RIM To Eat $485M In Unsold PlayBook Tablets

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PlayBook versus iPad (Photo by The GameWay - http://flic.kr/p/9p5XMz)
PlayBook versus iPad (Photo by The GameWay - http://flic.kr/p/9p5XMz)

Trying to compete against Apple’s iPad can be costly – especially if you are RIM and your PlayBook tablet went from design to discount bin in record time. Today the Waterloo, Ontario company announced it will take a $485 million charge for a growing number of PlayBooks it just can’t sell.

Ooh, Sick Burn! Kindle Fire Is The ‘Netbook of Tablets’ [Analyst]

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The Kindle Fire 2 may not look this small up against the iPad.
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Netbooks were the dodo birds of technology: ill-equipped to compete and eventually done in by a consumer form of natural selection — the iPad. After just about a week on the shelf, the Kindle Fire is being labeled the “netbook of the tablet market.” Analysts looking beyond the $199 price believe the Amazon tablet just can’t compete with the market-leading Apple device. Are Kindle Fire purchasers headed for a serious case of buyers remorse?