Can the Blackpad compete against the iPad?
Blackberry is ready to jump in on the explosive tablet market. However, RIM (maker of Blackberry) is already under intense pressure from investors because they have yet to show signs of competing in the touchscreen space. Of course, Apple’s iPad has exploded onto the scene forcing nearly all major mobile phone manufacturers to start producing their own tablet device.
So Blackberry is gearing up with what is said to be called the Blackpad.
Blackberry has already acquired the domain Blackpad.com, which is a good indication of what’s to come.
Sources say that Blackberry is expecting the Blackpad to be out by November 2010, and that “the device will have roughly the same dimensions as the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, said the two people who wouldn’t be identified because the plans haven’t been made public. The device will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology that will allow people to connect to the Internet through their BlackBerry smartphones, the two people said.”
One feature that may give the Blackpad an advantage over the iPad – at least initially – is a rumored camera on both sides of the device. This indicates that video conferencing will be possible on the Blackpad – something the iPad has yet to deliver.
So can RIM answer the iPad with their own Blackpad device and actually compete?
Or is RIM, along with their coveted Blackberry, on their way out the door?