Does this seem like an act of desperation? RIM is now offering a special from now to December 31, 2001. Buy 2 Playbooks and get a third one free!
RIM has delayed updates to its Playbook tablet until February 2012. One of these updates was the ability to send and receive mail from the Playbook without being tethered to a Blackberry phone.
A nice clear comparison chart of the Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple iPad, and Blackberry Playbook, put together by Reuters.