One of the biggest criticisms of RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is the tablet’s need to be tethered to a BlackBerry smartphone in order to perform certain functions. The PB must have a wireless connection to a BlackBerry in order to access PIM-related functions such as calendar, contacts and memos. The tablet also won’t be able to send or receive corporate email using its native email application without being tethered to a BlackBerry phone.
“On its own, this is a great standalone tablet,” RIM’s senior product manager in charge of the PlayBook Ryan Bidan told Forbes in an interview. “This is not a device that is reliant on a BlackBerry.” Biden goes on to say that the PlayBook is a solid tablet “in its own right” and that it extends both the mobile and laptop experiences for users.