RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook recall shows that things can always get worse

Summary:RIM confirmed earlier today that a batch of 1,000 or so 16GB PlayBooks were shipped with faulty build of the PlayBook OS.

RIM has gotten a lot of flack in recent weeks over what many claim was a botched rollout of it's PlayBook tablet. And that rollout may have gotten worse.

RIM confirmed earlier today that a batch of 1,000 or so 16GB PlayBooks were shipped with faulty build of the PlayBook OS.

As many of the affected PlayBook owners noticed, their tablets were unable to load the PlayBook's user agreement, which rendered their tablets unusable. Fortunately, while the affected units were limited to a batch sent to Staples, most of them have remained unsold.

“The majority of the affected devices are still in the distribution channel and haven’t reached customers. RIM is working to replace the affected devices," RIM said in a statement.

Of course, at 1,000 devices, RIM's recall is pretty small as far as these things go. Still, at a time when the company is struggling to remain relevant in both the tablet and smartphone sphere, RIM needs all the good press it can get.  And this latest incident is most certainly not good press.

Engadget has a list of the affected devices.

Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobile OS

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Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

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