The Playbook's 7-inch stature didn't bother our reviewer Matt so much, but people are whispering that RIM is preparing a larger 10-inch size, to go head-to-head with the iPad/Motorola Xoom. BGR is hearing it'll be later this year, and that the newly-announced BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 handset's "summer" launch is expected to be August at the earliest. [BGR]
I've been playing with the current model and it's quite nice. I agree with the assessment that the tethering function is a pain but, it's east to see were this is going. The first Blackberrys with phones were declared a total failure as well and they went on to dominate the (admittedly thin) market. Not saying this is an ipad killer but, it's going to have its place in the market as it matures.