Anticipation awaits for an announcement of the BlackPad from the Research In Motion (RIM) developer conference taking place next week. The question looms if it can be a smashing success?
BlackPad image from BlackBerryRocks
My first honest answer to this is a solid NO. I personally have not had hands-on time yet, so this is all from thought and analysis of the market trends I see daily. While some business executives may dabble with this, and the promise of tight enterprise integration already exists for BlackBerry, the consumer edge of a mature application market leaves RIM in the shadows.
I can see the smaller footprint size being a draw, reported at 7 inches. As well as the data network RIM has carefully built over the years. But the fun stops there. I would not see this as a replacement or even companion to existing BlackBerry users. The operating system for the current devices cannot be conducive to a tablet type interface. I have been an avid fan, user and evangelist of BlackBerry devices of all types for years.
I just can’t yet get a grasp how a consumer would want or use this or an enterprise need it. Yet.
InfoMobile has some opinions on the idea of the BlackPad as well.