LEAK: Blackberry Tablet Due This Year

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Been wondering about that BlackBerry tablet device you have been hearing about lately? We have some exclusive information to share with you. We have confirmed with multiple sources that the 8.9″ BlackBerry tablet will be strictly a "companion" device.

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If you are wondering what it is all about, take a good hard look at the Palm Foleo. Yes, the BlackBerry tablet will not have any cellular networking built in, and will rely on either a Bluetooth connection to your BlackBerry or the built-in Wi-Fi radio. Additionally, we are hearing that the launch of the tablet is slated for December, but the team working on the project is trying to get it out to the marketplace sooner than that. Lastly, the focus of the device is said to be multimedia - think e-books, emailing, web browsing, photo viewing. To be honest, as a complementary device that is coming from RIM, we are not sure why they are even trying here. Especially since RIM employees have privately voiced their frustration to us regarding this initiative.

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DISCUSSION

Okay, I am going to stick my neck out and get it chopped off, but there is a feature we all universally hate on the BlackBerry storm that could (could) work better than the iPad: The click screen to type.

I know, I know - but hear me out. I had the pleasure of using the iPad for a long period of time, and while I firmly believe the concept represents the future of computing (it has a revision or two to go, though) - the keyboard is an insult to my typing skills. Being required to use two finger typing is absurd, but there is no way to place your hands on the device without having all of the keys activate.

So, if (if) it is done correctly, some press or click keyboard feature would allow those that know how to type the ability to actually type on the device. Maybe there are only a half dozen of us left, but that is six more tablet customers happy as a result!

Okay, maybe not. But it sounded like a good idea at the time.