1. MikeGS's Avatar
    BlackBerry considering PlayBook tablet successor but 'nowhere near ready' yet - Pocket-lint

    Interesting reading. They are right not to rush anything out. If they do something it will have to bring something revolutionary to the table. Personally I'd like to see some desktop integration (if not a desktop/laptop replacement) like BlackBerry Blend. Just bringing out a "me too" tablet will not cut it.

    Let's see what happens.
    02-27-14 07:40 AM
  2. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    The trick is making money with it. The PlayBook sold like 2 and a half million units, but most of those likely at a price less than they cost to build. The competitors are tough too.

    Apple has an ecosystem, a brand, the volumes and their own distribution centre

    Google makes money on "search"

    Samsung makes their own parts

    Amazon has a huge ecosystem to subsidy price.
    02-27-14 08:22 AM
  3. BroncoVAL's Avatar
    if Blackberry regains market share and stabilises as 3rd competitor in business environment, a tablet is a must-have in his catalogue.
    Another idea: also a desktop version of BB10 would be a great statement from Chen, BB10 is very elegant and simple it would fit remarkably just as well on a PC or a tablet.
    IMHO software is the way to go for regaining popularity (BBM secured version for all OSs, Balance, BB10 desktop version etc.): people would find Blackberry services very handy and efficient and thereafter could think about hardware branded Blackberry.
    02-27-14 08:58 AM
  4. Cynycl's Avatar
    I can't see them being able to compete on price. By the time this comes out $100.00 tablets will be the norm. Other than the "I'll buy anything new from BB" crowd, I don't see how they compete in the market, certainly not for new customers.

    What will the big selling feature be? We let you run android apps (sorta) without sideloading?Bridge? Bridge is not a concern for anyone with a non BB phone.

    The original playbook had (still has) so much potential. If they couldn't work with that, I have little faith in what they could do in the future with a tablet.

    They need to spend every resource dollar on software and stay out of the tablet business. They are just too little and too late to the party.
    Last edited by Cynycl; 02-27-14 at 09:48 AM.
    02-27-14 09:38 AM
  5. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    They need to spend every resource dollar on software and stay out of the tablet business. They are just too little and too late to the party.
    Agree with your points. Though I think they were actually a little 'too early' to the party. They were one of the first to market in the new tablet era after the iPad, but as we all know, it came out half finished. Shame, because I thought it had potential and still miss aspects of my old one. And also a shame because 7" tablets have since been proven to be a viable form factor and they were one of the pioneers at pushing this size despite a lot of initial skepticism form the media and also Apple (who scoffed, then tried to change their tune with some funny math about how .9" is the difference between night and day).
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    02-27-14 02:48 PM
  6. RyanGermann's Avatar
    a BB10 Tablet with specs on par with the Nexus 7 FHD would sell at least 1 to me, up to three if they are $250 or less... Or give me BB10 that I can install in an unlocked nexus 7 and i'd do that tomorrow.
    02-27-14 09:49 PM
  7. parbrook's Avatar
    Don't forget that Blackberry now has access to a lower-cost manufacturer (per Z3).
    02-28-14 04:24 AM
  8. MikeGS's Avatar
    There are two ways they can go on this in my opinion. Cheap and mass marketable, or a niche powerhouse productivity tool. I'm inclined to prefer the later, as we saw some really innovative features on the original PB which I'm sure they can build on, plus bring desktop integration/replacement aspects as well.

    Either way, would you buy one. I think I would.
    02-28-14 06:17 AM
  9. uncle_numpty's Avatar
    Thing is - they don't have to make the hardware, they can just choose any tablet manufacturer out there and put BB10 on it.

    I know this is simplyfing it, because they'd have to find a way to lock it down but the point stands.

    I don't even think they need to make a huge profit - just breaking even would be a good start.
    02-28-14 06:27 AM
  10. early2bed's Avatar
    Just put BB10 on it? I wonder if they have considered putting it in a Plahbook
    02-28-14 07:01 AM
  11. PFman's Avatar
    There is no appetite for the phones, a tablet would bomb.

    Better that they produce some solid business apps for ipad or nexus first.

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    03-01-14 01:46 AM
  12. Playbook007's Avatar
    They need to project BB10 onto current playbooks first. Then release another tablet going forward, even if it's just glass for BB10 users.

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    03-01-14 08:32 AM
  13. SprintMaverick's Avatar
    I believe they need a solution for the crowd of us that still use the current playbooks everyday bridged to our bb10 phones. They won't last forever and I'm not really interested in apple or android. My use is mainly excel, word, and email. Specs don't matter to me if it does what I want seamlessly with my q10, 20, 30, or whatever they put out next.

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    03-01-14 08:59 AM
  14. ibpluto's Avatar
    What ever they do in this area needs to be enterprise rich and ready, because that's were they have adoption potential.....not on the consumer side.....just yet

    CB10'n it via da Z
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    03-01-14 09:06 AM
  15. jpash549's Avatar
    The Foxcon connection could lead to release of a tablet with and without phone capabilities to go along with the low price phones. Whether this happens would currently appear to depend on the success in the targeted markets outside of the US, Canada and Europe. The chances of a PB II for the US would appear to be very small at this point. Perhaps BB might make an enterprise aimed tablet but it would be in a limited run and not inexpensive.
    03-01-14 10:00 AM
  16. RyanGermann's Avatar
    if they offered a way to put BB10 on a 1gig ram device but without the Android runtime, i'd take that... I have android devices for android apps and I hardly use them (devices or apps) so as "just bb10" tablet has value to me at least. (I assume that android apps nor android ports would run... and that's ok for me.)
    03-01-14 11:53 AM

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