RIM recalls BlackBerry PlayBooks over software fault £300

16th May 2011 | 08:09

RIM recalls BlackBerry PlayBooks over software fault

'Working to replace the affected devices'

TechRadar rating:

3.5 stars

A strong choice for those that like email and web browsing on the go - but there are better options out there.


1080p HD video playback; Fast dual-core processor; Bright screen; Super cheap


Too few apps; Small screen; Clunky interface; Weak battery;

RIM has responded to rumours that over 900 16GB BlackBerry PlayBooks would be recalled due to 'faulty units'.

US vendor Staples received a memo from RIM regarding the new tablet with RIM stating the affected units 'would not operate'.

CrackBerry has spoken to the manufacturer and received official word that the problem is real but won't affect a majority of users.

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"RIM determined that approximately one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16 GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up.

"The majority of the affected devices are still in the distribution channel and haven't reached customers. RIM is working to replace the affected devices.

"In the small number of cases where a customer received a PlayBook that is unable to properly load software upon initial set-up, they can contact RIM for assistance."

So at least us UK dwellers can rest a little easier - chances are the distribution chain is very different, and in any case RIM still has a month before the PlayBook UK release date anyway.

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