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RIM: PlayBook is a 'great standalone tablet,' not 'reliant on a BlackBerry'

RIM: PlayBook is a 'great standalone tablet,' not 'reliant on a BlackBerry'
Donald Melanson
Donald Melanson|@donmelanson|January 17, 2011 6:22 PM
We're sure RIM would still prefer that you own both a BlackBerry smartphone and a PlayBook, but it looks like it's now going some way to address the potential misconception that you actually need a BlackBerry for the tablet to be of any use. Speaking with Forbes, RIM senior product manager Ryan Bidan insisted that "on its own, this is a great standalone tablet," and that "this is not a device that is reliant on a BlackBerry." As Forbes notes, however, it is true that the PlayBook needs to be tied to a BlackBerry for most PIM functions like contacts and calendar management, but Bidan says those features will come to the PlayBook separately "as the platform evolves" -- he didn't get much more specific than that, unfortunately.
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