''apple koolaid''.
Posted by: Daniel | Mar 8, 2022 4:18:02 PM
The media's obsession with bashing RIM is a huge contributer to RIM's issues with keeping market share in some markets. Take a look at real user reviews of the Blackberry Playbook (check out Best Buy/Future Shop) and you'll find that they differ greatly from the media reviews (and are in favour of the tablet). I own an iPhone 4 (I've owned the 3G, 3GS as well). The iPad to me is just a larger iPod Touch - in other words, superferlous if you already own an iphone/ipod. Sure there are a few other apps and the screen is larger but it doesn't DO anything extra. I like the Playbook because it isn't large and heavy, or awkward; it has by far the most intuitive, secure, and advanced software and user interface - it's clean, elegant, and works. The Playbook could always access email via the internet, it just didn't have a native email app. The latest update brough many new features and in many areas puts far above the iPad. The iPad does a few things better but it most certainly is not the best in every department (unlike what the media would have you believe). The Playbook still has among the best specs of any tablet and it's almost a year old. I've never once owned a Blackberry product (I don't even own the Playbook). I'm just tired of the lies and deceit and would love to have some unbiased reporting.
Posted by: The reality of it... | Mar 8, 2022 5:28:02 PM
I still think my original iPad is great and certainly don't need to replace it. Might have gone for the Playbook but it wasn't out at the time. I'm perfectly happy with my Blackberry as well. The problem is there are so many options and alternatives for every device anymore that RIM is just another player in a crowded, competetive market. And because these types of purchases are used with very discretionary funds most people tend to go with whatever is making the biggest spash and gives the biggest bragging rights at the moment. Except for us Canadians who bang thier gong because it's a homegrown company RIM just doesn't seem as exciting as Apple anymore. For instance who is going to boast that they just bought a new Playbook as compared to a iPad 3 right now? The reality is it's about bling, not substance.
Posted by: Bev Nixon | Mar 8, 2022 8:57:09 PM
Love my playbook. I think the media should get out of the business of misinformation. I have had access for e-mail since I bought it. It is time to start supporting our Canadian manufacturers instead of bashing them!!!
Posted by: Jesse | Mar 8, 2022 9:38:38 PM
Jason, another iHeartApple fanboy, you really are completely out of touch with reality. Playbook is an all around better tablet for less than half the price. Your ought to use the devices you write about, and maybe then you would understand why the playbook is selling well at it's current price. Yes, it was overpriced in the beginning (just like all Apple products). But not a person in the world could compare value now that the price difference is so large. Anyone who buys an iPad now (especially an iPad3) is doing so strictly for the name. And if history has taught us anything, people only buy on a name for so long. Without a real 'revolutionary' upgrade to the iPad/iPhone, it will fall to the same fate as the early blackberry phones.....overpriced, in a market crowded with comparable (if not better) and cheaper devices. RIM will stand strong. With their new advertising strategy and devices, they will have units in the hands of millions more users. The profits will come from continued app sales.
Posted by: Indira | Mar 8, 2022 11:30:28 PM
I love my playbook, I waited for RIM's tablet. I'm not interested in toys and how many apps and games a device has. I need tools for business, I don't have times to play games hours on end on my smartphone or tablet. The playbook and blackberry apps are quality apps and guess what I don't need to worry about viruses amd malware. I love how seamlessly it synchronizes with my blackberry - email and bbms. The new operating system is excellent.
Like the BB add says... I need action not distraction!
Posted by: Mark | Mar 8, 2022 11:47:24 PM
The media will say whatever for ratings, I agree the journalist who wrote this article needs to get the facts before writing an article. RIM should be commended for not having sweatshops to produce their products. Where is the support for Canadian companies? They have solid products and provide excellent business tools. No one will ever come close to BBM.
I love my RIM phone and playbook!