20 Apr '11, 12am

RIM launches PlayBook, fans don't play along

RIM launches PlayBook, fans don't play along

RIM's PlayBook tablet bombed with influential technology reviewers who called the iPad competitor a rushed job. -- PHOTO: AFP TORONTO/NEW YORK - RESEARCH In Motion's PlayBook tablet computer launched in thousands of stores on Tuesday and mostly stayed there, a grim reminder of Apple's lasting allure for tech-hungry consumers. By mid-afternoon, two carriers and two electronic stores in one of downtown Toronto's main shopping malls - where long lines greeted last month's iPad 2 launch - had stock available. Each started the day with no more than 5 PlayBooks. 'It's going to be a tough sell to the consumer,' BGC Partner analyst Colin Gillis said of the tablet, a sleek but flawed gadget that doesn't yet offer the secure email that is the trademark of RIM's ubiquitous BlackBerry. RIM, which has priced the PlayBook to match the iPad, has struggled to win consumer fans since Apple...

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