Research In Motion's long awaited tablet is now in the hands of reviewers and they're not digging it so much. Which is really enormously bad news for a company that has slipped badly in trying to keep up with the Apple and Android markets.

Here are arguably the top three most influential reviewers out there with their opinions:

  • Walt Mossberg: Still, unless you are constantly glued to a BlackBerry phone, or do all your email, contacts and calendar tasks via a browser, I recommend waiting on the PlayBook until more independently usable versions with the promised additions are available.

    • David Pogue: The PlayBook, then, is convenient, fast and coherently designed. But in its current half-baked form, it seems almost silly to try to assess it, let alone buy it.

    • Joshua Topolsky: But the PlayBook isn't hitting home runs just yet. The OS is still buggy and somewhat touchy. Third-party apps are a desert right now, if not in number, then certainly in quality. The lack of native email and calendar support hurts. The worst part, however, is that I can't think of a single reason to recommend this tablet over the iPad 2, or for that matter... the Xoom. And that's what it really boils down to here; what is the compelling feature that will make buyers choose the PlayBook over something else? I don't have that answer, but that's not what's troubling me -- what troubles me is that I don't think RIM has the answer either... and they should by now.

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