RIM's PlayBook matched Motorola's Xoom in sales units with 250,000 tablets sold, but in half the amount of time, according to RBC Capital Market channel checks.
in Motion sold over 250,000 Blackberry PlayBooks since April 19, matching
the Motorola Xoom in unit shipments but in half the time, according to
selling its PlayBook April 19. Motorola began selling its Xoom February 24.
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha April 28 reported
sales of 250,000 Xooms, which means the
inaugural Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet took twice as long to sell
the same amount of tablets.
Mike Abramsky, who conducted channel checks to arrive at the 250,000 PlayBook
number, said the embattled phone/tablet maker could sell as many as 500,000
PlayBooks in the first quarter.
sales remain steady since launch," Abramsky said in a research note
. "Checks at 180 Best
Buys show 14 percent of the 16GB model sold out, 71 percent of the 32GB model
sold out and 84 percent of the 64GB model sold out; however, 32GB/64GB
stock-outs appear allocation-related."
pale in the shadow of Apple's iPad, which sold
4.7 million in the first quarter alone.
considering the PlayBook suffered from poor reviews and a painful recall
of 1,000 units last week, the
PlayBook numbers have to be pleasant surprises for some industry analysts, even
if RIM's Co-CEOS Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis adopt the "we told you
so" attitudes they're entitled to.
Xoom meanwhile continues to be battered by analysts who claim
the device was released too
early because they and consumers found Honeycomb to be buggy and prone to
freezes of an inexplicable nature.
negative associations of the Xoom, it may be too late for the slate to make a
may be a silver lining for future Android tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy
Tab 8.9 and 10/1 models
, as well as the PlayBook and HP's
that more than 95 percent of consumers have
yet to buy a tablet. As of Q1 2011, only 4.8 percent of the roughly 12,000 U.S.
consumers surveyed purchased a tablet.
that could also mean more green fields for the market-defining iPad to seed,
but the other tablet makers need some hope to hold onto.