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A November release date is expected for the rival tablet.

The company Research In Motion, maker of the Blackberry smartphone, could be gearing up to take a bite out of the Apple iPad market come this November.  It is speculated that RIM is developing a touchscreen tablet called the "Blackpad" to compete with the popular tablet.  Sources indicate that the RIM pad will be similar to the iPad in many ways.  

Two people familiar with the company have already confirmed the plans, according to
 Bloomberg and Apple Insider.

"With the success of the iPad, RIM faces an uphill battle,” said William Power, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., “RIM really has yet to demonstrate that it can roll out touchscreen technology to match the leaders in the space, most noticeably Apple."

The Blackpad would reportedly be identical in dimensions to the iPad, featuring a 9.7 inch screen and would be within the same price range -- starting at $499. 

The tablet would include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and would allow users to to be tethered through their Blackberry phone.  This is something that Apple does not currently allow with the iPhone and the iPad. The RIM tablet will also have front and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing.

"They can’t wait for a second generation of devices from Apple or they’ll fall too far behind," said Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw Inc. in New York. 

Reports indicate that the domain name was acquired by RIM earlier this month.

HP recently applied for and was awarded a trademark for the name PalmPad.  The company confirmed that a tablet is currently being developed.

In late July, India announced that they were looking for a manufacturer to produce a $35 tablet that the country is working on, to compete with the iPad.

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RE: Enterprise market
By MScrip on 8/1/2010 11:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. A Blackberry tablet will probably be great for the corporate world... but I'm afraid that RIM might be done in the consumer market.

I look at the dozens of friends I have with Blackberries currently... and none of them are getting another Blackberry.

The reason? Too many Android phones with nice large screens and decent apps grabbing their attention now.

I'm one of them. I got a BB Curve 8330 because my girlfriend has a Blackberry for work. Blackberry Messenger is awesome... and I have lots of other friends with BBs too.

But I'm done with it. BB keyboards are awesome... but I'm over it. I'll learn to type on a Droid X touchscreen... and also enjoy free Google Nav, real apps, a giant screen, etc.

Oops... sorry for getting off-topic. But the same is true for a Blackberry tablet. I don't see it taking off with anyone but the enterprise market... not with Android tablets tempting consumers soon.

RE: Enterprise market
By spread on 8/2/2010 12:04:54 AM , Rating: 3
Blackberry is still going strong. People like a phone with an actual keypad. You can't simulate the press of a button on a flush screen.

RE: Enterprise market
By MScrip on 8/2/2010 4:56:58 AM , Rating: 2
No doubt. And some consumers will still buy Blackberries for the keyboard. They're one step up from a messaging phone... adding a data plan for internet access. And Blackberries will always be a staple for the enterprise for many years to come.

For others... big screen app phones are becoming the norm... and they're becoming more popular every day.

I loved my Blackberry. But I'm looking for more in a phone now... and I'm not the only one.

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