BlackBerry PlayBook: Reasons For Recall and Poor Sales

By Posted 16 May 2011, 16:25

Yesterday we informed you that RIM was to recall 1000 BlackBerry PlayBook devices, we can now tell you the reasons for this recall, as well as an update as to the poor sales of Android tablet devices. Thankfully most of the units had not been sold, so at least this will not be a recall where users will have to part with their device for a certain amount of time.

Having said that, a few will have to. The reason for the recall was due to the operating system, which AppleInsider learned had a defective build. However, this will not have anything to do with poor sales that is all down to be being rushed to the market. The reason why was due to the fact that RIM must have felts pressured into doing so, as they were being left behind in the tablet market.

Nvidia CEO has been speaking out as to why sales of Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets have been so low as well. The Motorola Xoom on paper looked to be a true contender to the Apple iPad, but Jen-Hsun Huang believes that it should have been released as a Wi-Fi only option.

We should not look too much into these poor sales figures, future Android tablets will learn from previous mistakes and bring with them new and improved features. We know one thing; Android is not dominating the tablet market, as they are the smartphone market.

Why do you think that sales of other tablets cannot compete with the iPad?

  • Guest

    What are those poor sales. Do you have numbers?

  • Jared

    Playbook sales have not been poor…in fact, they've been considerably better than expected. It's already safely moved into the #2 position behind the IPad and RIM has had to keep production fully running to keep supply available to meet the demand. The comment purporting that sales have been poor is both innaccurate and unqualified.

  • vbittersweet

    I agree with Jared and glad someone else is taking the time to point this out. I'm not certain why so many Playbook naysayers have shredded this device, some even before it had a chance to be released. The operating system and user interface are smooth and diverse. The web browsing experience puts both the iPad and the Droid tablets I've tried to shame. The HD video is amazing! And, as far as the apps are concerned…. give the developers a chance! I will say that RIM should have considered releasing the device with the option for third-party email synchronization in order to appeal to the consumer masses right out of the gate but I admire their desire to keep security at the forefront of their innovation.