Originally Posted by Dubdub
IMHO, the iPad is a cult device, similar to the iPhone, which explains some of its "boom".
That's a pretty big "cult" following. We can call it what we want, but the iPad/iPhone are a success. Apple's business is strong and it's due to devices like the iPad/iPhone. If I remember correctly, Apple recently passed Exxon as the most value company in the world and while that's not the only financial metric by which companies are measured, their quarterly reports haven't exactly been bad either. Simply stated, the iPad/iPhone are good for Apple and good for the industry and consumers, as they have forced companies to innovate and offer more than the "same old, same old."
As to the Playbook specifically, the problem isn't the device itself, it's more about time and marketing. RIM is far too comfortable with its core audience. No one reign supreme forever in any market, so they need to wake and realize that offering the same device with slightly different coating, casting, color, and number isn't going to cut it for too long. As it stands now the Playbook has excellent specs, but it's also not being released now, which gives companies, specifically Apple, time to trump either the specs or approach. Announcing a device (specs an all) and releasing it 6+ months later isn't going to surprise anyone. You give the other players too much time to plan a better device/strategy.