Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet has released but the demand is no where near as high as for iPad 2. Unlike Apple’s device, which saw people queue up at electronic stores and was widely sold out, the PlayBook released to little public clamor or demand.

Despite being priced competitively with the iPad, the lack of built in email and organizer functions the Blackberry is famous for have led to lukewarm reviews by critics. “It’s going to be a tough sell to the consumer,” BGC Partner analyst Colin Gillis said of the PlayBook tablet.

Only 3 million PlayBooks are expected to be sold in 2011, roughly a fifth the number of iPads expected to sell over a similar time span. “It’s not going to be in the same league as the iPad,” said Al Hilwa, analyst at IDC. “The question is will it sell more than the [Motorola] Xoom but less than the [Samsung] Galaxy.

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