Ahead of the Apr. 19 launch of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook, the first reviews have appeared, with reviewers recommending that consumers hold off on purchasing the 7-inch tablet due to the “rushed to market” feel of the device.

RIM remains on track to release the PlayBook in Canada and the U.S. next Tuesday, Apr. 19. The Wi-fi tablet has been priced to compete directly with the iPad: $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for 32GB of storage and $699 for 64GB.

Though reviewers had several upbeat things to say about the PlayBook, they remained concerned about the tablet’s overall finish. For instance, critical email and calendar apps, a must for a device that is touted as the “world’s first professional-grade tablet,” are notably missing.

Admittedly, the PlayBook is able to access email and calendar features either via a bridged connection with a BlackBerry smartphone or through web apps, but reviewers found the tethering requirement unwieldy and cumbersome.

Reviewers also took issue with the bugginess of the OS, the lack of cellular data and the scant selection of compatible apps.

Click here for the full review roundup: www.appleinsider.com

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