RIM's PlayBook: 10 Ways It's Making the iPad An Enterprise Hit

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    Don Reisinger

1. Where's the Connectivity?

1. Where's the Connectivity?

BlackBerry smartphones succeeded, in part, because of their the connectivity options. Owners could connect to the Web via 3G on their laptops by using the BlackBerry's tethering modem option. Plus, the device itself connected to the Web via 3G whenever folks needed to check e-mails, surf the Web, or interact with a program. But the PlayBook lacks all that. In fact, it only connects to the Web via Wi-Fi or through the 3G connection of another device. That's not a good thing.

RIM's PlayBook is in trouble. Although the mobile company claims that it has the right strategy in place to take on any tablet and best the competition, the reality is, it doesn't. And the chances of RIM becoming a major player in the enterprise tablet space seem slimmer now than ever. When RIM announced the PlayBook, it seemed unfinished. And it lacked several of the key features that matter most to enterprise customers that want affordable technology that will only help their employees be more productive. And in the process, RIM has pushed those enterprise customers to Apple's iPad. After all, if the PlayBook won't suffice, and a company wants a tablet, why wouldn't they go for the iPad? With its PlayBook, RIM has pushed enterprise customers to the iPad. Here's why:
This article was originally published on 2010-10-14
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.