PlayBook yet to fulfill, early reviews state

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The newest of the tablets hasn't drawn the strongest of early reviews, pushing down its manufacturer's stock price as the long-awaited device was widely anticipated as a spur to a company's lagging performance during the past year, CNN reports .

The PlayBook tablet, a product of the manufacturer of BlackBerry handheld devices under development for the past six months, takes on the aura of an unfinished work. Maybe the new product by Research in Motion is still in motion.

"The PlayBook does not have e-mail, calendar or address book apps of its own. You read that right. R.I.M. has just shipped a BlackBerry product that cannot do e-mail. It must be skating season in hell," according to New York Times reviewer David Pogue .

However, the manufacturer plans to release those applications this summer.

The BlackBerry's fate has slipped from the preferred, dominant device of the corporate market, largely because of advances by the iPhone and the iPad, both of which are manufactured by Apple ( APPL ).

At 9:44 a.m. on Friday, RIM stock was up 0.50 percent, a 0.27 cent increase to $54.19 per share.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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