There’s a rumor going around that the company behind the BlackBerry smartphone might be getting into the tablet game.
The evidence is a bit weak at this point. All we know is that a few sources are claiming Research in Motion placed orders for 8.9 inch displays from a Taiwanese component maker.
That could mean that BlackBerry is working on a tablet to compete head to head with Apple’s iPad. But it could also mean the company is working on a Redfly-like device that will sync with your phone and offer you a bigger screen for browsing the web and writing documents.
Or it could just mean that BlackBerry is doing some research into possible product categories and that this will lead to absolutely nothing at all. As with any rumor, it’s also possible that no orders were placed at all. It wasn’t that long ago that RIM’s CEO suggested the company wasn’t interested in netbooks or other larger-than-smartphone devices. So take this with a grain of salt and all that… but it does lead to the question: is anybody looking for a BlackBerry tablet?
Sure, Apple’s iPad is selling quite well, thus proving that the world is cool with a large tablet running an OS that was designed for smartphones. And there are plenty of companies working to bring Google Android-based tablets to market. But with Research in Motion’s focus on enterprise customers, I have to wonder whether the BlackBerry OS really makes sense on an iPad-like tablet. The form factor really seems to make more sense for entertainment-focused devices for surfing the web and watching movies, not enterprise activities like managing email and documents — although Apple has demonstrated that you can run office software like iWorks on a tablet if you rethink the user interface.
via Netbook Choice