Nine hundred and thirty five is the number of Playbooks going back to the locker room, this based on information released in a statement from Research In Motion Ltd (RIM). Deciding to ditch the Blackberry OS6, paving the way for the new QNX Platform hasn’t started off well for the not even one-month old tablet.
“RIM determined that approximately one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16 GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up,” the company said in a statement. If you pre-ordered the device and haven’t received it yet, maybe yours was one of the ‘bad plays’. “The majority of the affected devices are still in the distribution channel and haven’t reached customers. RIM is working to replace the affected devices. In the small number of cases where a customer received a PlayBook that is unable to properly load software upon initial set-up, they can contact RIM for assistance.” Did you order a BlackBerry from Staples Inc.? According to the Engadget report, 935 of the 16 GB (gigabyte) PlayBook tablets sold through Staples Inc. are affected by the recall. Engadget has posted a list 935 SKUs which will reportedly be included in the recall. Staples did not comment. This doesn’t leave the greatest BlackBerry taste in your mouth, especially after these bold words from RIM vice president of software Alan Panezic “If we need to, we’ll be cranking new capabilities for users every two weeks.” The Playbook has a lot of competition out there with the iPad2, Android running devices and Windows as well. Since its release April 18th, the selling success of the PlayBook is speculation, Wall Street analysts estimate RIM may have sold as many as 50,000 PlayBooks on its first day of sales last month and could be on pace to sell around 500,000 before the end of May.