RIM believes its tablet can swim on its own.
One of the common criticism that Blackberry Playbook is facing is the need for the tablet to be tethered to a Blackberry smartphone in order to use PIM-related functions such as calendar, contacts and memos.
However, RIM insists that Playbook will be able to stand on its own as an independant tablet device. “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.”
Bidan says smartphone-tied PIM features will come to the Playbook separately “as the platform evolves”, although he did not get specific on the issue.