PlayBook’s Poor Start Gets Worse as RIM Recalls 1,000 Units

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BlackBerry Playbook
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Initial reviews deeming the device “half-baked” meant a bad start for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and things just got a little worse as RIM recalls nearly 1,000 units.

Over 900 units have shipped with an OS build that “may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up.” It seems only 16GB models of the device are affected by the issue, most of which are still in the distribution channel and are yet to make their way into the hands of customers – which is good news for early adopters.

However, if you feel you may be the victim of a dodgy unit, you can check its serial number against the list of recalled devices – and read RIM’s official statement – over on the CrackBerry website.

If you are one of the unlucky ones, RIM will replace the device for a nice new one free of charge, so it’s not such a big deal. Though, this issue along with the bad reviews may be enough to put some people off the first generation of RIM’s tablet.