Monday, September 27, 2010

Team BlackBerry Gets A Tablet

BlackBerry lovers and Tablet PC enthuiast rejoice a new RIM product enters BlackBerry into the brewing Tablet battle. Joining the iPad and Samsung's upcoming GalaxyTab RIM introduces the BlackBerry PlayBook.  I have to say I'm impressed with what I'm seeing so far!

The PlayBook has a blazing fast processor (RIM calls it the fastest tablet") with a 7" screen, a 3MP front facing camera and a 5MP camera on back.  It's sounding like they will come with 16GB and 32GB models.  The PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video and has an HDMI  port as well as a microUSB port and supports WiFi and Bluetooth.

The PlayBook is being called "the professional tablet" its OS is described as a blend of BlackBerry OS and Palm's webOS (think Palm Pre/Palm Pixi); utilizing a "card view"  functionality to handle multitasking.  A nice feature is that the tablet can be tethered to your BlackBerry, negating the need to purchase a separate data plan and providing an "amplified view of what's already on your BlackBerry".  RIM also states that data will not need to be duplicated on your PlayBook and BlackBerry and that the two "can be used interchangeably"-- whatever that means exactly... The PlayBook is slated for release in early 2011!

Source: Engadget


  1. Looks promising, but there are just too many unknowns:

    - How mature is the BlackBerry Tablet OS given that it's version 1, no smartphone experience, etc.
    - User Interface: you cannot compete with the iPad without an amazing user interface. We haven't seen anything yet…
    - Price
    - Battery life – with such impressive specs, that could be a problematic area.
    - Apps: is it going to be purely web (given that Flash and Html5 are supported)? Or Java? How many apps will be available when the product is officially released?

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  2. Very good points. I think the iPad leaves a lot of room for other tablets to take a piece of the pie. But I agree version 1.0 might not live up to the hype.... Plus BlackBerry in general has become very stagnant imo they haven't really been taking the innovative steps I'd like to see but maybe this will change.

    Also I'm interested in how this thing will interact with other smart phone OS's limiting it to BlackBerry would not be smart especially the way BlackBerry has been bleeding market share