Jun Yang:

Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, said it will begin selling a tablet computer in North America in the first quarter for “under” $500 as it takes on Apple Inc.’s iPad.

Here’s the thing: didn’t RIM say that you needed a Blackberry to pair with the PlayBook – so if that is the case then the PlayBook will be an accessory that costs more than what it is accessorizing((A BlackBerry)), no?

Here is what RIM says:

Pair BlackBerry® PlayBook™ with a BlackBerry smartphone
via secure Bluetooth® connection for full access to:

Push technology

Email, calendar, BBM™, tasks, documents and more

BlackBerry security and data efficiency

So you only have limited access to these things without a BlackBerry? It seems it works with apps and web content, but some things require a BlackBerry, not just any smart phone but RIM’s smartphones. Anything north of $200 seems overpriced for this to me.

Posted by Ben Brooks