The iPad rival Research In Motion’s BlackPad could see the light of day as early as next week. It will be going up against the iPad which has sold around four million units so far, and to some may be a lost cause. But with the right planning the 7inch tablet could exploit the iPad’s biggest weaknesses, and be a big success this holiday season.
Damon Brown of Bnet is reporting that the BlackPad will use two different ways to get users online, a Wi-Fi connection and BlackBerry tethering. While both devices have Wi-Fi, the BlackPad tethering will allow customers to make use of their current cell phone plans.
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The BlackPad won’t be tied to one particular cell phone carrier, AT&T and their problems could have slowed down sales of the 3G iPad. With the tethering option the user can make their own choice of carrier.
Also users are becoming aware of the iPad’s limitations, launching FaceTime without the device having a built in camera. While we wait for a new iPad it will give other devices a chance to gain their own audience, and with the BlackPad RIM have quite a good chance of that.
Are you going to buy a BlackPad? Or do want one of the other tablets coming to the market?